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  • Are humans a virus on planet Earth?

    Even without global warming, we are already in terrible trouble as a planet and global society.

     

    With global warming, our current situation is absolutely desperate!

     

    Watch the following professional and easy to understand video done by Professor Hugh Montgomery. This video not only talks about the most critical challenges facing our future as a planet and a society, but it also goes into the role that escalating global warming is playing in accelerating and multiplying these other worst global problems. 

    You may need to be sitting down with a strong drink when you watch this new video.

    Hugh Montgomery is a respected physician and scientist who discovered the first gene related to fitness. The first 40 minutes are the best. 

    Click here to watch this professional and easy to understand video with lots of illustrations.

  • This holiday season don't forget to support our global warming educational mission

    We do amazing work to tell the truth about the global warming emergency, and we need your support!

    This holiday season any donation that you make to our mission to help us educate about how to adapt to the escalating global warming emergency and eventually resolve it, will have a profound effect. To make this powerful tax-deductible donation, click here!

    Also, please share this holiday donation blog post with your friends! 

    Thank you for your kind and generous support this holiday giving season.

    The Universe Spirit staff and volunteers

  • Gov. Jerry Brown tells California fire victims global warming is going to keep getting worse. Should fire victims rebuild or relocate?

    Gov. Jerry Brown also says California's increasing wildfires are the new abnormal! What should fire victims do next?

    The fire victims of the recent California Camp and Woolsey fires deserve our deepest sympathies and they fully deserve getting all of the Federal and state emergency assistance they need.

    In addition to emergency post-fire assistance from the government, they also need honest facts and advice from the government about if they should rebuild in high-risk fire zones or should they relocate to safer areas that will not be as adversely affected by global warming? 

    The good news here is California's Gov. Jerry Brown is finally starting to speak the deeper more disturbing truths about the global warming emergency. It appears he's not only willing to say that global warming will continue to worsen, he is also willing to say that global warming is a major cause behind California's drought causing less snowmelt and runoff and that increasing global temperatures will increase wind speeds which, unfortunately, will also make California wildfires worse in the future.  

    In making these bold statements he is also telling the fire victims to think very carefully about rebuilding or relocating without directly telling them what to do with such an important life decision.

    Some attribute governor Brown's new courage in publicly saying that global warming is just going to get worse to the fact that he is going to be retiring from politics shortly. No matter what the reason, it is extremely important that governor Brown has brought to the forefront of public discussion the "rebuild or relocate" issue for all the victims of global warming disasters, whether they be victims of the current California wildfires or victims of sea level rise, hurricanes, rain bombs droughts or the many other 20 worse consequences of global warming, which are continuously increasing in frequency, scale, and severity.

    The California wildfire victims now have a very difficult personal decision to make. Should they rebuild in the same area once again and expect or hope for a different result or, should they relocate to a new safer location?

    To help them make that decision we have provided the following information:

    1.) Will global warming continue to get worse as governor Jerry Brown says? Click here for information and science to help you decide for yourself.

    2.) Should you reinvest in real estate in a high-risk global warming area? Click here for information and science to help you decide for yourself.

    We honor the retiring governor Jerry Brown's courage for openly discussing the deeper truths about global warming and starting the global warming victim rebuild or relocate conversation in California. To encourage both governor Brown and his staff to do more of the same, we are providing a free copy of a new global warming e-book that speaks to the science behind the unbearable hardships in front of us like no other global warming book before it.

    For Jerry Brown and his staff to get their free copy of this e-book, all they need to do is email manage@joboneforhumanity.org and put Jerry Brown in the subject line. You will be emailed download instructions for your free e-book honoring your global warming educational work within one business day.

    IMHO,

    The research team at Job One for Humanity sister organization to Universe Spirit

     

  • Will Amazon regret it's 2 new headquarters locations because of accelerating global warming consequences that will soon destabilize its operations?

    Amazon's long-term planners who have read a new book on global warming may be already regretting the selection of the two new Amazon headquarters locations in New York and Virginia.

    Currently, there are only a few people in intelligence agencies around the world and at the highest levels of climate research who understand that global warming is accelerating at a dangerous, exponential level. Even less understand that we could have 10 feet of sea level rise as early as 2050. This does not even include an additional 3 feet of additional sea level rise that that would occur during king tides and storm surges. 

    Even fewer individuals understand that corporations and governments have only about 10 years left of relative climate, social, economic and particularly, real estate stability to mass-move and relocate people, critical business infrastructure, military bases and government at or above the 45th parallel north or at or below the 45th parallel south. 

    Yes, if Amazon was looking beyond the next 10 to 15 years of operating its businesses during the global warming emergency, instead of moving it's two headquarters inside the global warming unsafe zones of New York and Virginia, Amazon could have moved them to much safer cities like Minneapolis, Vancouver Canada, or other US cities near or above the 45th parallel.

    If you want to know more about the new global warming book that is being discretely read by intelligence agency staff, think tanks and the brightest long-term corporate and government planners, click here. In this book, you will learn that the long-range planners at Amazon still have a little bit of time left to push hard to get Jeff Bezos to reconsider the current 2 New York and Virginia headquarters relocations as well as the future locations of any and all new distribution centers. 

    One thing you can count on is that the brightest long-range planners, corporate officers, and stockholders of Amazon who have read this new book will do their required and full due diligence and do everything within their job descriptions or powers to make their boss Jeff Bezos understand that the known consequences of accelerating global warming have now become one of the most important factors in ALL major long-term business decisions.

