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  • Why We Must Replace the term “Global Warming” with “Climate Destabilization” in Climate Debates and the Media

    Farmers in Africa’s Sahel region have planted trees on 5 million hectares of degraded land, since 1975

    "How we frame the climate conversation matters --- it matters a lot."    Andrew Guzman on NPR Radio

    More non-profit environmental groups, responsible media, NGOs, enlightened corporations and governments are beginning to abandon the terms climate change and global warming for the new terms or phrases "global warming and its consequent climate destabilization," climate destabilization, catastrophic climate destabilization, irreversible climate destabilization and extinction level climate destabilization. (If you have not yet read the full and concise definition of what climate destabilization is, click here.)

    If we are ever going to create the necessary awareness within the public to lessen and slowdown global warming and hope to eventually ever resolve it, it is imperative that we stop using the term global warming by itself and we stop using the term climate change. The terms global warming by itself and climate change are often confusing to the general public.  They are also simply not accurate enough in describing the real climate emergency that humanity now faces. 

    The term global warming used by itself is problematic for several reasons. First of all, it leads people to believe that the whole world will be getting warmer. Yet as the average temperature of the planet increases, certain places will actually become colder. 

    With global warming we'll also be dealing with more frequent and more severe storms, which will take new pathways never seen before. Flooding will increase in certain places while desertification will be the issue in others.

    Global warming used alone hides the truth that the end result of global warming is global climate destabilization and this climate destabilization then creates a whole chain off much worse global and national consequences than just “it's getting a little warmer and I will have to use my air-conditioner more.”

    Climate change as it term is so vague it is all but useless to reflect what's really going on. It also should not be used in part, because we live our lives with ever changing weather. Changing weather is so normal we give it little attention or concern unless we are warned it's going to be severe and it will affect our specific plans.

    Climate change is also a term used most often by fossil fuel industry paid lobbyists, think tanks and media to control the climate discussion’s framing and confuse us about what is really happening to our global climate. The global climate isn't just changing--it is destabilizing and its searching for a new equilibrium level that will most likely be very unfriendly to our well-being.  Because of the before mentioned, climate change should never be used by informed individuals who understand the climate destabilization issues.

    Thus the phrases, “global warming and its consequent climate destabilization” or “climate destabilization” by itself are the first terms to use. We also suggest you use the terms catastrophic climate destabilization, irreversible climate destabilization and extinction-level climate destabilization as the conversation gets going! All of the preceding terms more accurately reflect what is already happening with our current climate and it is what will continue to happen in the near future with increasing severity, scale, and frequency.

    Please use the above new climate terms in every climate conversation you have and watch how the conversation evolves to a richer, more informative, and transformative process when you do. Keep in mind that accurate climate destabilization fear is not a bad thing. It is an critical evolutionary mechanism used to mobilize the resources of the body and mind to better resolve a real threat relating to accurate fears.

    Additionally and worth repeating:

    1.) It has now become public knowledge that lobbyists, think tanks and PR firms on the payroll of the fossil fuel industry have been working behind the scenes to very intentionally, and with great concerted effort, use their power to replace the term global warming with the far more nebulous, benign and confusing term climate change. They are doing this at every level in the local, regional, national and even international discussions of the climate crisis; you will find both the media and government using climate change where they used to use global warming. Even large environmental organizations have unconsciously been duped by the clever fossil fuel PR firms and lobbyists and have started using the confusing and crisis-diminishing language embodied in the term climate change.

    2.) The clever fossil fuel PR firms knew that redefining global warming into climate change was brilliant. It completely reframed the way you  interpret what you are hearing. Again, ecause the climate is always changing in our daily experience of our weather, there is no big deal or implied importance within such an innocent term as climate change! This makes the climate change term meaninglessly and benign, and it certainly would not alarm anyone or call him or her to action, even when action and alarm is appropriate.

    The Terms Global Warming and Climate Change Does Not Reflect the Seriousness of the Challenge We Face in Our Future:

    The terms global warming and climate change has been confusing to the general public's personal experience of the ever-changing global weather. Global warming or climate change is also not accurate enough to describe the current climate conditions that humanity now faces since the idea of global warming was first introduced to the public in the 1970's.

    We will soon be dealing with rising sea levels (possibly up to 2 to as many as 8 meters before the end of the century), causing storm surges like the planet has not seen in tens of thousands of years.

