From Climate Catastrophe to Climate Restoration: Our Only Hope Lies in Massive Action

Photo courtesy of Science Daily

In light of the recent announcement from the IPCC that we only have 12 years left to respond to the climate crisis, mainstream news sources have been saying that it may be too late to act to save humanity.

But we are here to tell you that it’s not too late. There is hope. There are teams of scientists, chemists and engineers who are working to save humanity. And we need your help to light the fire and spread the word. This message will take us out of apathy and despair and lead us toward a more compassionate, sustainable future for our fellow species, our children and our grandchildren for years to come.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a team of top scientists and climatologists assembled by the United Nations. For years, they have been gathering and assessing peer-reviewed scientific research on the constantly-changing conditions of our climate in relationship to the various activities of man and nature.

In previous years, their reports have been more conservative, displaying more optimistic scenarios alongside potentially more aggressive paths for increased global warming. The world’s response has been rather conservative as well, reflecting a reluctance to act. And now, we are seeing that the world is warming much faster than many previously believed it would.

No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, no one wants to be labeled an alarmist and no one really wants to believe that mankind could be personally responsible for the cataclysmic direction we are currently heading. However, it seems that many of us bought into a false hope that lulled us into inaction, even while the clock was ticking away much more quickly than we ever wanted to believe.

It’s time we look reality straight in the face. Doing so is the only way that we can construct a path forward based on realistic hope and realistic optimism. In this way, we can take charge of our own destiny, snatching it out of the disempowerment, despair and futility that has recently pervaded the public dialog.

How exactly can we do that? Well, for one thing we can look at the numbers. Currently, in order to restore the climate to its pre-industrial state, (when CO2 was under 300 parts per million) we need to take one trillion tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. And believe it or not, we do have the technology to do that.

But the truth is, that while this number may look simple, (though admittedly gargantuan) climate science is actually quite complicated. This has left it vulnerable to misrepresentation and rampant climate denialism fueled by those who have vested interests in the current carbon-based economy.

However, in my opinion, awareness is a critical precursor to action. After all, if the world does not know that excess carbon absorbed by our oceans is threatening to devastate the fish that we rely upon for food, why would they go out of their way to support the marine permaculture necessary to absorb that carbon, revitalize fisheries and diminish the rapid warming that is threatening life as we know it?

And if the world does not understand that the rapidly melting ice caps are threatening to drown coastlines and islands around the world, and that rebuilding them is our only hope to moderate rising temperatures, why would they support organizations such as Ice 911 that are working on Arctic restoration?

And if people are lulled into false hope that climate change won’t affect them, that it’s completely out of our hands to fix, then why would they support technology like Blue Planet’s that takes excess carbon out of the atmosphere and turns it into products like concrete, which is used for construction projects all around the world?

The Healthy Climate Alliance is working on all of these problems and collaborating with organizations that are developing solutions. With a deep understanding of the many complex aspects of climate science and the recent technological advancements in carbon sequestration and climate restoration, they focus on key solutions. These approaches will shift us away from the current conversation, which is focused on mitigation of the worst effects of climate change. For instance, the current 1.5 degree temperature rise being focused on by the Paris Treaty would still lead to massive global unrest, food shortages, climate refugees and mass species extinctions. Instead, our global focus will shift to a goal that can REALISTICALLY restore the climate to one that will be safe for our children and protect species around the globe. But we need support at the scale necessary to reach these targets.

Please join our movement by learning more, spreading the word and supporting our Projects For Good campaign. From Arctic restoration to carbon sequestration, we are digging into the complicated science and innovative technologies needed to save us all from climate catastrophe. So you don’t have to.

The time is now. Support our campaign. Because though it’s a bold target, we have the technology to remove a trillion tons of carbon from the atmosphere. But we can’t do it alone … and we need your help. So let’s all rise to the challenge together and get going!

Photo courtesy of Ililani Media

Aria McKenna is an actress and founder of The Global Cooling Project, an organization that uses media to help communicate the urgency of the climate crisis and the dangers of fossil fuels, while supporting direct solutions. Her dramatic, narrative series, REVOLUTION EARTH, (the story of a love triangle that reverses global warming) is currently in development and seeking investors with Golden Globe Award winner, Jeff Abugov of ‘Roseanne’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’. She has been a panelist at American Renewable Energy Day and a Keynote Speaker for the Cooperative Impact Conference in Princeton, NJ and for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. She has also lobbied in and outside of DC for climate action with Citizens Climate Lobby and the American Sustainable Business Council.

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