    Those high-tech corporations like Amazon who take the accelerating global warming emergency seriously in their major business decisions will be rewarded handsomely! As you watch the 20 worst consequences of global warming unfolding in the short-term with greater frequency, severity, and scale, you will also inevitably see more of the smartest millennials and most qualified techies fighting for positions in and, eager to relocate themselves and their families with the wisest high-tech corporations who are or soon will be rapidly relocating their operations to the new global warming safe zones.

  • Conservatives deny global warming. But, progressives deny how bad it's really going to get and how fast it's coming!

    It's not just conservatives denying the facts about global warming. Almost ALL progressives either... 

    deny or are wildly ignorant of just how bad global warming will get and how soon that will happen.

    Most progressives are unaware that the very worst extinction-level consequences of global warming will come long before 2100. They also are generally unaware that long before 2050, we will be experiencing massive global warming-related collapses in our food growing systems as well as collapses within our global economic, ecological and political systems.

    This denial and/or ignorance among progressives concerning the actual coming global warming consequences and timetables is because:

    a. Progressives in general, hate really bad news and unfortunately, they have developed many wonderful distorting denial mechanisms like the one hundred monkey theory, the butterfly effect, the silver bullet, aliens will save us, new technology will save us and other near magical longshot solutions to maintain either a disproportionate or inappropriate optimism or, to believe everything is okay and will get better even, when it won't.

    b. Only a few courageous climate scientists and nonprofit organizations with very limited media access are bravely and loudly ringing the alarm bell about the real consequences and timetables.

    To discover what almost all progressives either deny or are ignorant about concerning the real consequences and timetables of the coming global warming catastrophes, go to this page. 

    This page explains what the real and near-term global warming future (5, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 50 years from now,) will be like for progressives and conservatives alike.

  • We’re Losing the Global Warming & Environmental Protection Races. “What Do We Do Now?”

    It is time to be honest with ourselves. We are facing a myriad of global warming and ecological crisis rapidly escalating beyond catastrophe levels toward extinction levels. The collapse of multiple climate, biological and human systems is inevitable. But what's next for you and I?

    In this Job One for Humanity monthly newsletter, you will find a reply to the philanthropist Jeremy Grantham’s brilliant new essay on the unfolding multifaceted environmental catastrophe rapidly approaching called The Race of Our Lives, Revisited. Jeremy Grantham is a co-founder and chief investment strategist of GMO, a Boston-based asset management firm having more than $118 billion in assets under management. Mr. Grantham is particularly noted for his prediction of various financial bubbles

    Even if you not have read his essay on how we are losing the global warming and environmental protection races, you will get enough of a summary of it from what is written below to understand it and its importance concerning what to do nextin the face of his honest but disheartening environmental news.

    This reply was also significantly co-written by a partner and global warming education team member, Michael Mielke...

    In The Race of Our Lives, Revisited, essay, an enlightened environmental philanthropist has finally and clearly explained that the interconnected crises of climate breakdown, ecological overshoot, and pervasive pollutions are not problems that can be solved or even difficulties that can be sufficiently addressed.  

    Instead, Jeremy Grantham details how taking, making and wasting– our relentless extraction, production, then pollution processes – now yield consequence predicaments we can only endure.  

    The difference between problems and predicaments is stark. Problems have solutions. Predicaments can only be managed and endured.

    The situation that remains once too many humans take too much from our Earth leaving too many poisons in our wake is a predicament, and Grantham’s Race of Our Lives Revisited describes with amazingly detailed and solid documentation the unavoidable predicaments and consequences. Most importantly it also describes the necessary responses for our collective survival:

    1. Destroy the Earth or rapidly and completely decarbonize economies. (Page 2).
    2. Gradual fossil fuel reductions mean coastal cities will be flooded and uninhabitable; ice caps will melt.  (Page 3).
    3. We are losing 1% of our global soil a year. There are 30 to 70 good harvest years remaining. (Page 3).
    4. We have created a toxic environment not conducive to life, and toxins saturate our daily life. (Page 3).
    5. There is simply no other way to manage these crises except for extensive and overarching governmental regulation and leadership in establishing restrictions and limiting poisons. (Page 4of his essay and in Part 3 of the Job one Plan for the last five years). 
    6. Even with the over-optimistic assumptions and accelerating green technologies, i.e., decarbonized energy, the projected use of fossil fuels will still be 50% of energy consumption in 2050, which is a near certain extinction level. (Summarized on page 13).

    It is easy to become overwhelmed by the intractable nature of the honestly illuminated crises of our present situation, particularly when almost all of these crises are getting inexorably and exponentially worse. On page 28, however, Grantham explodes the bombshell:

    “The greatest deficiency of capitalism is its complete inability to deal with any of these things.”  A few pages later he concludes, “God help us. For we appear incapable or at least unwilling, to help ourselves, and our great scientific skills increasingly appear insufficient.”

    Should we be Resigned to Comprehensive Catastrophic Collapse and Is that Our Only Option?

    At first glance, it does seem that Jeremy Grantham has argued that our modern wonder-world will end with “Hell and High Water,” while the water itself will be laced with toxic poison. He does not show any way out, nor does he provide a feel-good, unrealistic ending as do so many others.  In other words, he tells it honestly and like it is. Not like too many green groups and most large environmental organizations have been afraid to do.  

    In the case of most of the largest environmental groups, decades of advocacy have been defined by the rule of: “Don’t scare the public!”  They believe that if they do, then the public will freeze or give up.  They have certainly believed that explaining the full truth of the dire straits we are in would interfere with getting money, membership, and related support.