    Global warming and its consequent climate destabilization, climate destabilization, catastrophic climate destabilization, irreversible and extinction level climate destabilization are also the new terms of art, because they are far more accurate and useful in reflecting what is already happening or what will continue to happen with increasing severity, scale and frequency --- unless we take effective planet-wide action immediately! (Extinction level here is defined as the projected potential extinction of approximately half or more of the species on earth and most (60-90% if not all, of humanity. Irreversible, whenever used, is defined as severe climate destabilization consequences that could take hundreds or even thousands of years to correct or rebalance or may never be corrected or rebalanced.)

    Destabilization is a more accurate term, because the global climate is being destabilized from a relatively stable post ice age state toward a much hotter state resembling an  earlier time in the planet's fiery evolution. Destabilization reflects what will happen to our economic, political and social systems as increasing human-caused carbon pollution accelerates climate destabilization.

    If we do not take action and solve this challenge, catastrophic, irreversible and extinction level climate destabilization is the perfect way to describe what will probably lead to the eventual catastrophic reduction or extinction of the human population from almost 8 billion to several hundred million people forced to live near the poles.

    Using the terms global warming with its consequent climate destabilization, climate destabilization, or catastrophic, irreversible and extinction level climate destabilization conveys the true urgency of the situation. They reframe and redefine the climate discussion toward the real problems and rapidly escalating catastrophic consequences of the issue rather than toward vague or misleading descriptions that promote ambiguity..

    If you’re a farmer, and you lose your annual crop to a climate destabilization-caused drought, that's a catastrophe with urgency! If you’re a home owner, and you lose your home to climate destabilization-caused floods or wildfires, that's a catastrophe with real urgency! If you’re a consumer, and your food prices keep going up because of climate destabilization-caused droughts and shortages, and you cannot afford enough food to eat, that's an urgent, serious potential extinction problem and, at the least, a catastrophe in the making for billions of people -- just like you and me.

    If climate destabilization goes out of control to its potential projected maximums and 7.8 billion people die, that is the ultimate catastrophe. It will be the extinction or near extinction of the human species, and many other species will go with us. This growing loss of species is already being called the sixth great mass extinction event.

    Bringing up the subject of the climate cliff and catastrophic or irreversible climate destabilization with others also engenders a whole new level of reaction and engagement. It sounds bad -- is bad -- and can convincingly be argued that it is the most important single issue related to our species' survival and our descending environmental quality of life in the 21st century.

    Simply put, resolving the climate cliff and climate destabilization has become the single most important task in all of human history. Continuing to use older, confusing and vague terms such as global warming and climate change hides the real consequences and the criticalness of the problem to all of humanity.

    "The greatest fear for the future of humanity is the still unknown critical tipping points involved in today's accelerating catastrophic climate destabilization. Without discovering these quickly, we could find ourselves facing complete extinction as a species without even knowing that we had passed the climate tipping points of no return (or reasonable recovery,) until it was too late to do anything about it. No other fear or human problem today matches the destructive scope, probability and immediacy of this climate destabilization challenge.

    Catastrophic, Irreversible and Extinction Level Climate Destabilization should be thought of in the same scope of potential global destructiveness as a massive asteroid on a direct, certain and imminent collision course with earth. You certainly would not sit idle in that situation without demanding more and better information from your leaders on arrival dates, consequences and necessary preparations. Why aren't we collectively doing this now for catastrophic climate destabilization?"    Lawrence Wollersheim

    Please stop using the confusing, misleading and non-specific terms global warming and climate change, and start using global warming with its consequent climate destabilization, climate destabilization or catastrophic, irreversible and extinction level climate destabilization, and watch what happens. From an evolutionary perspective, we have not evolved to adapt effectively to non-specific and vague threats to our survival. We need to communicate a real and specific danger to mobilize our common adaptation abilities and resolve the climate cliff and climate destabilization challenges.

    The older non-specific, confusing and misleading global warming and climate change conversation has been going on for over 30 years with little success. Please encourage individuals and organizations to help change the climate conversation by using more specific, accurate and useful terms climate cliff, climate destabilization, catastrophic climate destabilization, and irreversible and extinction level climate destabilization.

    This is something simple and easy that everyone of us can do. This long overdue, appropriate and more accurate re-framing of this issue alone will do a tremendous amount to move us closer to its resolution. Or as the Buddhists might say "right speech (words,) leads to right action."

