Dead Line – Monbiot | Scientist Rebellion – Join us in Civil Disobedience to Demand emergency Decarbonisation and Degrowth, facilitated by Wealth Redistribution | COP26 Glasgow – Nov ‘21

In 1970, the Canadian singer Joni Mitchell wrote and performed Big Yellow Taxi.

She had that creative insight 51 years ago. “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise, put up a parking lot.”

The first United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP1) took place in Berlin, Germany in 1995. That’s 26 years ago.

Certainly in response to the August 8th, 2021 leak of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC’s most recent report.

George Monbiot published Dead Line, August 19th, 2021 in the Guardian. 

“So, as our house burns, the government sends in the tanker trucks to spray petrol on the flames. Doubtless unswayed by the donations the Conservative party has received from oil and gas companies. …The same goes for almost every government. As soon as Joe Biden’s green promises collided with business as usual, they collapsed in a crumpled heap. Since he pledged to ban new drilling and fracking on federal lands, his administration has granted 2000 new permits. His national security adviser has demanded that OPEC+, the oil cartel, increase production, to reduce the cost of driving the monstrous cars that many Americans still buy.”

In the meantime, A group of concerned scientists from countries throughout the world – only a few of which are colleges in the USA – have established themselves as the scientists rebellion feel a moral and ethical responsibility to do this.

Here are the same sentences above, typed:

Some meaningful sentences from the report…

“Mitigation and development goals cannot be met through incremental change”

“Transition pathways entail distributional consequences such as changes in employment and economic structure”

“Equity and justice are important enabling conditions for effective climate mitigation. Institutions and governance that address equity and supporting narratives that promote just transitions can build broader support for climate policymaking”

“Individuals can contribute to overcoming barriers and enable climate change mitigation. Individual behavioural change in isolation cannot reduce GHG emissions significantly”

“If 10-30% of the population were to demonstrate commitment to low-carbon technologies, behaviours and lifestyles, new social norms would be established”

“Collective action through formal social movements and informal lifestyle movements expands the potential for climate policy and supports system change”

“Estimates of committed CO2 emissions from current fossil energy infrastructure are 658 GtCO2 […] nearly double the remaining carbon budget”

“Delayed action increases challenges to both economic and societal feasibility after 2030”

Here are some of the demands of the scientist rebelling against misinformation and obstruction of transparency.

The scientist rebellion demand letter states that

“the rate of environmental destruction closely tracks economic growth. As the status quo is maintained for corporations to value growth and profit over anything else, is accelerating the destruction of life on earth.”

Among their goals: 

  • To achieve decarbonisation on the required scale demands economic degrowth, at 

least  in  the  short  term.  This  does  not  necessarily  require  a  reduction  in  living 

standards.

• For  a  just  transition,  the  cost  of  degrowth  must  be  paid  for  by  the  wealthiest,  who 

have  benefited  enormously  from  the  current  destructive  world  order,  while  others 

have faced the consequences.

• A just transition to a sustainable system requires the wealth from the 1% to be used 

for the common benefit

“The most effective means of achieving systemic change in modern history is through non-violent  civil  resistance.  We  call  on  academics,  scientists  and  the  public  to  join  us  in  civil disobedience  to  demand  emergency  decarbonisation  and  degrowth,  facilitated  by  wealth redistribution.”

What we can do to mold our homes, neighborhoods, communities and activities towards sustainability.

What and How to Recycle, demonstrated through the sustainability link of Georgia Southern University. 

• Community meetings and practices; educating the public about ecological loss and global warming and what actions they can take to assuage the loss.

  • Creating communal gardens in each neighborhood as a community activity
  • Growing fruit and nut trees everywhere (appropriate to growable regions)
  • Involving students in gardens and DIY sustainability projects for credits
  • Competitions for windmill and solar and other energy capturing devices such as Flower Wind Turbines. The Dutch have embraced Tulip shaped Wind Turbines
https://voltafuturepositive.com/2021/05/31/dutch-embrace-new-tulip-shaped-wind-turbine-design/
  • Community and student tree planting along streets and public spaces

• Shifting from Cement to Pavements and Paths of Recycling Rubber

• Creating bicycle infrastructure and park spaces connecting communities with pavements that breath and are resilient to growing tree roots with recycled rubber.

“Rubberway® rubber trails and paths are resilient, non-slip, and easy on the joints yet firm enough to be suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, skateboards, bicycles, and roller-blades. Rubberway’s rubber trails have been installed across the U.S. as walking and jogging paths in parks, as community trails, and as training tracks for schools and federal facilities.”

Recycled Rubber Paves the Way to the Future in Troup County, Georgia

“The project used over 32,000 pounds of recycled tire rubber (RTR) in the top layer or “wearing course” of the road, which represents the rubber taken from over 2,500 end of life passenger tires. The productive and profitable reuse of scrap tires into resilient, crack-resistant asphalt pavements .”

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  • Reformulating lawn mowers into other functional structures and art for common spaces: competitions for best design ideas
  • Instead of lawns requiring gas fueled lawn mowers, plant steppables and walkables – individual and community involved projects.

“Plants you can walk on are attractive additions to pathways. These low-lying perennials can withstand heavy foot traffic, release pleasant odors when crushed, smother weeds, and cushion your step in the narrow spaces between bricks or flagstones.”

“Walkables generally are defined as creeping plants that don’t exceed 12 inches in height, said John Schroeder, president of Valleybrook International Ventures Inc., a family-owned horticultural operation in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The company’s line of “Jeepers Creepers” includes around 100 varieties of low-to-the-ground herbs, mints, evergreens, ivy, moss and more.”

We can start at home and in our communities, getting out of our cars.

Our priority is not economic growth, our obligation is to act together, immediately, with the priority in jobs that will tackle the issue, at its source.

Weaning ourselves from our dependence on the combustible engine is a start. 

> Creating a Bike infrastructure that invites bicycle riding and enhances being outdoors.

> Establishing Community Gardens, planting Fruit and Nut trees in abundance

> Relying less on loud and cumbersome air conditioning units and wasting heat, by better Insulating homes.

> Replacing lawns and gas fueled lawn mowers with a plethora of beautiful ground cover ‘steppbles’ and ‘walkables’ that are grow close to the ground and don’t require mowing at all.

> Formulating an interdisciplinary team to focus on educating the public and creating actions and activities towards DIY projects and proactive health, diet and exercise to help to reduce the dramatic obesity of the population.

> Establish tree and pollinator planting neighborhood gatherings that invite all to become involved; this can be coordinated with local schools to share with adults. 

WHY? Because Climate Change Has No Borders

Pilgrimage- trek to the Climate Change Conference (COP26) arriving in Glasgow, Scotland in November.

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About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

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