    For too long, the Reality of our existential situation attended by proliferating and interconnected crises has been covered with fig-leaves or denied outright. The Truth of the matter has been tailored to continuing the economic system, the social system, and bowing to what has been called “political realities.”  Yet, in order to deliver comprehensive catastrophe, all we have to do is to continue to act in ways that are “good, moral, and certainly acceptable.”  

    In this case, human self-immolation means simply continuing to turn the Earth into a waste stream behind our increasing and relentlessly increasing belief in unrestrained infinite growth and economic activity, while we eliminate the rest of Earth’s mammals, except we hope, ourselves and our domesticated food animals.

    It appears from our lack of progress in reversing or even slowing down the rate of carbon from fossil fuel use going into our atmosphere, we have no collective moral restraints that would stop complete self-destruction!

    Despite a laundry list of crises, all requiring management, and not finally fixable (or even solvable), Grantham plainly states that salvaging some parts of a fractured future will require collective action, extensive governmental regulation, and governmental leadership. 

    This also means that individual actions and exhortations toward more sustainable individual choices or individual behavioral changes will be futile! As they have been for the last few decades. (Yes, we agree completely with Jeremy on this and clearly tell you that in Part 1 and Part 2 of the Job One Plan, which deals with only how to prepare for and adapt to the horrible consequences that are coming, not how to reverse or slow them as is laid out in Part 3 and Part 4 of the Job One Plan.) 

    So, is there any good news?  Or, do we just party until the Titanic goes down?  

    To Be, or Not to Be or, To Do or Die

    Perhaps there is a plausible way out of the cul-de-sac that is presented by the crises, stated and otherwise. This crises argues for collective action, extensive government regulation and governing leadership. In the USA, the unstated belief is that there is no possible way for the government to do what is necessary. Nonetheless, the major philanthropies, like the Hewlett Foundation and the Packard Foundation have five-year plans that are working to build political leadership and elected officials that can begin someday to start to propose the suite of policies required to somehow salvage some part of our future and perhaps shards of civilization.  

    This is too little and too late. (For all the reasons why it is absolutely too little or too late read the 13 factors listed on this page.)

    It is widely known that one political party in the US is moving as fast as possible to drive us off the climate cliff of oblivion, and the other party is not proposing emergency brakes to stop forward momentum. Furthermore, the idea leading philanthropies suggest is to support “green” and responsible politicians. But, (almost) no Congressional candidates are proposing actions at an effective scale or, reflecting the urgency and the real breadth of the interconnected crises and, worse yet they are not looking to legitimately transform any of the true underline conditions exacerbating the crises, and so the prescription does not change.

    As things are progressing now there seems to be no escape from the comprehensive catastrophe that is fast approaching. Something drastically different is needed. Consider Backcasting. Backcasting is reverse-forecasting. So, can we start with a specific desirable future outcome and then work backward to the present conditions.  

    The desired future outcome here is the entire country working together cooperatively and with focused effort to eliminates fossil fuels use at a speed that will prevent humanity from suffering the worst possible consequences leading to extinction. The economy and productive capacity of our nation would be focused on eliminating fossil fuels to handle accelerating global warming, stopping toxic release while cleaning up pollution, slashing extraction and functioning within frameworks of fairness and social justice in order to involve everyone, like we have in our past, providing benefits and incentives for population reduction, and much more. 

    The recent analogy for something close to this comprehensive effort was World War 2. In the peak of that war, in 1943, the necessity of the emergency meant that military outlays were about half of the entire economic outputs for contending nations: the USA 42%; the UK 55%; Germany 70%; and Japan 43%. So, how could this level of concentrated and cooperative effort be catalyzed now? 

    To begin with, who could rouse, educate, alarm, warn, and advise the people of this nation and world?  

    Organizations like Job One for Humanity and the Association for the Tree of Life as well as the philanthropists, politicians, businesses, green groups, climate activists, and any others that these two groups have influenced are the first to come to mind. We are now left with those honestly educated leading players as the key current actors armed with a deeper truths about the real depth of our current crisis that could possibly have either the credibility or, who care deeply about impending human catastrophe or, who could muster the resources or, who could supply the advocacy that would galvanize enough people who could come to grips with this multifaceted ecological crises. 

    But what must we do next to truly save ourselves?

    To get to effective action requiring a cohesive and comprehensive political response, Americans (and people all over the world,) must give themselves over to the collective political system, similar to the ways many nations did in World War 2. In order to do that, we must first understand first that we have no choice because effective action at this late date can only be achieved by collective governmental action.  

    To get to a comprehensive and cooperative effort, nothing less will suffice. That effort must be catalyzed by us you and those listed previously, entities who care and who have the resources to make it happen. Those resources are at no one else’s disposal. 

    By this time you should be beginning to understand the scope, scale, and urgency of the interconnected crises that have beset all of us.  

    Unfortunately, Americans and most other people of the world do not grasp, much less recognize and accept that continuing as usual with our economic, political and social operating systems means comprehensive catastrophe. Similarly, most of the world is not conscious of how rapidly the transformations of our operating systems must take place if we are to create a viable future (since we do not have a viable future now). (See Part 3 of the Job one Plan to learn about how much has to change and how fast it has to happen.)

    Large-scale and urgent government action is critical, and it is necessary for Americans and all nations to have that explained, and have it explained as both unavoidable and immediately required. (Click here to see specifically what those government driven actions will look like for the escalating global warming emergency.) 

    The information, the news, the data related to the multifaceted threats to our survival are all more significant and widespread than at any time in our human history. Yet the people of every nation must “get the picture,” then “make sense of it.” We must communicate relentlessly the reality of what all of us face in ways that cannot be avoided and that motivate to act. If we rouse, alarm, warn, educate and advise the people of this nation and the world, the nation and world can be moved. 

