According to an assessment by the International Energy Association in 2012, there is a 40% chance that we will experience 4C degrees of global warming due to anthropogenic emissions by the year 2100. In a 4 degree scenario, human beings risk crossing dangerous thresholds that will cause cascading effects and irreversible impacts to life on Earth; such as the die-back of the Amazon Rain Forest, the disappearance of the melting Greenland ice sheet, significant changes in jet stream patterns, or the collapse of the West Antarctica ice sheet (see Chapter 7 of “Turn Down the Heat” – a report for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research).
4C degrees of warming (7.2 degrees Farenheit) would be a disaster to global systems – as they say, “A two degree celsius increase in human body temperature will give you fever; a four degree celsius increase will put you in the hospital.” For example, a 4 degree warming which leads to the melting and disappearance of the Greenland ice sheet will likely cause a sea level rise of 5 meters or more – effectively wiping out many coastal cities such as Miami, FL or Amsterdam, NL (see NASA Climate Time Machine ). Allowing this warming trend to continue will expose all life on Earth to serious threats: to our access to safe drinking water; to our access to safe shelter in a hospitable living environment; to our access to continual food supplies; and to our protection from dangerous pests & diseases.
In effect, human beings are now faced by a moment of truth — this time we must successfully execute the most challenging projects ever undertaken during our existence on Earth — projects to reinvent the way we live, in order to drastically decrease our footprint in a rapidly warming world; and at the same time, ensure that life on Earth can adapt to the effects that we have already put into motion. We must act now, act together, and act differently (according to experts like Marianne Fay, chief economist of the World Bank). It will require extraordinary imagination to design ideas that are simple and natural to put into motion, yet can scale its effects to have a planetary benefit.
We need to address the basic framework of human production based on fossil fuel burning and a built environment of concrete/steel/wood/plastics. Also, according to Christine LaGuarde, Managing Director of the IMF, “we need to get the pricing right” to “incorporate negative externalities”. This means that we need to act as smart consumers and producers to create economic choices that favor the phasing out of fossil fuel burning. Considering the limited success to institute a comprehensive protocol in the last 30 years to address global warming, we need to act differently. Based on personal reflection, I believe that a world which prices the negative effects of fossil fuel burning is actually an alternative world, not just an improved version of our current system of global production. An alternative world requires an alternative vision.
We need to start with a question like “How do we make a consumer product without burning any fossil fuel and creating no waste?” or “How do we create shelter without burning any fossil fuel?” We need to create an alternative economy that allows us to make a choice. If I am a consumer who can choose between a purchasing a computer made without burning fossil fuel and a computer made with burning fossil fuel, I would choose the former regardless of whether it costs another thousand dollars to make. When we have that choice, the momentum will start to move in favor of Green House Gas mitigation.
As a professional project manager and a father of 2 wonderful boys, I am ready to lay everything on the line for projects to counter global warming (in order to preserve a world where our progeny can prosper). I have experience running global projects to implement complex technologies, and experience working in diverse multicultural environments — I can maneuver difficult projects to successful outcomes and have insights on how to get ideas into execution mode. I believe that the greatest ideas will come from the most unlikely places – and I am willing to invest my time and resources into any proposals or ideas. I am particularly interested in projects that fall into the following domains:
1) projects involving cradle-to-cradle product development (taking waste out of the incinerator)
2) projects involving the transformation of grid-scale renewable energy storage (such as compressed air).
3) projects involving re-inventing the human built environment, which could introduce materials that will dramatically reduce our footprint.
4) projects involving the study of extremophile biology or adaption to extreme climates.
5) projects involving marine protected areas, which could conserve the last wild oceans from human extraction.
6) projects involving quantum biology, which could enable humans to harvest light for energy as efficiently as plants.
7) projects involving the removal of fossil fuels from production process (using non-combustion methods like self-assembly).
I am open to entertain proposals or ideas. If you have a project that requires investment or support, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sincerely yours as a fellow earthling,
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