    If you know of any environmental organizations, media or government branches still using the fossil fuel industry’s misleading and misdirecting term climate change, please forward this information to them as soon as possible. Please ask them to stop using climate change and start using climate destabilization, and keep asking them until they do. Let's get the attention of the Public Will focused on a real, serious and now unfolding challenge to our global, national, regional and local well-being.

    To learn what global warming-caused climate destabilization is, click here.

    To learn what you can do to reverse global warming and climate destabilization, click here.

    Please note, the term climate destabilization appears to have been first used by Greg Craven in his book, What's the Worst that Could Happen? A rational response to the climate change debate.

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  • Effective Steps to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Destabilization

    The following is a prioritized list of the key things that can be done by anyone who understands that we cannot delay action on this issue any longer. The first two items on this list are ranked in order of highest priority, effectiveness and need.

    It is urgent that we act now. Averting the looming global climate catastrophe will take the most massive and immediate human effort ever coordinated in human history. For all of the effective actions you can do to prevent irreversible catastrophic climate destabilization, click here.

     

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  • Crowdsourcing's Greatest Challenge: Finding the Unknown Tipping Points of Irreversible or Catastrophic Climate Destabilization before Humanity's End

    There is a gargantuan body of scientific evidence telling us that cataclysmic climate destabilization (commonly known as global warming or climate change) is a real, human-caused problem that is getting worse and could end human civilization and humanity as we know it, but shockingly --- is not being adequately addressed by our governments. But none of these things is the greatest of our current problems. No, the biggest current problem with cataclysmic climate destabilization (CCD) is that there are still far too many unknown tipping points that aren’t known or included in the current supercomputer climate models which, if discovered, could prove all recent timeline and severity predictions for catastrophic climate destabilization to be grossly incorrect.

    Because these CCD tipping points are still unknown, humanity may continue failing to take action in properly addressing the issue. We may then pass these tipping points unwittingly, moving beyond the scenario in which a manageable, expedient and realistic remedy to CCD exists. Specifically, this could mean that a predicted total global warming of 2 to 4° Celsius  in 100 years could turn out to be 4 to 7° in 30-50 years or less. It could also mean that ocean temperatures would continue rising for centuries and that the Arctic ice could melt quickly and also be gone for centuries.

    If you don’t know much about the catastrophic climate destabilization issue, this talk of tipping points might not mean much to you. If this is the case, I strongly recommend that you quickly read Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, by Mark Lynas and Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, by James Hansen. These two books will help you prepare your family, your community and your country for what is coming—quite possibly much sooner than any of us have previously imagined.

    Not only is there widespread denial about current climate science, but there is a good deal of uncertainty about tipping points within the climate science and climate model literature. Thus, intelligence agencies and international corporations are still not certain about how to adjust their long-term strategies to address the increasingly catastrophic destabilization of the climate. And this leads to the subject of this posting. There is no crowdsourcing task that is more important than the discovery of the now-unknown tipping points that would push cataclysmic climate destabilization beyond the point of no return. As a first step, the nations and big corporations of the world have to direct a far larger portion of their resources to researching more accurate measurements of all of the factors that are either mitigating or increasing catastrophic climate destabilization. More comprehensive and regular measurements will create better models, which can then be used to gauge these tipping points with greater accuracy.

    The great reward for those individuals who are able to discover the key to climate change tipping points is survival for themselves and future generations, as well as the avoidance of global economic, political and social destabilization. Once we’ve successfully resolved the issue of tipping points through crowdsourcing, we can move on to finding ways to effectively reduce human-caused climate destabilization. This is necessary because existing solutions to CCD, such as eliminating coal-burning emissions by 2020 and the seldom-discussed idea to institute a carbon fee and public dividend, are currently locked in a national paralysis of opposing interests.

    If crowdsourcing does not solve the problems that governments, corporations and intelligence agencies have not been able to solve thus far, then perhaps it will be useful in determining how best to prepare for and adapt to the increasingly destructive effects of catastrophic climate destabilization that will be threatening humanity over the next 5 to 100 years; perhaps crowdsourcing will be what enables us, our children and grandchildren to survive with the minimal amount of loss, suffering and death.

    For a complete discussion and list of what most of these major unknown climate tipping are, click here.