    Looking back from a historical perspective, sometimes it seems that the future of a culture rests on the shoulders of a significant individual, or just a few. In America, we often believe that may have been true in the case of George Washington. Perhaps for Abraham Lincoln as well. But now, our future is in your hands and those who can see the crisis and respond to it.

    We can ask, and we can hope that you will help us and answer the call. We need your help to rouse, alarm, warn, educate, and advise the people of this nation and the world. (The effective action stepson our website including the 4 part Job One for Humanity Plan that will also help you rouse, warn and educate others about both the predicament we are in (with its chain of now on avoidable consequences as well as the honest and practical solutions that can still be executed.)

    Please volunteer, tell your friends and don't forget to donate! Yes, you too like Jeremy Grantham can call yourself a philanthropist because every leading-edge donor to this difficult and unpopular reality and cause is in truth, also a philanthropist. 

    Last month more of you responded to our newsletter with more donations than we have had for months. Thank you!

    This means we are now able to delay cutting thousands of our subscribers off our email lists to reduce our operating costs for at least another month.

    But, we do still urgently need your ongoing donations of any size. If you did not donate previously, please do so now. Your donations are easy to do online here and they are tax-deductible. 

    If you did donate last month, please donate again and be one of the key philanthropists that are helping keep our important message and mission moving through our global society. 

    Yours for humanity, our children, and the earth,

    Lawrence Wollersheim

    Lawrence Wollersheim
    Director
    Universe Spirit

    manage@universespirit.org

    www.UniverseSpirit.org 

    PS: please don't forget that all donors and volunteers and only donors and volunteers will receive special donors and volunteer briefings as we begin sending them out in the next several months.

    As such, because Job One for Humanity and the Association for the Tree of Life are leading this survival critical effort, they deserve your wholehearted support.

    Have you seen the new Global Warming Blog posts for the previous month?

     

    Click here and check out the new blog posts!

     

  • We’re Losing the Global Warming and Environmental Protection Races: “So, What Do We Do Now?”

    It is time to be honest with ourselves. We are facing a myriad of global warming and ecological crisis rapidly escalating toward extinction levels. The collapse of multiple climate, biological and human systems is inevitable. But what next?

    In this Universe Spirit monthly newsletter you will find a reply to the philanthropist Jeremy Grantham’s brilliant new essay on the unfolding multifaceted environmental catastrophe rapidly approaching called The Race of Our Lives, Revisited. Even if you not have read it, you will get enough of a summary from what is written below to understand it and its importance concerning what to do next in the face of honest environmental news. 

    This reply was also significantly co-written by a partner and global warming education team member, Michael Mielke...

    In The Race of Our Lives, Revisited, essay, an enlightened environmental philanthropist has finally and clearly explained that the interconnected crises of climate breakdown, ecological overshoot, and pervasive pollutions are not problems that can be solved or even difficulties that can be sufficiently addressed.  

    Instead, Jeremy Grantham details how taking, making and wasting– our relentless extraction, production, then pollution processes – now yield consequence predicaments we can only endure.  

    The difference between problems and predicaments is stark. Problems have solutions. Predicaments can only be managed and endured.

    The situation that remains once too many humans take too much from our Earth leaving too many poisons in our wake is a predicament, and Grantham’s Race of Our Lives Revisited describes with amazingly detailed and solid documentation the unavoidable predicaments and consequences. Most importantly it also describes the necessary responses for our collective survival:

    1. Destroy the Earth or rapidly and completely decarbonize economies. (Page 2).
    2. Gradual fossil fuel reductions mean coastal cities will be flooded and uninhabitable; ice caps will melt.  (Page 3).
    3. We are losing 1% of our global soil a year. There are 30 to 70 good harvest years remaining. (Page 3).
    4. We have created a toxic environment not conducive to life, and toxins saturate our daily life. (Page 3).
    5. There is simply no other way to manage these crises except for extensive and overarching governmental regulation and leadership in establishing restrictions and limiting poisons. (Page 4of his essay and in Part 3 of the Job one Plan for the last five years). 
    6. Even with the over-optimistic assumptions and accelerating green technologies, i.e., decarbonized energy, the projected use of fossil fuels will still be 50% of energy consumption in 2050, which is a near certain extinction level. (Summarized on page 13).

    It is easy to become overwhelmed by the intractable nature of the honestly illuminated crises of our present situation, particularly when almost all of these crises are getting inexorably and exponentially worse. On page 28, however, Grantham explodes the bombshell:

    “The greatest deficiency of capitalism is its complete inability to deal with any of these things.”  A few pages later he concludes, “God help us. For we appear incapable or at least unwilling, to help ourselves, and our great scientific skills increasingly appear insufficient.”

    Should we be Resigned to Comprehensive Catastrophic Collapse and Is that Our Only Option?

    At first glance, it does seem that Jeremy Grantham has argued that our modern wonder-world will end with “Hell and High Water,” while the water itself will be laced with toxic poison. He does not show any way out, nor does he provide a feel-good, unrealistic ending as do so many others.  In other words, he tells it honestly and like it is. Not like too many green groups and most large environmental organizations have been afraid to do.  

    In the case of most of the largest environmental groups, decades of advocacy have been defined by the rule of: “Don’t scare the public!”  They believe that if they do, then the public will freeze or give up.  They have certainly believed that explaining the full truth of the dire straits we are in would interfere with getting money, membership, and related support.

