Unlimited Upside of a Decision-making Process for Reversing Global Warming
Optionality is the property of asymmetric upside (preferably unlimited) with correspondingly limited downside (preferably tiny).
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The preceding article in this series — What Swiftly Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Might Look Like — showed that a breakthrough decision-making process for exponentially adopting carbon-reducing energy options, swiftly achieving a “moon-shot” goal of 100% renewable energy and reversing global warming might look like this:
Right now, decision-makers using present-day decision-making processes might be said to be stuck on a “detriment curve” — and unlimited downside — of:
· exponentially growing & unlimited greenhouse gas emissions,
· exponentially growing & potentially unlimited global warming, and
· exponentially growing & unlimited economic costs of adapting to global warming,
as shown in Figure 2:
Without a decision-making process for exponentially adopting carbon-reducing energy options, swiftly achieving 100% renewable energy and reversing global warming — humanity and the rest of the planet are literally toast.
Decision-makers might be said to be stuck on the “unlimited downside” shown in Figure 2 because they are not yet aware that they have an option of creating a decision-making process — like the one shown in Figure 1 — for exponentially adopting carbon-reducing energy options, swiftly achieving 100% renewable energy and reversing global warming.
When decision-makers invest in such a decision-making process, they shift themselves (and all the rest of us) to a “benefit curve” — and an unlimited upside — of:
- exponentially growing & unlimited economic wealth (economic cost savings)
- exponentially growing & unlimited environmental preservation benefits (avoided and/or sequestered greenhouse gas emissions) and
- arresting & reversing global warming,
as shown in Figure 3:
Figure 3 shows the unlimited upside when decision-makers invest in such decision-making processes because such investments have a tiny downside (the time and economic costs needed to create and implement such processes) and an unlimited upside (exponentially growing & unlimited economic wealth and environmental preservation benefits, including arresting & reversing global warming).
In Drawdown, the Project Drawdown team demonstrated that the green “upside” area shown in Figure 3 has a value of more than 1000 gigatons of reduced greenhouse gas emissions and more than $74 trillion of economic wealth if the atmospheric-carbon-reducing options studied in Drawdown are adopted on a global scale over the next 30 years.
This is what Buckminster Fuller was talking about when he said:
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Figure 2 shows the existing reality of present-day decision-making processes: decision-makers and the rest of us stuck on an unlimited downside because decision-makers are not yet aware that they have an option of building new decision-making models for exponentially adopting carbon-reducing energy options, swiftly achieving 100% renewable energy and reversing global warming.
Figure 3 shows the changed reality when decision-makers build new decision-making models for exponentially adopting carbon-reducing energy options and reversing global warming.
The new decision-making models change the existing reality — and make the existing decision-making models obsolete — by shifting decision-makers from the unlimited downside shown in Figure 2 to the unlimited upside shown in Figure 3.
Which decision-making models do you want? Do you want the present-day decision-making models that deliver the unlimited downside shown in Figure 2? Or do you want the decision-making models — for exponentially adopting carbon-reducing energy options — that deliver the unlimited upside shown in Figure 3? It’s your decision.
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In the next article in this Reversing Global Warming series, I’ll show how you can reverse global warming, and do so with maximum effectiveness.
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