Now that the Innovation series is complete and following this, I’ve covered some points regarding a couple noisy deniers, I would like to state that as far as my blog is concerned, I’ve provided enough evidence and reasoning as to why climate change is real and occurring and that there is enough evidence to suggest that it is our actions that are playing a significant role in amplifying change as well as degrading landscapes and ecosystems, which in turn is further limiting their resilience to this change. Enough said.
Dwelling on these points and repeating these facts is tedious, boring and ultimately depressing.
What I really want to do is build up from the Innovation series to talk about how all species can best adapt to this changing world – especially how our future generations are most likely to enjoy the best standards of living and ecological benefits. I want to make lemonade from these lemons. We are a clever bunch and by no means beat by the inevitable changes at hand.
At first, I figured I would make random posts, using the Innovation series as the foundation. The farming post a few days ago was the first of this. However, I grew bored quickly in the lack of direction. Even when limiting myself, I was able to put around 20,000 words together for the Innovation series and have had quite a lot of positive feedback. I’m most productive in this format, with direction.
The idea for the next series came to me as I drifted off to sleep last night and has sat in me until just now. A number of the bloggers I have on my reader as well as the feedback I get on my own has painted a clear image of frustration (largely at the lack of political will) and disbelief (largely at the lack of concern expressed by what appears to be a large group of our species). We could continue to post all the evidence we have in nice little blogs until the sea water inundates our computers, or we can take climate change as a given, ignore the deniers and start talking loudly of how we can effectively address the future.
To do this, I put forth the idea for my next series; which I am calling out for assistance. I know that I have a number of very intelligent people looking over my work here – a number of which who also have a strong readership on their blogs, with even more people reading them. We are not short of grey-matter and expertise, only focus.
In this series, I would like to put forth chapters that look at one area of human activity that emits greenhouse gases and ask how practices can be changed to start to make a difference. It will be decades before fossil fuelled power stations will be decommissioned, it will be much sooner that internal combustion engine vehicles will become too expensive for most people to run and it is already hitting the prices of food. We can, however, begin to make a difference and certainly can start that change in practices – not with new technology, but simply through doing things differently. If we can demonstrate how it can be done, and make enough noise about this, it will encourage the majority (who are generally hearing nothing but doom and gloom) that there are practical options.
Maybe once a week (let’s say a Monday), I’ll post my introduction out for each chapter and everyone who is interested, or knows of others who might have some ideas, can add to the discussions and over the following weekend we can put the final chapter piece out on a new rolling page. Following this, we can stylise it up a bit and provide the complete work (with all the contributors and references included) as a complete .pdf E-book which can be downloaded, shared and also used as a basis for further discussion. Between all of us, we have a fair weight of literature and ideas. I certainly feel that this could be a beneficial piece that can demonstrate a positive spin on the way forward.
My first run through for chapter ideas is:
- Personal housing
- Agriculture – food
- Agriculture – non-food
- Water Security
- Services (location and type)
- Waste and recycling (non-water)
- Landscape use and modification (including carbon sequestering and sustainable harvest)
Of course, this list is open to discussion and modifiable.
What does everyone think? If it’s plan, I’ll start the first chapter and post it on this coming Monday.