    For too long, the Reality of our existential situation attended by proliferating and interconnected crises has been covered with fig-leaves or denied outright. The Truth of the matter has been tailored to continuing the economic system, the social system, and bowing to what has been called “political realities.”  Yet, in order to deliver comprehensive catastrophe, all we have to do is to continue to act in ways that are “good, moral, and certainly acceptable.”  

    In this case, human self-immolation means simply continuing to turn the Earth into a waste stream behind our increasing and relentlessly increasing belief in unrestrained infinite growth and economic activity, while we eliminate the rest of Earth’s mammals, except we hope, ourselves and our domesticated food animals.

    It appears from our lack of progress in reversing or even slowing down the rate of carbon from fossil fuel use going into our atmosphere, we have no collective moral restraints that would stop complete self-destruction!

    Despite a laundry list of crises, all requiring management, and not finally fixable (or even solvable), Grantham plainly states that salvaging some parts of a fractured future will require collective action, extensive governmental regulation, and governmental leadership. Clearly, individual actions and exhortations toward more sustainable individual choices or individual behavioral changes will be futile! As they have been for the last few decades. 

    So, is there any good news?  Or, do we just party until the Titanic goes down?  

    To Be, or Not to Be or, To Do or Die

    Perhaps there is a plausible way out of the cul-de-sac that is presented by the crises, stated and otherwise. This crises argues for collective action, extensive government regulation and governing leadership. In the USA, the unstated belief is that there is no possible way for the government to do what is necessary. Nonetheless, the major philanthropies, like the Hewlett Foundation and the Packard Foundation have five-year plans that are working to build political leadership and elected officials that can begin someday to start to propose the suite of policies required to somehow salvage some part of our future and perhaps shards of civilization.  

    This is too little and too late. (For all the reasons why it is absolutely too little or too late read the 13 factors listed on this page.)

    It is widely known that one political party in the US is moving as fast as possible to drive us off the climate cliff of oblivion, and the other party is not proposing emergency brakes to stop forward momentum. Furthermore, the idea leading philanthropies suggest is to support “green” and responsible politicians. But, (almost) no Congressional candidates are proposing actions at an effective scale or, reflecting the urgency and the real breadth of the interconnected crises and, worse yet they are not looking to legitimately transform any of the true underline conditions exacerbating the crises, and so the prescription does not change.

    As things are progressing now there seems to be no escape from the comprehensive catastrophe that is fast approaching. Something drastically different is needed. Consider Backcasting. Backcasting is reverse-forecasting. So, can we start with a specific desirable future outcome and then work backward to the present conditions.  

    The desired future outcome here is the entire country working together cooperatively and with focused effort to eliminates fossil fuels use at a speed that will prevent humanity from suffering the worst possible consequences leading to extinction. The economy and productive capacity of our nation would be focused on eliminating fossil fuels to handle accelerating global warming, stopping toxic release while cleaning up pollution, slashing extraction and functioning within frameworks of fairness and social justice in order to involve everyone, like we have in our past, providing benefits and incentives for population reduction, and much more. 

    The recent analogy for something close to this comprehensive effort was World War 2. In the peak of that war, in 1943, the necessity of the emergency meant that military outlays were about half of the entire economic outputs for contending nations: the USA 42%; the UK 55%; Germany 70%; and Japan 43%. So, how could this level of concentrated and cooperative effort be catalyzed now? 

    To begin with, who could rouse, educate, alarm, warn, and advise the people of this nation and world?  

    Organizations like Job One for Humanity and the Association for the Tree of Life as well as the philanthropists, politicians, businesses, green groups, climate activists, and any others that these two groups have influenced are the first to come to mind. We are now left with those honestly educated leading players as the key current actors armed with a deeper truths about the real depth of our current crisis that could possibly have either the credibility or, who care deeply about impending human catastrophe or, who could muster the resources or, who could supply the advocacy that would galvanize enough people who could come to grips with this multifaceted ecological crises. 

    But what must we do next to truly save ourselves?

    To get to effective action requiring a cohesive and comprehensive political response, Americans (and people all over the world,) must give themselves over to the collective political system, similar to the ways many nations did in World War 2. In order to do that, we must first understand first that we have no choice because effective action at this late date can only be achieved by collective governmental action.  

    To get to a comprehensive and cooperative effort, nothing less will suffice. That effort must be catalyzed by us you and those listed previously, entities who care and who have the resources to make it happen. Those resources are at no one else’s disposal. 

    By this time you should be beginning to understand the scope, scale, and urgency of the interconnected crises that have beset all of us.  

    Unfortunately, Americans and most other people of the world do not grasp, much less recognize and accept that continuing as usual with our economic, political and social operating systems means comprehensive catastrophe. Similarly, most of the world is not conscious of how rapidly the transformations of our operating systems must take place if we are to create a viable future (since we do not have a viable future now). (See Part 3 of the Job one Plan to learn about how much has to change and how fast it has to happen.)

    Large-scale and urgent government action is critical, and it is necessary for Americans and all nations to have that explained, and have it explained as both unavoidable and immediately required. (Click here to see specifically what those government driven actions will look like for the escalating global warming emergency.) 

    The information, the news, the data related to the multifaceted threats to our survival are all more significant and widespread than at any time in our human history. Yet the people of every nation must “get the picture,” then “make sense of it.” We must communicate relentlessly the reality of what all of us face in ways that cannot be avoided and that motivate to act. If we rouse, alarm, warn, educate and advise the people of this nation and the world, the nation and world can be moved. 