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  • Will the "Intelligent Elite" act in time to Resole Climate destabilization and Catastrophic Climate Destabilization

    But let us return to James Lovelock for a moment; early on in The Vanishing Face of Gaia he does recognize his pessimism and the fact that the the grim message in his last book, The Revenge of Gaia, gave us nothing to hope for. “But,” he writes in The Vanishing Face of Gaia, “Pessimism is justified by the difference between the forecasts of the IPCC and what observers find in the real world of September 2008.” (pp 6-7) And now it’s 2012 and there’s still cause for pessimism, especially after the UN Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa in 2011, which 350.org called “a cowardly, unacceptable delay on global climate action -- and a recipe for climate disasters.”

    But here’s a reason for hope, which Lovelock offers up on page 28: “We are the intelligent elite among animal life on earth...it has taken Gaia 3.5 billion years to evolve an animal that can think and communicate its thoughts.” Gaia is Lovelock’s idea that “the Earth’s biosphere behaves as though it were a single organism.” (p. XIII)

    Earth image and star field background

    Whether or not this is true, the idea that we are the intelligent elite is extremely important. And this is where the necessity for Universe Citizens comes in. As we recognize that we are the product of 13.7 billion years of evolutionary testing, that we are the universe become conscious of itself and that every human on this planet shares that distinction, we may be able to overcome our differences, disputes and previous mistakes and commit instead to partnering with the universe in consciously evolving a world that is more equitable and sustainably prosperous for everyone. Perhaps the climate destabilization issue is just the wake up call we need in order to come together in this way, deepen our awareness and live up to the title of “the intelligent elite.”   

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    ***Photo by: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

     

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  • To Hope or Not to Hope: How Fearful Should We Be of Climate Destabilization and Catastrophic Climate Destabilization?

    Catastrophic climate destabilization. Sounds scary, right? Well, quite frankly, most of the projected impacts of our changing climate are, in fact, very scary. But is fear useful to us in this situation? To be honest, when Lovelock says in The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning that “it is too late for us to try to save our familiar world,” the effect for me is that hope and optimism quickly dissipate. It’s hard to act when failure is guaranteed.

    In Ondi Timoner’s documentary Cool It (based on his book by the same name) Bjorn Lomborg addresses the fear issue when he says that “the scare tactics used to motivate people have gone too far. The hysteria blocks clear thinking, diverts money to the wrong solutions.” This video takes a good look at the argument put forth by Lomborg, author of Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. Lomborg fits Craven's definition of a skeptic because he doesn’t support the idea of making drastic, urgent carbon cuts. But he does believe that “global warming’s real, it’s man-made, and it’s an important problem,” and that we ought to invest in solutions that are both environmentally and economically viable. His message is even somewhat uplifting: the world is actually the best it’s ever been; we’ve never before had things so good. Plus there is a bevy of possible solutions, from water splitting to wave power, and if we would fund research, we might be able to actually enact change on the climate destabilization issue. The overall effect of this particular video was that I felt much more hopeful about our ability to address the climate change issue and to solve many of the world’s other problems in the meantime.

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    (harnessing the power of waves could help our climate, according to Lomborg.)

    After all, that’s what we’re really hoping for here at Universe Spirit. We feel we must first address the catastrophic destabilization of the climate so that humanity can continue--but in a new direction, with sustainable prosperity for all. This would mean that all humans have the same basic level of access to food, shelter and health care, for example. And and it appears that these are some of the issues that Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus Center are also trying to address.  

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  • Warnings of Catastrophe: Consequences of Climate Destabilization

    So, on the advice of Greg Craven, we ask the question: what’s the worst that could happen? Looking to sources we believe are highly credible, we find James Lovelock, fellow of the Royal Society, former NASA consultant and author of The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning, who tells us that “we do have to take seriously the possibility that global heating may all but eliminate people from the Earth.” A solemn response to our question.

     

    In addition, and for the more imminent future, he suggests that “the droughts of summer will intensify. In the United States, memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl will be revived. Australia has already suffered eleven years of continuous drought; Europeans will recall the awful summer of 2003; and in China, Africa and Southern Asia, famine is a familiar enemy. Like the foot of an elephant on an anthill, global heating will crush life from the continental plains.”

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    (Dust Bowl, circa 1930s. By U.S. Department of Agriculture (NRCSDC01008) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

     

    James Hansen, the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies who is also well known for his 1988 testimony to the United States Senate committee and subsequent years of activism around mitigating the effects of climate change, is, in our mind, another very reliable source of climate information. His new book, Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, was written despite the fact that he would really prefer to “to just do science.” In the preface of his book he writes that “If it hadn’t been for my grandchildren and my knowledge of what they would face, I would have stayed focused on the pure science, and not persisted in pointing out its relevance to policy.” But because he does understand the issue and feels compelled to share that information for the good of future generations, he continues to propose that action be taken.

