Net-Zero by 2040 is Common Sense

Global heating is happening faster and with deeper compounding impacts than we had expected. Sir David King, former chief science advisor for the government of the United Kingdom, is calling for an upgraded long-term goal of net-zero by 2040. Simple arithmetic shows there is not enough money in circulation to cover the extreme costs of carbon fuel subsidies and the extreme and rising costs of … Continue reading Net-Zero by 2040 is Common Sense

Exploitation is Not Enterprise

Our study of the natural world is providing ever more detailed data about human impact on natural systems and the effect of these impacts on human health and wellbeing and the stability of institutions. Without major improvements across a broad spectrum of sustainability metrics, we will face serious degradation of both ecosystems and human security by 2050. Industries accustomed to reducing their own capital costs … Continue reading Exploitation is Not Enterprise

WEAVE GKG: Visualizing Earth-Systems Value

When we scan the solar system for signs of life, we look for water. Earth life requires water. The whereabouts and availability of water on Earth are determined by geology, life, and activity in the climate system, which is made up of thermal energy flows moving between the atmosphere and the ocean. Biodiversity is driven by the presence of water and life, under stable climate … Continue reading WEAVE GKG: Visualizing Earth-Systems Value

Science is Not Negotiable

If global heating exceeds an average of 1.5ºC across the world, we will collectively face so much risk and damage, the costs will spill over into every area of human experience. The climate system does not respect political borders or bank account balances. An Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund once framed the crisis in these simple, haunting terms: When a small island nation … Continue reading Science is Not Negotiable

UN Climate Talks are Shortcut to Security & Prosperity

There is no such thing as a free lunch. That is important to remember in politics at all levels. Smart politicians know they cannot afford to be on the wrong side of major forces that will affect their constituents, so it is always astonishing to see climate policy treated as “highly partisan” or “divisive”. The simplest story about climate science and climate solutions is this: … Continue reading UN Climate Talks are Shortcut to Security & Prosperity

CCL2019: International Coordinators Empower Each Other

In January 2014, Citizens’ Climate Lobby was comprised of numerous groups in the US and Canada and one each in Sweden and Bangladesh. Germany and Australia started up next, and expanded rapidly. Just 5 years later, the CCL family includes 125,000 citizen volunteers in 52 countries. At the 10th CCL Annual Conference, on Sunday, June 9, 2019, volunteer leaders and coordinators from across that global … Continue reading CCL2019: International Coordinators Empower Each Other

How SB50 Can Help Achieve the Climate-Smart Future

System-scale innovation does not have to be all-consuming revolution or a shock to the system. The most effective system-scale innovations start from small but significant improvements in policy, technology or practice, then cascade through practical connections to lived experience and everyday decision-making. These cascade effects gain traction by making critical improvements possible at every stage. Going into the SB50 mid-year UN Climate Change negotiations, there … Continue reading How SB50 Can Help Achieve the Climate-Smart Future