    Looking back from a historical perspective, sometimes it seems that the future of a culture rests on the shoulders of a significant individual, or just a few. In America, we often believe that may have been true in the case of George Washington. Perhaps for Abraham Lincoln as well. But now, our future is in your hands and those who can see the crisis and respond to it.

    We can ask, and we can hope that you will help us and answer the call. We need your help to rouse, alarm, warn, educate, and advise the people of this nation and the world. (The effective action stepson our website including the 4 part Job One for Humanity Plan that will also help you rouse, warn and educate others about both the predicament we are in (with its chain of now on avoidable consequences as well as the honest and practical solutions that can still be executed.)

    Please volunteer, tell your friends and don't forget to donate! Yes, you too like Jeremy Grantham can call yourself a philanthropist because every leading-edge donor to this difficult and unpopular reality and cause is in truth, also a philanthropist. 

    Last month more of you responded to our newsletter with more donations than we have had for months. Thank you!

    This means we are now able to delay cutting thousands of our subscribers off our email lists to reduce our operating costs for at least another month.

    But, we do still urgently need your ongoing donations of any size. If you did not donate previously, please do so now. Your donations are easy to do online here and they are tax-deductible. 

    If you did donate last month, please donate again and be one of the key philanthropists that are helping keep our important message and mission moving through our global society. 

    Yours for humanity, our children, and the earth,

    Lawrence Wollersheim

    Lawrence Wollersheim
    Director
    Universe Spirit

    manage@universespirit.org

    www.UniverseSpirit.org 

    PS: please don't forget that all donors and volunteers and only donors and volunteers will receive special donors and volunteer briefings as we begin sending them out in the next several months.

    As such, because Job One for Humanity and the Association for the Tree of Life are leading this survival critical effort, they deserve your wholehearted support.

    Have you seen the new Global Warming Blog posts for the previous month?

     

    Click here and check out the new blog posts!

     

     

  • We’re Losing the Global Warming and Environmental Protection Races: “So, What Do We Do Now?”

    It is time to be honest with ourselves. We are facing a myriad of global warming and ecological crisis rapidly escalating toward extinction levels. The collapse of multiple climate, biological and human systems is inevitable. But what next?

    In this Universe Spirit monthly newsletter you will find a reply to the philanthropist Jeremy Grantham’s brilliant new essay on the unfolding multifaceted environmental catastrophe rapidly approaching called The Race of Our Lives, Revisited. Even if you not have read it, you will get enough of a summary from what is written below to understand it and its importance concerning what to do next in the face of honest environmental news. 

    This reply was also significantly co-written by a partner and global warming education team member, Michael Mielke...

    In The Race of Our Lives, Revisited, essay, an enlightened environmental philanthropist has finally and clearly explained that the interconnected crises of climate breakdown, ecological overshoot, and pervasive pollutions are not problems that can be solved or even difficulties that can be sufficiently addressed.  

    Instead, Jeremy Grantham details how taking, making and wasting– our relentless extraction, production, then pollution processes – now yield consequence predicaments we can only endure.  

    The difference between problems and predicaments is stark. Problems have solutions. Predicaments can only be managed and endured.

    The situation that remains once too many humans take too much from our Earth leaving too many poisons in our wake is a predicament, and Grantham’s Race of Our Lives Revisited describes with amazingly detailed and solid documentation the unavoidable predicaments and consequences. Most importantly it also describes the necessary responses for our collective survival:

    1. Destroy the Earth or rapidly and completely decarbonize economies. (Page 2).
    2. Gradual fossil fuel reductions mean coastal cities will be flooded and uninhabitable; ice caps will melt.  (Page 3).
    3. We are losing 1% of our global soil a year. There are 30 to 70 good harvest years remaining. (Page 3).
    4. We have created a toxic environment not conducive to life, and toxins saturate our daily life. (Page 3).
    5. There is simply no other way to manage these crises except for extensive and overarching governmental regulation and leadership in establishing restrictions and limiting poisons. (Page 4of his essay and in Part 3 of the Job one Plan for the last five years). 
    6. Even with the over-optimistic assumptions and accelerating green technologies, i.e., decarbonized energy, the projected use of fossil fuels will still be 50% of energy consumption in 2050, which is a near certain extinction level. (Summarized on page 13).

    It is easy to become overwhelmed by the intractable nature of the honestly illuminated crises of our present situation, particularly when almost all of these crises are getting inexorably and exponentially worse. On page 28, however, Grantham explodes the bombshell:

    “The greatest deficiency of capitalism is its complete inability to deal with any of these things.”  A few pages later he concludes, “God help us. For we appear incapable or at least unwilling, to help ourselves, and our great scientific skills increasingly appear insufficient.”

    Should we be Resigned to Comprehensive Catastrophic Collapse and Is that Our Only Option?

    At first glance, it does seem that Jeremy Grantham has argued that our modern wonder-world will end with “Hell and High Water,” while the water itself will be laced with toxic poison. He does not show any way out, nor does he provide a feel-good, unrealistic ending as do so many others.  In other words, he tells it honestly and like it is. Not like too many green groups and most large environmental organizations have been afraid to do.  

    In the case of most of the largest environmental groups, decades of advocacy have been defined by the rule of: “Don’t scare the public!”  They believe that if they do, then the public will freeze or give up.  They have certainly believed that explaining the full truth of the dire straits we are in would interfere with getting money, membership, and related support.

    For too long, the Reality of our existential situation attended by proliferating and interconnected crises has been covered with fig-leaves or denied outright. The Truth of the matter has been tailored to continuing the economic system, the social system, and bowing to what has been called “political realities.”  Yet, in order to deliver comprehensive catastrophe, all we have to do is to continue to act in ways that are “good, moral, and certainly acceptable.”  