     

    Quite early in this book Hansen provides one possible answer to our question of what’s the worst that could happen. “The startling conclusion,” he writes, “is that continued exploitation of all fossil fuels on Earth threatens not only the other millions of species on the planet but also the survival of humanity itself--and the timetable is shorter than we thought.”

     

    Such admonitions are part of the reason why we will henceforth refer to the issue commonly known as global warming--or climate change--as catastrophic climate destabilization, a term used by Craven in his book, What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate. The other labels just don’t seem to adequately describe what we are actually facing here. The term “global warming” is potentially confusing to people, since, as the average global temperature increases, some places on Earth could actually become much colder. And predictions for six degrees of overall warming include the possibility of “devastating massive extinction” and the breakdown of traditional social systems. So we think that with such catastrophic potentialities, “climate change” doesn’t quite cut it either. Of course, you’ll see all of these phrases used in this blog as various sources use different terms. But given the concern of such prominent scientists, we do feel that catastrophic climate destabilization is the most apt way of phrasing it.

     

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  • What's the Worst That Could Happen As the Climate Destabilizes?

     

    Greg Craven, the high school science teacher who created The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See 2, also wrote a book called What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate. A quick, easy, and fun read, this little book explains the platforms of the "warmers" and the "skeptics," or those who support the idea that we should take significant action to cut carbon emissions and those who oppose this idea, respectively.

     

    Electricity power plant, Kozani, Greece

    In this book, Craven doesn't attempt to decide who's right, but seeks instead to equip everyone with thinking tools that are actually helpful in deciding upon a course of action. In his view, it's all about "changing the question from, Is it true? to, What's the worst that could happen?" So he introduces  the decision grid and the credibility spectrum, two concepts that get us thinking for ourselves about the evidence that we do have, who's providing this evidence, and how to make a decision with it. As he points out, "part of the strength of the credibility spectrum and the decision grid is that they don't require perfection. You do what you can with the time you've got, make a provisional decision, and then remain open to new information."

     

    This is important, since scientists are telling us that we haven't actually got much time left in which to take decisive action before feedback loops kick in and we reach a tipping point in our climate system. Such a tipping point would mean irreversible changes, potentially catastrophic. In fact, although he uses "global warming" throughout his book to refer to the climate change issue, Craven frequently mentions "the risk we run of triggering abrupt and catastrophic climate destabilization." His advice for immediate action: get the word out. This blog is our attempt to do just that: to circulate the facts that we have, to facilitate discussion and to motivate policymakers to action.

     

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    ***Photo by Lisa Murray: Electricity Power Plant, Kozani, Greece

     

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  • Join Job One for Humanity: Resolving Climate Destabilization and Catastrophic Climate Destabilization

     

    As is evident from our previous call to action, Universe Spirit believes that Job One for Humanity is to reduce the impact of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate destabilization--a real threat to humanity with potentially catastrophic consequences--and that we must act quickly in order to mitigate and adapt to these consequences.

     

    But despite our certainty that action of some kind is required, we recognize that the climate destabilization issue includes a good deal of uncertainty--and some controversy. We plan to look at both sides of the debate as we search for a fuller understanding of the issue, for as John Stuart Mill points out in his classic essay On Liberty, “since the general or prevailing opinion on any subject is rarely or never the whole truth, it is only by the collision of adverse opinions that the remainder of the truth has any chance of being supplied.” That is why we’ll be researching--and inviting input from--the climate “skeptics” on our site. Even though we’ve already come to certain conclusions, we are aware that life in this universe is a constant learning process, and we welcome every point of view that may add to our search for solutions.

     

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    As we continue to learn about this issue (and share that learning with you through this blog) we will approach the problem from a multidisciplinary, universe-scaled evolutionary systems perspective, applying our knowledge of the Universe Evolutionary Principles and the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview at points along the way. We invite comments from anyone whose approach or opinion is based on a sincere desire to contribute to our mission with their particular version of the truth. We’re looking forward to making this site a forum for collaborative learning. We’d love for you to join us on this journey! 

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    *** Thank you to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, whose flickr photostream provided the above image. It beautifully illustrates how much we have learned about the universe in which we live. This is a composite image of a coronal mass ejection on the sun and the aurora it produces on earth--seen from space and from the earth itself.

