Tim Jackson: Prosperity without Growth
London School of Economics
New Economic Foundation's Great Transition Model (Large)
Design philosophy: Profound integration with natural capital where human capital is the most important component.
Big Story: Gathering Storms https://plus.google.com/+newyorker/posts/jNnEquGKsEt
Concept: NYC moves at wartime speed accelerating efforts to stop climate change
Create solutions rapidly advancing society’s ability to stabilize earth’s climate
Goal: Create critical paths toward stopping the climate crisis
Create an advanced community focused on social, civic, and technological innovation centered on the crisis
New Yorker Dec. 16, 2013
Something is not impossible if it already exists.
Do a Poor People First campaign eradicating local poverty accelerating growth of human capital of this city's greatest stakeholders:
. . . expanded and repaired safety net; direct job creation through publicly funded infrastructure projects; and new programs designed to provide an adequate guaranteed income for every American.
Safe environmental & personal transportation must prevail on all public space
Do a risk-benefit analysis detailing the risks of not stopping the accelerating crisis and the local and global benefits as New York society advances to meet the challenge.
Consider establishment a new labor union called something like The International Alliance of Net Zero Workers (IANZW) trained to rapidly deploy methods, means, apparatus, etc. and the social change necessary to accelerate emissions and environmental devastation reductions. As high achievers, they get full benefits ensuring high-quality lives.
(see: RT @UT_BuiltEnv: TRILLION $ Growth Trends http://t.co/j5fiIqrU )
Consider rapid business model generation framework for front-end financing
Consider competition for New York City'sFirst Net-Zero Neighborhood
Consider X-Prize competitions developing net-zero mobility, building and retrofits, etc.
Frontload the initiative with low-cost social and civic change evaluations, plans, research, design and development skunk works
Initiate ongoing open source feasibility studies toward the goals of Net-Zero PlaNYC2020
Consider crowd source data mining for continuous improvement of quality-of-life while minimizing the cost-of-living, emissions, and material throughputs, captured with timely metrics
Consider a Center forSocio-Civic Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Consider a Center for International Climate Finance
Consider a Climate Change Media Center daily chronicling unfolding climate events and urgent efforts to stop complete devastation of the natural world that supports civilization.
Consider a cutting-edge Center for Educational Geophysical Imperatives: open source solution-generating and educational collaboratives including MIT's OpenCourseware, the public school system, CUNY, Cooper Union, Columbia, NYU, national and international institutions.
Consider a Department of Energy Net-Zero Command Center on Governors Island (or the Brooklyn Navy Yard) for Energy Secretary Steven Chu coordinating major climate crisis initiatives.
Do a Poor People First campaign eradicating local poverty accelerating growth of human capital
Discover the critical paths for positively disruptive achievement
1. Within one year, intensely engage 75% of New Yorkers to stop the climate change crisis
2. Rapid and intense engagement of New York City business and industry including finance, media, think tanks, academies, governmental and non-governmental organizations
3. Fundamental net-zero services
· Space Heating and Cooling
· Food Supply
· Waste Management
· Rapid Environmental Regeneration
Paradigm: The residents of Eden had a very low cost-of-living with a very high quality-of-life.
The New York Metropolitan Region incorporates 20 million people and is central to one of the world’s largest economies.
We make our future.
Carbon bubble financial crash crisis
Climate Change and the Peak Oil Flip-Flop
Pushing the Envelope: A much higher standard than Energy Star is proposed
Moving forward on serious climate change initiatives commissioning a special class of new technology could be required to include net zero commissioning to zero out buildout and ongoing emissions on a periodic basis to keep cradle-to-cradle emissions and even environmental impacts zero or better.
Devices that closely achieve this will have near zero emissions and footprints but may be even start reducing existing green house gases and restoring the environment; optimally have the potential of partaking in the beneficial synergies that living things have with their environments.
Why is America afraid to act on Climate Change?
“But it takes more than the public endorsement of a private falsehood to set off madness of crowds. Pluralistic ignorance is a house of cards. As the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes make clear, all it takes is one little boy to break the spiral of silence, and a false consensus will implode. Once the Emperor’s nakedness became common knowledge, pluralistic ignorance was no longer possible. The sociologist Michael May suggests that for pluralistic ignorance to be robust against little boys and other truth-tellers, it needs an additional ingredient: enforcement. People not only avow a preposterous belief that they think everyone else avows, but they punish those who fail to avow it, largely out the belief – also false – that everyone else wants it enforced. Macy and his colleagues speculate that false conformity and false enforcement reinforce each other, creating a vicious circle that can entrap a population into an ideology that few of them accept individually.”
Steven Pinker, “The Better Angels of Our Nature”, Chapter: Inner Demons, page 562
Another might be from the New Economics Foundation
The Great Transition
A tale of how it turned out right
Good to have a sense of history . . .
Did Climate Change Shape Human Evolution? - Day 2 - Session 1 April 20th
From fossil teeth to carbon traces of plants in the soil, scientists are studying how changes in climate may have influenced early human evolution in Africa. Researchers from around the world gathered for a symposium held recently at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The workshop was organized by Professor Peter deMenocal, a paleoclimatologist at Lamont-Doherty and vice chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia.
Devil’s excrement is draining the life from our civilization.
Death tolls larger than 9/11 are repeated on this world’s roads every single day.
And the climate carnage will be many times larger if it is not stopped.
The nightmare reality way beyond the four trillion dollar cost of the Iraq war is the cost in lives.
Shaping the Future of Urban Transportation, with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim – Live Webcast Jan 18, 2013
@EMBARQNetwork #ttdc question from @gecko39 - Why doesn't NYC build the 1st carbon zero transit system? @MikeBloomberg@wbsustaindev
PlaNYC 2011 should probably be made required reading for all New York City government employees and contractors, public school and CUNY students and the city should rapidly get government agencies up to speed on climate change to develop mitigating initiatives perhaps similar to President Obama's executive order for the federal government.
Detailing the good, complex, and shortcomings of the current PlaNYC will encourage engagement and innovation.
Poor People First: The Climate Paradox
Greenhouse gases, climate change and the transition from coal to low-carbon electricity
Draft NEPA Guidance on Consideration of The Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
CERES Roadmap for Sustainability
New York City Wetlands Strategy, May 2012
Urban-scale whole systems adaptation and mitigation of climate change while restoring the natural services of wetlands.
10. Monitor tidal wetlands and analyze the
potential impacts of sea level rise
To maintain healthy urban wetlands in the face of
sea level rise, the City will evaluate which wetlands
are vulnerable and how to improve the resilience of
these areas through restoration or protection efforts.
The City will install additional Surface Elevation Tables
(SETs) to measure and monitor wetlands changes.
The City will identify opportunities for the inland
migration of wetlands as sea level rises and determine
data needs and seek funding to conduct horizontal
marsh migration analyses.
Yes, as the magic of intelligence continues at profoundest levels and loftiest heights let’s hope the latest crop of designer sorcerers not take distraction on dead-end vapid trends, ‘internet bubbles,’ ‘financial windfalls;’ but focus laser sharp saving civilization and the precious natural systems that support it.
Amory Lovins Rocky Mountain Institute
Did Climate Change Shape Human Evolution?
April 19, 2012
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Energy upgrades that pay for themselves. You can save up to $700 a year!*
The Ocean Brick System is a revolutionary system which changes the entire conception of marine construction.
sunshotNYC http://bit.ly/rvaWXX Wow! (also www.netzeroNYC.net/sunshotNYC )
zHome http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/03/berkshire-school-solar-project_n_1126363.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 via HuffingtonPost
Argument for an extreme sense of urgency from Lester Brown
"Things can begin to unravel at any time."
"No civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural support systems," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"Things can begin to unravel at anytime," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"We are on a decline & collapse path," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"Tax labor less & carbon more," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"We need to redefine security," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"Largest single concentration of industrial capacity was in the automobile industry," Lester Brown (on World War II) http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"Saving civilization is not a spectator sport," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"We have to move quickly now, time is not on our side," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"We should be talking about saving civilization," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
"Once a system breaks down it's not declining, it's collapsing," Lester Brown http://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy, @earthinstitute
Accelerating climate tsunamis demand agililty, zero carbon & restoration at wartime speedhttp://bit.ly/oYaoTy @earthpolicy
ISDRC17: Keynote Address by Lester Brown http://vimeo.com/24630396 @earthinstitute @earthpolicy
Climate Trapit http://trap.it/#!traps/id/d09ebeb4-5a98-45a2-8b23-59dfce4e01c7/jump/62yKMZ8Zi002q6IUb6wA
Landscape of Climate Finance, 27 October 2011
Facing the Elements
Transportation System Resilience in an Era of Extreme Weather and Climate Change
Adam Freed (PlaNYC)http://www.nyas.org/MediaPlayer.aspx?mid=622ed0e2-0f25-4874-9d35-0c27f2ed9094
PlaNYC April 21, 2011
Download the PlaNYC full report (in PDF; 42 MB)
". . . we could upgrade the entire 2,250 mile East Coast Greenway, a network of bike routes stretching all the way from Key West to Maine, for only one-fifth the cost of a single recent I-95 bridge over the Potomac."
Secretary, US Department of Transportation
“Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution,”
By Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins
Tremendously elegant practical theory for the future of human design, development and a ground-breaking blueprint for a new economy. Wow!
Rocky Mountain Institute
“Product Design and Development, 4th Edition” Karl T. Ulrich, Steven D. Eppinger
“Business Model Generation,” Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur
Carbon Zero: A Short Tour of Your City's Future, by Alex Steffen
Clip: ‘The 29th Day’ with Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute
Can we capture all of the world's carbon emissions? By Ramez Naam, Scientific American, 3/31/2011
"Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret."
-- Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%, By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Vanity Fair, May 2011
The Last Great Global Warming, Lee R. Kump, Scientific American, July 2011