8 minute Space Flight ≥ World Population’s Carbon Emissions in a Lifetime  |  Let your Conscience Decide  |  What Can You Imagine?

Let your conscience decide. But before you can make a decision, you need to be informed. After all, this affects you. While we’re busy progressing through (or digressing from) our life’s daily activities and responsibilities, there’s a truth blazing right in front of our eyes. Hint: It’s not a comet

Leonardo DiCaprio Explains Don’t Look Up | Netflix

That’s right, An 8 minute space flight is equivalent to 1 Million people’s carbon emissions in a lifetime.

I participated in a 2 hour informational meeting organized through members of the Boston XR chapter 1/11/22. The Extinction Rebellion talk was about taking hold of your democratic right to have your voice heard. The topic of the meeting, non-violent direct action; pressing the political body and the media to tell the truth to the public. Non-violent direct action has been around for a long time; such as what Mahatma Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau and Rosa Parks did. They too, did not feel that the powers that be, were listening. 

Given that neither US political party nor the corporate media give much attention or time to honest communication about Ecological Breakdown and the Climate Crisis. 

While we’re busy, enmeshed in our own worlds, a lot of information of critical importance that affects all of us, is sort of, glazed over. Several years ago when I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I hitched up to the ski basin and a former climate scientist who worked for the California government gave me a lift. He mentioned that in 1991, he was instructed NOT to release his findings in a report, that incriminated the oil industry clearly as being culpable for our heating planet. I was shocked. This wasn’t something to blame on our then current buffoon in the White House. Instead, it reveals a systemic and systematic non disclosure of information; the government and institutions bowing to the industries that feed them with green, and I’m not talking about marijuana. Oh yeah, even the former Speaker of the House during the Obama administration, the guy with the long unsmiling face, John Boehner, who continually voted against legalizing marijuana, now has invested $$$$ in the industry; which is being groomed into a large-scale corporate controlled industry with strict licensing – cutting out the small growers. Boehner has his talons in this one. “John Boehner Was Once ‘Unalterably Opposed’ To Marijuana. He Now Wants It To Be Legal”

In the meantime, the pharmaceutical industry billionaires, along with the tech ones, have also been willingly not disclosing information, as they looked at their sky rocketing accounting books as a burgeoning mass opioid epidemic was happening. They kept quiet, because they were seeing massive profits. 

This systematic cover-up and looking the other way while one’s bank account fattens, has already been in place.

Noam Chomsky talks of this in his interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now regarding the current Anti-Science evangelical movement and Neo-Liberalism in the United States of Amnesia.

I had to look up ‘the scopes trial’. to see what he was referencing. In 1925 in Tennessee, a teacher was tried for having the audacity to teach evolution theory.

He talks of the evangelical, anti-science minions of Trump today who are misguided through a strong media. Chomsky says 

“It is our responsibility to turn the country to sanity.” 

He talks about the trend of Neo Liberalism in the last 40 years and its transfer of wealth from the working and middle class (90%) to the very rich. The religious right is healthy and strong. 

And with his quote in mind, that’s why we can all rebel against extinction, and decide to actually work and act and play together. And say, I wanna hear more? 

What is it that is blazing before our eyes? Well, it was well-covered by the network television stations. I heard the statistic from one of the people in the zoom meeting.

“Jeff Bezos Got as Much Morning Show Coverage in a Day as Climate Change Got All Last Year”

While governments and industries and corporate stories are about pride, conquering, staking one’s territory and profiting from one’s investments.

Our stories are more about surviving, and surfing the net. We might have similar ambitions nestled in quiet achievements and joys about conquering our own fears and losing bad habits. In the meantime, we need to guard from being Zucked by our boy billionaire, who wants to conquer our inner space. Mark would like (with our purchase of his software and hardware) for everyone, to ‘switch’ from life, to a fantasy. From being sensorily in touch with our own bodies, the turning of the planet, the changes of seasons and some semblance of connection to the living systems of our earth and to each other face to face. To instead, buy into Meta. Rather than walking and driving while staring down at our phones, that’s old school. We can instead meet (anyone) and go (anywhere) in Meta, without even having to get dressed or brush our teeth. We can put on any mask or costume we like, to hide behind. A fantasy world that you, yes you, can create. You don’t have to bother to leave your house or couch. Now we’re talking zombi land, for real. We can all say ciao, see ya later, while merging into being mesmerized in our goggles, wired to a virtual universe. 

Why spend time being concerned about nature, if you can ‘be there’. If there are no tigers anymore, who cares? We can visit with them while sitting on the toilet with our googles on and bluetooth.

While the billionaires are shooting off rockets to conquer and profit from space flight – Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson – they are ignoring a glaring part of the equation. 

One 8 minute rocket launch is equivalent to 1 million peoples carbon output in a lifetime. 

“How the billionaire space race could be one giant leap for pollution” (not for mankind)

“One rocket launch produces up to 300 tons of carbon dioxide into the upper atmosphere where it can remain for years.”

These are educated intelligent guys, uh, chaotic weather systems from global warming? extinction? 

One Space Trip Emits a Lifetime’s Worth of Carbon Footprint ”That’s pretty messed up.”

This statistical analysis of carbon emissions relative to income and wealth levels globally, clearly indicates where accountability lies 2022 World Inequality Report 

“One space flight emits more carbon dioxide than most of the world’s population will create in their entire lifetime.”

Regarding Global Carbon Inequality

Per capita emissions across the world, 2019
Per capita emissions across the world, 2019
Per capita emissions across the world, 2019

I had to look what MENA stood for. Middle East/North African countries consisting of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

We are in the midst of an environmental extinction crisis and global heating climate catastrophe whose main driver is fossil fuels and industrialized well, ‘everything’.

Rather than the world’s wealthiest men orchestrating and paying for the seeds for a worldwide participatory tree planting movement, or putting money and incentivizing people to participate in realizing the recently deceased biologist EO Wilson’s Biodiversity foundation and his Half-Earth project, or mobilizing the world’s population to collect plastic and rubber tires and make renewable building materials from them. 

Instead, they perform a virtual drag race (eerily close in time to one another), launching their mechanical penises into the sky, in a salute to endless technical expansion; symbolizing their desire to financially occupy and profit from the skies. Before space junk comes crashing down from failed missions…

Corporate media gave more hours of coverage to the wealthiest men in the world, who rather than saving rainforests, or driving a collective planetary undertaking committed to not building walls and paving every piece of earth, but weaving together habitats and nurturing the earth’s systems: wetlands, forests, rain forests, oceans.

Philip McMaster Sustainaclaus | co-founder World Sustainability Coop

In light of the fact that business enterprises rule and money speaks, XR realize that the only way to pressure change organized from the top down, is to share information and messages to the public and media, to influence those who can coordinate and facilitate major action. 

I can imagine a really delightful more peaceful and beautiful environment, with people interacting and taking the time to build new paradigms in action and interaction, as we physically re-invent life that is not car-driven. I see public parks, gardens, car-free cities, and more care going into education and empowerment. Clean, efficient and pleasant train travel. Bicycle infrastructure everywhere.

What can you imagine?

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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.

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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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