Ok, I admit it: I’m not really a climate change group thinker or believer anymore , BUT neither am I a skeptic or climate denier – perhaps I am a lukewarmer, What the heck is that, you ask???
When it comes to climate change – aka global weirding – I am classifying myself now as a lukewarmer.
I’m a bit tired of the pop media and group think around climate change – it’s a bit too much – it’s like the environmentalism of the 80’s & 90’s: let’s do less bad… and if you are not with us you’re against us. We’re about to battle this in Congress when climate science gets in front of Trump’s climate deniers. Oh such entertainment!
Climate change pundits and most scientists focus 100% on emissions. This is wrong. Climate change is redundant – it always changes. And yes, humans are a major contributor – but I sure wish people would stop making us feel guilty about it. Instead of doing less bad things, how about we start doing some GOOD things: like putting biochar back into the soil. All climate changers keep doing is pounding us with having less CO2 emissions, having a smaller carbon footprint: stop buying this, start eating that.
Like Dr. Braungart once told me: if zero emissions are our goal, we should all be DOA (dead). Humans are part of nature – we’re organic aren’t we? So it’s quite natural for us to have ’emissions’. His co-author in ‘Cradle to Cradle’ and partner Bill McDonough just published a paper on a new language for carbon — if we can change our carbon language to do more good, rather than less bad – perhaps we can design a world that will reduce carbon emissions as a by-product rather than declaring a WAR again…
Bill talks about living, durable and future carbon, rather than zero emission. Here’s a synopsis: “The world’s current carbon strategy aims to promote a goal of zero. Predominant language currently includes words such as “low carbon,” “zero carbon,” “negative carbon,” and even a “war on carbon.” To show progress, according to McDonough, the design world needs values-based language that reflects a safe, healthy and just world. In this new paradigm, by building urban food systems and cultivating closed-loop flows of carbon nutrients, carbon can be recognized as an asset rather than a toxin, and the life-giving carbon cycle can become a model for human designs.” http://finance.yahoo.com/news/william-mcdonough-offers-language-carbon-160000133.html Continue reading Lukewarming