Where Are We Now?
" In order to know how to get to where you want to go you need to know where you are." Errol Strider
Burning fossil fuels is causing carbon and methane pollution of the atmosphere to increase two or more parts per million per year (ppm.) That may seem like a very small amount, but it has huge implications for your personal future and the future of all humanity. This is because burning fossil fuels is rapidly raising our average global temperature and destabilizing other essential climate conditions due to the greenhouse gas effect.
This annual carbon pollution amount has been growing steadily since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1850's. Worse yet, over the past decades this carbon and methane air pollution has been growing exponentially.
At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution total carbon particles in the atmosphere was at about 270 parts per million (ppm.) We are now at just over 400 ppm of carbon particles in the atmosphere (430 ppm if you also include other fossil fuel atmospheric pollutants like methane.) If we continue with business as usual, it won’t be too long until we’ve reached the life-critical 450 carbon ppm transition point. Carbon 450 is a major climate transition point where we could start going over the climate destabilization cliff into catastrophic levels of climate change and temperature rise not seen for millions of years! (If you have not yet read the essential Job One definition of climate destabilization, please do so now by clicking here.)
The reality of reaching carbon 450 ppm is really not so far away as we would wish it to be. Carbon 450 may occur as early as 2020 to 2030. This carbon 450 climate transition point is a major threat to the quality of life of everyone under 80 for compelling reasons. According to James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 450 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere would correspond to a temperature increase of six degrees Fahrenheit in average global temperature in this century and “the end of human civilization as we’ve come to know it.”
Several conservative organizations predict we are in for real climate trouble. In 2012 the World Bank predicted a rise of 4 degrees Celsius (8 plus degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, bringing "extreme heat waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity and life‑threatening sea-level rise." Price Cooper Waterhouse [an international accounting firm,] did the disheartening temperature calculations in late 2012 and said it is virtually assured we will hit 2 degrees Celsius (4 plus degrees Fahrenheit )and that we would probably hit six degrees Celsius (12 plus degrees Fahrenheit).
There are other well-researched climate destabilization predictions projecting that if we cross any of the many other critical climate and climate sub-system tipping points we could even reach carbon 550-650 ppm in the atmosphere by 2050-2060 (or even earlier.) This second climate destabilization cliff of carbon 550-650 ppm could eventually lead to and result in as much as a 12 degree Fahrenheit average global temperature increase sometime before the end of the 21st century or even sooner. These even higher average global temperature predictions appear to lead to the ultimate climate cliff of irreversible climate destabilization creating a Second Great Evolutionary Bottleneck for humanity as a species and would escalate the already ongoing Sixth Great Extinction to up to half the species on Earth. You will learn more about the Second Great Evolutionary Bottleneck and th Sixth Great Extinction Event as you read the "Benefits of Global Warming" sections of the Job One Plan linked farther below.
We also have just crossed a smaller, but dangerous tipping point in May of 2014 when scientists discovered that the West Antarctic Ice Shelf has gone into an irreversible escalating melt. Click here for more information on the first ice shelf tipping point in the climate chain being crossed.
Now is the time to realize and accept we are facing the greatest and most important adaptive challenge and transformational evolutionary adventure in human history. Now is the time to get prepared for what is coming!
If we do not work together to radically curb our human-caused greenhouse gas emissions of carbon and methane from fossil fuel use Right NOW, we will go over climate destabilization cliffs and tipping points. Then we will be dealing with many consequences that we will not be able to recover from and will eventually threaten the survival of our species in extinction level climate destabilization.
"Climate tipping points are so dangerous because if you pass them, the climate is out of humanity's control. If an ice sheet disintegrates and starts to slide into the ocean there's nothing we can do about that." James Hansen
In fact, we are dealing with many early climate destabilization consequences already. Storms are taking paths and occurring at times that have never seen before. These new storms are also becoming more severe, of larger scale and more frequent. 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 (4 degrees Fahrenheit) —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.”
The greatest and most important adaptive challenge and transformational evolutionary adventure is already on us! Are we going to sit idly by and watch Earth’s various physical and species beauties melt away in coming decades?
The effects of climate destabilization are perhaps not so fully visible to all of us at the moment, but given enough time, they will be, and then, they will not be able to be ignored or possibly even recovered from. If the Greenland ice sheet and other key Antarctic ice sheets melt completely, they will be gone for hundreds to thousands of years. We will all lose something irreplaceable to our wellbeing and the planet's sea level could eventually rises up to 8 meters (24 ft).
This planet is full of so many natural and human-related treasures that we will most likely never get back after they’re gone. So, it is time for us to come together as global citizens in order to solve the adaptive challenges associated with climate destabilization before it’s too late. We call the new comprehensive global and local strategy for effectively resolving climate destabilization the Job One for Humanity Plan to retabalize the climate and create a Sustainable Prosperity.
