Finally some good news for our Planet
Is it too late already?
I have been writing a lot about “negative” news like Global Warming/Climate Change if the Human Race will become extinct and more of these worrisome things. The Amazons Rainforest is disappearing and animal species are vanishing. Where ever you look it is not positive. We are burying ourselves in plastic, the total is rather depressing. Scientist tell us we have reached the point of no return, is that really true, is there really no hope for us or our beautiful planet?
I subscribe for many years to Share International and in the Septembre, edition appeared an article which offers a ray of light in our dark existence.
Mr. Paul Hawken, editor of the recent New York Times bestseller “Drawdown” admits that the chosen subtitle “ The most complete plan to have ever been proposed to reverse Climate Change “ is bold.
This subtitle was chosen as before never ever any real plan had been presented to avoid this catastrophe. There were many different ideas put out there how to reduce the global temperature rise so it would not exceed the 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But it was never possible to have all countries agree to the necessary measurements. Therefore, nothing much ever happened which would cause any effective change.
The interesting book by Mr. Hawken
Mr. Hawken started to investigate for his book already way back in 2001. He is a well-respected author and ecologist. Interviewing the climate and environmental experts he would ask if they knew what it would need to stop and reverse Global Warming. Each of these experts agreed that a list of solutions was makeable but as this was outside their expertise nothing really came of this idea. After various years of investigating Mr. Hawken stopped trying to find solutions.
In 2012 Mr. Bill McKibben published an article “ The new and terrifying calculus on Climate Change”. Friends of Mr. Hawken pointed out to him that time had run out already but he saw it more like the before last call. He founded Project Drawdown, an International Coalition of scientists, business people, activists, and academics who all together are investigating, measuring, modeling and mapping out the collective solutions to Global Warming with the idea to reach a considerable reduction.
The hope was born that implementing all these solutions together, year after year a reduction of gasses could be reached and over a period of 30 years, the positive effects be noticed. Solutions to reduce the carbon footprint from the atmosphere.
Some unusual solutions
After years of investigation, some surprising solutions saw the light. 8o Solutions to lower Global Warming were found which fell into the strict criteria applied.
I will list the top 10 and with some, one is in for a surprise.
2..Coastal Wind Turbines.
3..Food waste reduction.
4..A Vegetable-rich diet.
6..The education of Girls.
10 Solar Roofs.
The explanation of each of these solutions included the mass of gasses that are reduced or even eliminated over a period of 30 years, from 2020 to 2050. It also lists the costs but in most of the cases, the savings one could have, implementing these measures.
Mr. Hawken points out that in our world a third of the food does not reach our tables from farm or factory where they are produced. To then realize that more than 800.000.000 people go hungry every day it is time to rethink the total distribution as there actually is enough for everybody
The total amount of food which is being lost represents 4.4 gigatons of carbon dioxide which go up into the atmosphere each year and represents 8% of the total gases produced worldwide.
To produce this wasted food a lot of resources are needed like seeds, energy, water, earth, fertilizers, manpower, and financial capital. At all the different stages gases are produced, including the methanol which the organic matter produces when being disposed of.
Fewer people if educating all girls
The education of girls seems to have a spectacular influence on Global Warming. At first one might find this surprising but Mr. Hawken explains why there are a direct cause and effect. Women with more years of education normally have fewer children, they are healthier and actively participate in family planning.
If all girls were to be educated by the year 2050 there would be 850.000.000 people less on our planet. It seems that this is one of the most powerful tools to break the intergenerational poverty cycle and like that reduce the emissions as the world population instead of growing reduces.
I hope that this movement will grow over the years and the solutions mentioned in this book will take root. More people should join this movement which for the first time comes with makeable changes so our world can have a future again for us, our children and the following generations.
For more information visit this website: www.drawdown.org
Source: Share International
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Perhaps you would like to read my post on a different solution for our planet.