     

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  • A Climate Deastabilization Call to Action: Job One for Humanity

    Our world is at a turning point; revolutions are happening everywhere, and the push for change is in the air. Yes, change is literally in the air. Human activity is causing carbon in the atmosphere to increase about 2 ppm per year. As of this writing, we are at 393 ppm, so if we continue with business as usual, it won’t be too long until we’ve reached 450 ppm. According to Jeremy Rifkin (referencing James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), 450 ppm would correspond to a temperature increase of six degrees Celsius in this century, and “the end of human civilization as we’ve come to know it.” So now’s the time to harness the revolutionary energy that is sweeping the world in order to save this planet and all of its beauty, to save all the glory of humanity’s existence.

    If we do not curb our greenhouse gas emissions in a timely manner, we will be dealing with dire consequences that will affect us all. In fact, we are dealing with consequences already; tropical storms are taking paths never seen before, causing surprising flash floods in the southern Phillippines. And according to Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, if global temperatures continue to increase—even just two degrees Celsius—it would mean that “Miami would disappear entirely, as would most of Manhattan. Central London would be flooded. Bangkok, Bombay, and Shanghai would also lose most of their area. In all, half of humanity would have to move to higher ground.”

    Recognizing the scope of the potential calamity, the Maldives has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2020. As President Nasheed said at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in 2009, “If things go business as usual, we will not live, we will die. Our country will not exist.” Tuvalu also will cease to exist, should we be unable to curb the emissions that are causing temperatures and sea levels to rise so dramatically. How unlucky the citizens of those island nations would be if their homes just vanished completely. But truly, if these parts of our world disappear, it will be the loss of every inhabitant of Earth. Are we going to sit idly by and watch Earth’s various beauties sink and melt away in coming decades?

    Tuvalu - Funafuti - Beach #4

    The effects of climate change are perhaps not so visible to all of us at the moment, but if we give it enough time, they will be. If the Greenland ice sheet melts completely, we all lose something. This planet is full of so many treasures, treasures that we may not get back after they’re gone. So it is time for us to come together as global citizens in order to solve the problems associated with severe climate change, ahead of time, before it’s too late. If we bring our energy, attention and intelligence to finding the best solutions to this complicated issue, we could potentially solve many of the other problems humanity faces in the process. But if we fail to deal with the increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, we won’t be doing much of anything at all. For, according to Mark Lynas, if we let our planet’s temperature increase by as much as six degrees Celsius, “it would cause a mass extinction of almost all life and probably reduce humanity to a few struggling groups of embattled survivors clinging to life near the poles." Thus, it’s time to make things better—not just to prevent the worst, but to really make everything better—for everyone on this planet.

    For more information on what you can do to resolve climate destabilization and be a part of the Job One for Humanity team, click here.

    *** thank you to Stefan Lins, from whose flickr photostream we got the beautiful photo (above) of Tuvalu!

     

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  • Welcome to the Universe Spirit Blog

    Welcome to the Universe Spirit blog!

    We've recently been working hard on redoing the Universe Spirit website so that it's lovelier to look at and easier to navigate. We hope you enjoy the new design--and we'd most definitely love to hear your feedback!

    We've also been refining our mission as of late, and are excited to report that Universe Spirit has a new focus. Alongside open-source personal spirituality and the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview, we're here to promote Job One for Humanity. We believe, of course, that a universe-informed type of spirituality will make the world better, but unless we act quickly to reverse the damage we've done to our planet--the damage that is now wreaking the worldwide havoc that we call catastrophic climate destabilization--there may be nary an environment left in which to practice and pursue spiritual aims.

    Human being and World...

     

    That's why we're putting "first things first" and asking that everyone in our spiritual community get on board with Job One for Humanity. The time has come for us all to do everything that we can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dramatic increase in our earth's average temperature. The experts agree that there's not much time left before positive feedback loops begin to kick in and we're left with a straight-up climate catastrophe.

    In this blog we'll be exploring the issues and potential solutions to the climate situation, as well as the ways in which a universe-based spirituality can help to inform our understandings and our actions in the Job One for Humanity endeavor.

    We look forward to sharing with and hearing from you more soon!!

     

    ***photo by CLUC on flickr (this person has no affiliation with our organization, but we thank them for the artwork, which we feel illustrates a bit of the essence of Job One for Humanity).

     

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