    In this case, human self-immolation means simply continuing to turn the Earth into a waste stream behind our increasing and relentlessly increasing belief in unrestrained infinite growth and economic activity, while we eliminate the rest of Earth’s mammals, except we hope, ourselves and our domesticated food animals.

    It appears from our lack of progress in reversing or even slowing down the rate of carbon from fossil fuel use going into our atmosphere, we have no collective moral restraints that would stop complete self-destruction!

    Despite a laundry list of crises, all requiring management, and not finally fixable (or even solvable), Grantham plainly states that salvaging some parts of a fractured future will require collective action, extensive governmental regulation, and governmental leadership. Clearly, individual actions and exhortations toward more sustainable individual choices or individual behavioral changes will be futile! As they have been for the last few decades. 

    So, is there any good news?  Or, do we just party until the Titanic goes down?  

    To Be, or Not to Be or, To Do or Die

    Perhaps there is a plausible way out of the cul-de-sac that is presented by the crises, stated and otherwise. This crises argues for collective action, extensive government regulation and governing leadership. In the USA, the unstated belief is that there is no possible way for the government to do what is necessary. Nonetheless, the major philanthropies, like the Hewlett Foundation and the Packard Foundation have five-year plans that are working to build political leadership and elected officials that can begin someday to start to propose the suite of policies required to somehow salvage some part of our future and perhaps shards of civilization.  

    This is too little and too late. (For all the reasons why it is absolutely too little or too late read the 13 factors listed on this page.)

    It is widely known that one political party in the US is moving as fast as possible to drive us off the climate cliff of oblivion, and the other party is not proposing emergency brakes to stop forward momentum. Furthermore, the idea leading philanthropies suggest is to support “green” and responsible politicians. But, (almost) no Congressional candidates are proposing actions at an effective scale or, reflecting the urgency and the real breadth of the interconnected crises and, worse yet they are not looking to legitimately transform any of the true underline conditions exacerbating the crises, and so the prescription does not change.

    As things are progressing now there seems to be no escape from the comprehensive catastrophe that is fast approaching. Something drastically different is needed. Consider Backcasting. Backcasting is reverse-forecasting. So, can we start with a specific desirable future outcome and then work backward to the present conditions.  

    The desired future outcome here is the entire country working together cooperatively and with focused effort to eliminates fossil fuels use at a speed that will prevent humanity from suffering the worst possible consequences leading to extinction. The economy and productive capacity of our nation would be focused on eliminating fossil fuels to handle accelerating global warming, stopping toxic release while cleaning up pollution, slashing extraction and functioning within frameworks of fairness and social justice in order to involve everyone, like we have in our past, providing benefits and incentives for population reduction, and much more. 

    The recent analogy for something close to this comprehensive effort was World War 2. In the peak of that war, in 1943, the necessity of the emergency meant that military outlays were about half of the entire economic outputs for contending nations: the USA 42%; the UK 55%; Germany 70%; and Japan 43%. So, how could this level of concentrated and cooperative effort be catalyzed now? 

    To begin with, who could rouse, educate, alarm, warn, and advise the people of this nation and world?  

    Organizations like Job One for Humanity and the Association for the Tree of Life as well as the philanthropists, politicians, businesses, green groups, climate activists, and any others that these two groups have influenced are the first to come to mind. We are now left with those honestly educated leading players as the key current actors armed with a deeper truths about the real depth of our current crisis that could possibly have either the credibility or, who care deeply about impending human catastrophe or, who could muster the resources or, who could supply the advocacy that would galvanize enough people who could come to grips with this multifaceted ecological crises. 

    But what must we do next to truly save ourselves?

    To get to effective action requiring a cohesive and comprehensive political response, Americans (and people all over the world,) must give themselves over to the collective political system, similar to the ways many nations did in World War 2. In order to do that, we must first understand first that we have no choice because effective action at this late date can only be achieved by collective governmental action.  

    To get to a comprehensive and cooperative effort, nothing less will suffice. That effort must be catalyzed by us you and those listed previously, entities who care and who have the resources to make it happen. Those resources are at no one else’s disposal. 

    By this time you should be beginning to understand the scope, scale, and urgency of the interconnected crises that have beset all of us.  

    Unfortunately, Americans and most other people of the world do not grasp, much less recognize and accept that continuing as usual with our economic, political and social operating systems means comprehensive catastrophe. Similarly, most of the world is not conscious of how rapidly the transformations of our operating systems must take place if we are to create a viable future (since we do not have a viable future now). (See Part 3 of the Job one Plan to learn about how much has to change and how fast it has to happen.)

    Large-scale and urgent government action is critical, and it is necessary for Americans and all nations to have that explained, and have it explained as both unavoidable and immediately required. (Click here to see specifically what those government driven actions will look like for the escalating global warming emergency.) 

    The information, the news, the data related to the multifaceted threats to our survival are all more significant and widespread than at any time in our human history. Yet the people of every nation must “get the picture,” then “make sense of it.” We must communicate relentlessly the reality of what all of us face in ways that cannot be avoided and that motivate to act. If we rouse, alarm, warn, educate and advise the people of this nation and the world, the nation and world can be moved. 

    Looking back from a historical perspective, sometimes it seems that the future of a culture rests on the shoulders of a significant individual, or just a few. In America, we often believe that may have been true in the case of George Washington. Perhaps for Abraham Lincoln as well. But now, our future is in your hands and those who can see the crisis and respond to it.

