Solutions are available.Together we can do it!
Solutions are available.Together we can do it!
This page is dedicated to solutions to the climate challenges. Three parts:1. “Plan B” focusing on the totality of interrelated problems. 2. “Plan B Criticism” targeting the limitations of sustainable energy. 3. The Transition Part is focussing on ongoing efforts to take the first steps toward a fossil-free society.
Plan B. A holistic plan:
“Plan B” is a coherent plan to solve all the interrelated problems related to global warming. Also, it contains a realistic calculation of the costs to implement it. This seems to be the only science based plan with these qualities.
Plan B: Criticism:
In spite of all the good qualities of Lester R Brown´s “Plan B”, the energy part has been criticized for overestimating the extend to which renewables can replace fossil fuels. We´ll take a closer look at that and what can be done about it. David MacKay will take us through the learning process.
Transition in all areas:
All over the planet states, companies and organizations are making progress developing technologies and energy supply systems to help us get out of fossil fuel dependance. And global movements working for transition to a low consumption society based on a different kind of economy and values, are growing in impact.
After Paris December 2015: COP21 results and dilemmas:George Monbiot in The Guardian: "By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster."
Lester R. Brown. 'World on the edge' and 'Plan B'.
This movie is 80 minutes long but worth watching every minute.
Lester Brown´s lecture describes a coherent plant to solve the climate crisis and all related problems. After the movie, take a look at his slideshow here. In the slideshow you even find his calculations of the costs of this solution. Only 12 % of the annual defense budget! So don´t say it can´t be done. – it´s the new security budget.
Lester Brown is a leading researcher and a globally recognized expert on many environmental issues, especially energy. This presentation captures the essence of his arguments about changing human behvavior on several fronts, including energy use, food production, and distribution. By watching this you can learn essential information on these subjects.
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World on The Edge: Complete slideshow including Plan B.
Plan B: Lester R. Brown and Earth Policy institute:
Even if Earth Policy Institute has been closed, the website still exists, and you can read, download and share all of the rich material from the site.
Books – free download:
His most important books can be downloaded for free from the website, and you can also find links to translations to several languages Clicking here gives you “World on The Edge” in PDF format.
Lester R. brown has also published a series of slideshows, which in reality form a fast and comprehensive way to access the main points of his “Plan B” – Here, you get it directly from Savingourplanet.net.
Biography of Lester Brown. Part 1.
The Washington Post calls Lester Brown “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” The Telegraph of Calcutta refers to him as “the guru of the environmental movement.” In 1986, the Library of Congress requested his personal papers noting that his writings “have already strongly affected thinking about problems of world population and resources.”
Brown started his career as a farmer, growing tomatoes in southern New Jersey with his younger brother during high school and college. Shortly after earning a degree in agricultural science from Rutgers University in 1955, he spent six months living in rural India where he became intimately familiar with the food/population issue. In 1959 Brown joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service as an international analyst.
Brown earned masters degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland and in public administration from Harvard University. In 1964, he became an adviser to Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman on foreign agricultural policy. In 1966, the Secretary appointed him Administrator of the department’s International Agricultural Development Service. In early 1969, he left government to help establish the Overseas Development Council.
In 1974, with support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Lester Brown founded the Worldwatch Institute, the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues. While there he launched the Worldwatch Papers, the annual State of the World reports, World Watch magazine, a second annual entitled Vital Signs: The Trends That are Shaping Our Future, and the Environmental Alert book series.
Saving Civilization is not a Spectator Sport.Lester R. Brown
Biography of Lester Brown. Part 2.
Brown has authored or coauthored 54 books. One of the world’s most widely published authors, his books have appeared in some 40 languages. Among his earlier books are Man, Land and Food, World Without Borders, and Building a Sustainable Society. His 1995 book Who Will Feed China? challenged the official view of China’s food prospect, spawning hundreds of conferences and seminars.
In May 2001, he founded the Earth Policy Institute to provide a vision and a road map for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. In November 2001, he published Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth, which was hailed by E.O. Wilson as “an instant classic.” His most recent book is The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy. In 2013, he released his autobiography, Breaking New Ground: A Personal History.
He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including 25 honorary degrees, a MacArthur Fellowship, the 1987 United Nations’ Environment Prize, the 1989 World Wide Fund for Nature Gold Medal, and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his “exceptional contributions to solving global environmental problems.” In 2012, he was inducted into the Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto.
On June 30, 2015, at the age of 81, he stepped down from the Earth Policy Institute and closed the Institute.
Criticism to “PLan B”: David MacKay on Renewables.
David Mackay – Biography:
Sir David John Cameron MacKay (22.nd of April 1967 – 14.th of April 2016), was the Regius Professor of Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and from 2009 to 2014 was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The Chief Scientific Advisor’s role is to ensure that the Department’s policies and operations, and its contributions to wider Government issues, are underpinned by the best science and engineering advice available.
Before being appointed to the DECC, MacKay was most well known as author of the book “Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air”.
It was sad to hear that he passed away 14. th of April 2016.
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Conclusion: It seems we need to go for a Modified Plan B.This Leaves us with two options: