“This global crisis demands nothing less than swift and meaningful action by every world leader to ensure a safe and healthy future for all.”
—Michael Brune, Sierra Club
The statement is fine, except I’m looking diligently for the “swift”, the “meaningful” and the “action” parts.
The Arctic is melting down. Maybe 100 million years of hydrocarbons have been deposited in the permafrost and in the methane clathrates along the Arctic Ocean’s continental shelf. The action of this stuff getting loose shall eventually drive our greenhouse gases to about 1000 ppm, which is catastrophic.
I want environmental organizations to care about this likely disaster. See no evil speak no evil is wrong, so don’t clam up so much.
If your neighborhood is downwind from a brush fire on a windy day, you call the public fire department. In practice you’ll never say, “but fire is a natural ecological thing.” Instead you’ll want to save your house. Using the same logic, the Arctic meltdown demands that we form a public Arctic meltdown department and inhibit the catastrophe well before it happens, not suddenly call a world emergency at the last minute.
If humanity wants to stop and possibly reverse the big meltdown, then humanity will look for ecologically rather benign ways of doing the job. I recommend two devices:
Floating wind-powered salt water pumps running when the temperature is 40 below zero will locally create more ice. Building a lot of them will do half the job.
Wind-powered snowmaking machines will coat small pieces of tundra with snow in late spring and in early fall. That will do the other half of the job.
As for destroying the fossil fuel industry, the big three targets are self-heating houses, nighttime electricity generation and transit.
I’m hoping to have a ‘sunrise’ ceremony for my off-grid zero fuel self-heating 12 month warm weather crop greenhouse next Wednesday! I have my own personal standards for “swift and meaningful action.” Oh, and my wrist hurts a bit tonight. Too much pouring concrete posts, and I’m too old for this work. How about you? Want to change the world?
Nighttime electricity will be cheap and easy when solar power towers become twice as cheap and when they have zero bird kill issues. Well, I’m an inventor with ideas. We simply need to reflect ten suns or less at one time into the heat retention area, and the bird kill problems are gone and that’s the end of the other half of the natural gas industry.
Transit is harder but only because it costs more money, not because we can’t get lifetime 90% less energy use per passenger mile (yes, including the freeway construction energy costs!) and get almost all of that energy from renewable electricity.
There’s a reason why we are going to have a world that chroncally won’t grow much food anymore, and that reason is because the climate change lobbying groups never, ever want to fight for R&D in the above named fields. The Koch brothers will always fight against any R&D that destroys their industry and bankrupts them. Your environmental organizations may have to pry the critical patents and critical R&D from their cold, dead hands, and given where climate change is going, that might just be the way things turn out for them. So, kick your org into gear early, please.
If you work at a university, shove and protest your college into doing the work that may well save your own great grandchildren from a slow, terrible chronic starvation. For starters, try to build small prototypes of those two Arctic machines described above. What have you got to lose? Your job?
So, if university test-graders (sometimes called “professors”) are all too cowardly to do the R&D, we then need a committee of honestly brave fundraisers to build a climate R&D funding organization. If we can have giant cancer-causing companies funding cancer research, why not inhibit and then stop the great Arctic meltdown?
Folks, why, if we don’t have time, do we have so much time to waste?