    We can ask, and we can hope that you will help us and answer the call. We need your help to rouse, alarm, warn, educate, and advise the people of this nation and the world. (The effective action stepson our website including the 4 part Job One for Humanity Plan that will also help you rouse, warn and educate others about both the predicament we are in (with its chain of now on avoidable consequences as well as the honest and practical solutions that can still be executed.)

    Please volunteer, tell your friends and don't forget to donate! Yes, you too like Jeremy Grantham can call yourself a philanthropist because every leading-edge donor to this difficult and unpopular reality and cause is in truth, also a philanthropist. 

    Last month more of you responded to our newsletter with more donations than we have had for months. Thank you!

    This means we are now able to delay cutting thousands of our subscribers off our email lists to reduce our operating costs for at least another month.

    But, we do still urgently need your ongoing donations of any size. If you did not donate previously, please do so now. Your donations are easy to do online here and they are tax-deductible. 

    If you did donate last month, please donate again and be one of the key philanthropists that are helping keep our important message and mission moving through our global society. 

    Yours for humanity, our children, and the earth,

    Lawrence Wollersheim

    Lawrence Wollersheim
    Director
    Universe Spirit

    manage@universespirit.org

    www.UniverseSpirit.org 

    PS: please don't forget that all donors and volunteers and only donors and volunteers will receive special donors and volunteer briefings as we begin sending them out in the next several months.

    As such, because Job One for Humanity and the Association for the Tree of Life are leading this survival critical effort, they deserve your wholehearted support.

    Have you seen the new Global Warming Blog posts for the previous month?

     

    Click here and check out the new blog posts!

     

     

  • What’s Another Way to Say ‘We’re F-cked’?

    One of the leading climate and global warming scientists of our time is warning of the horrifying and very real possibility of 15-to-20 feet of sea-level rise within 70 years.

    A new book on global warming called Climageddon presented a well-documented case that sea level rise by 2050 will likely be closer to 10 feet versus the official estimates of about 3 feet. Now a renown climate scientist suggests the real numbers for global sea level rise could be 15 to 20 feet within as little as the next 70 years!

    It appears that severe global warming consequences are coming far, far faster than the public is being told while at the same time governments like the US are secretly preparing for these consequences. For example, the US military has been given a large budget to start dramatically raising all of the dock and wharf facilities at all military seaports around the world to accommodate their own internal sea level rise estimates. If they do not do this, military preparedness and re-supply lines (not to mention world trade,) would be drastically affected as ships could not load or unload at docks and wharves that would be flooding or underwater.

    Paradoxically at the same time, the US government publicly denies that global warming is real and removes global warming information from its websites.

    It's time to start thinking about why we are not being told by the US government how bad global warming consequences will actually become in the next 10 to 20 years as well as over the next decades. Is the US government not telling us how bad global warming is really going to get because they are not fully ready to handle the mass migrations and the massive changes and reactions from the public and the markets as the public and markets rapidly make the radical real estate, economic and social changes necessary to protect themselves from what is coming?

    If you'd like to read more about how global warming caused sea level rise could now be as much as 15 to 20 feet in the next 70 years, which would cripple world trade and flood out significant portions of almost every major coastal city around the world read the full article here,then come back to our website and read this article for the necessary background science you will need to digest the shocking news bet sea level rise is going to be far higher and far faster than you are being told.

    From the research staff at Joboneforhumanity.org

    Please also check out our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/Climageddon

     

     

  • World's leading global warming authority warns it's almost too late to save the future!

    Of the dozens of articles just released on the newest and worst IPCC report on global warming, the one in Rolling Stone is the one we select for you to review.

    Consider it indicative of how bad and how fast a massive global warming disaster and meltdown is approaching...

    The long title of the new Rolling Stone article and review of the IPCC report on global warming is; Can Civilization Survive What’s Coming? The new IPCC report on climate change will fill you with existential dread — rightfully so.

    Selective quotes from that article:

    A thousand years from now, when some vaguely human-like machine digs through the ashes of the Twenty-First century and tries to figure out what happened to those once-thriving animals called Homo sapiens, it may be confused about why an intelligent species that could build rockets and write songs like “Imagine” couldn’t heed warnings of its own destruction. A key question for future historians of the universe: How stupid were those humans anyway?

    Here’s what this new IPCC report says, in a nutshell:

    To avoid blowing through the 1.5 C target, nations of the world need to cut carbon pollution as fast as humanly possible. To be more precise, nations of the world need to get to zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    The other big takeaway from this report is that it’s time to get serious about adapting to a rapidly changing world. If we don’t, a good percentage of civilization as we know it today won’t survive.

    From a purely economic point of view, the cost of climate denial is already enormous. Last year, damages from extreme weather hit $306 billion in the U.S. alone, the costliest ever. If we don’t rethink how and where we build homes and infrastructure, those costs will only grow.

    You can read the full article here: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/can-earth-survive-climate-change-735067/

    You will notice that there is no pulling punches in this article. If we do not get climate emergency openly declared worldwide and make the necessary changes, we will not survive.  

    If we are not proposing drastic measures then there is no future for the children.

    It is that simple.

    Whatever you are doing, if you are not doing everything you can to transform our economic, social, political and moral operating systems, then your families will not forgive you. That is because you know, and when they ask what you did when you knew, no half-measures will save you from their comprehensive condemnation.

    Now, if you now believe that telling people the truth is too difficult and will cause people to "give-up," We will say instead that "triggering our survival instinct to act is our only remaining hope." 

    (This article has been done in coordination with the Association for the Tree of Life and its leadership.)

     

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