If we bring our collective energy, attention and intelligence to implementing the best solutions to this complicated climate issue, we would also resolve many of the other secondary, global challenges humanity faces in the process. But if we fail to deal with the exponentially increasing amounts of greenhouse gas going into our atmosphere and go over any of the major climate destabilization cliffs or tipping points, we won’t be doing much of anything anymore except trying to survive in a world few would want to live in.
According to the climate author, Mark Lynas, if we let our planet’s temperature increase by as much as six degrees Celsius (about 12 degrees Fahrenheit) “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" (this would be the Second Great Evolutionary Bottleneck you will learn more about later.)
"it is not an exaggeration to believe that your personal future and the future of your family, business or nation now depends upon how well you understand the process and consequences of escalating climate destabilization. Yes, there will be a few winners, but there will be far more losers who will be suffering devastating losses! Of all the losers, the biggest loser maybe the survival of the human race itself." Lawrence Wollersheim
To Get the Basics of What you Need to Know on Why the Job One for Humanity Plan is Survival-Critical for Humanity Watch Two Critical 10 minute Videos on Human-Caused Climate Destabilization Below:
Critical Video 1: The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See (Version 2.) It is a phenomenal, 10 minute long video that examines the arguments of the deniers and critics as well as the facts surrounding catastrophic climate destabilization, allowing you to come to your own conclusions. At the end, it quickly and brilliantly summarizes what will happen to us if we do not fix the catastrophic climate destabilization issue and rise to the greatest adaptive challenge and transformational evolutionary adventure in human history (the first version of this video has been viewed 6 million times and is made by the same person).
Critical Video 2: Wake Up, Freak Out - Then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo is 11 minutes long. It gives a basic, yet detailed animated explanation of what is actually happening to destabilize the global climate as well as how it is happening. Pay particular attention to the animation's excellent explanation of the various critical, climate tipping points. This video has been viewed over a million times and has been translated into 22 different languages (for more about why knowing these climate tipping points is so critical, click here).
(Please note that although the above animation sometimes subtly presents a polarized viewpoint of us against them [that is, us against the vested interests, corporations and heavily lobbied governments], it is still a well done animation that does an amazing job of explaining the basics of how and why catastrophic climate destabilization is unfolding (note: our community of Evolutioneers accepts the adaptive challenge and great transformational evolutionary adventure of a possible Second Great Evolutionary Bottleneck and does not promote polarizing or dualistic approaches --- this is because we try to see things from the big picture viewpoint of progressive universe evolution in which everyone and everything is always learning from feedback and then either adapting and growing or breaking down and being recycled. In other words everyone is at their own level of evolutionary maturity and education and there fore there is no reason to polarize against someone who has yet to attain the level of evolutionary maturity and education that others have attained).
Both videos above capture a good part of the "why we need to act NOW" essence and why this is truly the greatest adaptive challenge and transformational evolutionary adventure in human history message of the Job One for Humanity. If you are ready to look at the "First Things First" steps for how we can effectively resolve the greatest adaptive challenge and transformational, evolutionary adventure in human history to lessen climate destabilization, click here. If not, continue reading for important climate and national security information.
Global Warming and its Consequent Climate Destabilization is Now Far More than Just an Environmental Issue. It is the Now the Most Serious National Security, Generational Safety and Economic Prosperity Issue for both the United States and the Planet.
"You cannot be called an alarmist if there really is something to be alarmed about." Unknown
Global warming and its consequent climate destabilization may have started out as an environmental issue 35 years ago, but human-caused global warming due to fossil fuel carbon pollution of the atmosphere has now gone far beyond that. It is now the single, biggest threat to our global and national security, generational safety and our financial prosperity!
How to Get Started with Job One for Humanity Plan Action Steps:
"The Job One for Humanity Plan deals with the greatest single adaptive challenge and transformational, evolutionary adventure in human history. As such, it is exciting to be a part of the team taking on this momentous challenge." a Job one team leader
Humanity and the planet are facing its biggest adaptive challenge and greatest transformational adventure ever! Luckily, together we can still have time to prepare and adapt to it.
By establishing the appropriate, enforceable international carbon and methane pollution laws, by creating new technologies and by our personal and collective actions, we can not only lessen and slow climate destabilization, eventually we should be able to reverse it back to safe levels --- before it becomes irreversible (or it rises to the near-extinction or extinction level)! By managing climate destabilization now and preventing ourselves from going off the rapidly approaching climate destabilization cliff, we will also create a better and more secure future for both ourselves today as well as for future generations.
In the Job One for Humanity online booklet (found by clicking the link at the very bottom of the page) you will find:
A.) The essential and honest global warming and climate destabilization facts that you will need to know to prepare for and protect your future.
B.) A big picture perspective and evolutionary meta-framing for this enormous, adaptive challenge and transformational adventure to help you stay calm and motivated.
C.) Effective, honest and practical climate re-stabilization action steps that are:
1.) properly prioritized and sequenced,
2.) that can be done and are within either our individual or collective action zones of influence.
3.) that will create a lasting and sustainable prosperity for the future.
You are now ready to find out about the most important action steps that we can do both individually and collectively to first slow, lessen and then resolve human-caused climate destabilization.