is the fight for a new economy, a new energy system, a new
new relationship to the planet and to each other, for land,
water, and food
for Indigenous rights, for human rights and dignity for all
climate justice wins we win the world that we want. We can’t
out, not because we have too much to lose but because we have
to gain. … We are bound together in this battle, not just for
the parts per million of CO2, but to transform our economies
world that we want today.”
director of the Oakland-based Asian Pacific
Network (APEN), “Confessions of a Climate Denier in
Asian Pacific Environment Network, May 8, 2013.
Surprisingly, it´s again about making a plan for a plan.
And its late. It´s very late to do that.
Making a plan for a plan not just to reduce, but to PUT AN END to excessive greenhouse gas emissions and a world of fossil fuels.
Staying within 1,5° Celsius of global warming, not reaching any of the tipping points or cascades we do not understand well.
A big goal, indeed...
It seems that this effort is forlon, futile & hopeless.
But why shall ONE INDIVIDUAL feel responsible to solve such a grand, multilayered complex "wicked problem" alone?
And the main question I raise is: how do you know it is enough?
It´s hubris, an overestimation following a headless feeling of guilt and at least to do "something" - but where will single action lead?
It will lead nowhere. A planforaplan needs a lot of hands, voices, minds and resources.
It needs an overarching feeling of responsibility for our planet, our air, our water, breaking down fences, silos and bubbles in which people got entrenched by fear.
It´s not political (wherever you may stand on the spectrum) it´s moral.
In 2019 7.7 billion people are endangered by the consequences of climate change and global warming, no matter if they already feel a drastic change in extreme weather conditions or not. Estimated 500 million people will have to flee the coastal areas of the world (Los Angeles, New York, Venice, Vancouver, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Singapore, Shanghai, New Orleans, The Hague, Miami, Rio De Janeiro, Osaka etc.) if we get over 2-4degress of temperature rise and do not stay below 1.5.
There are people elected in representative democracies who´s job is to move things and solve big scale problems. Who's job is to keep the social contract and leave a planet and intact ecosystem for future generations. There are thousands of scientists, engineers, farmers, local community representatives. People fully committed with in-depth knowledge & experience in different fields locally, full-paid jobs, resources and instruments at hand.
What can one do?
Asking to make a plan for a plan and not get bullshitted about the outcome. Getting the goal and the problem straight is a community task, so that others are not easily discrediting a single view and are confusing the mode of asking with a solution.
I need no money, because all what is necessary to know is, that the necessary resources exist.
I need no global power, because there are all the others who have global and local influence on their behalf. I am not them. Nobody elected me, nor is it a paid job to save the world single-handedly like in a comic book, I can remind them of their responsibilities, their expertise, their jobs, they have chosen.
I need only a thought.
All we need is to change the collective memory, spreading the idea like a virus - that a better world is possible.
We only have to find out the steps and make it happen.
We need a plan.
1 PART ONE
of planforaplan is for everyone in everday life. It´s a simple, devilish reflection, an inconvenient introspection.The relations are based on the psychological concept of the "dark triad" as a proposal to offer a territory for self-reflection.
"THE OTHER" represents the otherness, the state of being different from and alien to the social identity of a person and to the identity of the Self, dissimilar to and the opposite of the Self, of Us, and of the Same.
"ME" in the sense of self as an individual person as the object of his or her own reflective consciousness, the base for identity. The sense of having a self—or self-hood—should, however, not be confused with subjectivity itself. The distinction between the self as I, the subjective knower, and the self as Me, the subject that is known.
"COMMUNITY" A community is a social unit (a group of living things) with commonality such as norms, religion, values, customs, or social identity. Communities may share a sense of place situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighbourhood) or in virtual space through communication platforms. It may constitute as a social construct through learning, language and culture, formed by individual choices to be temporally or permanently part of a group.
Let´s face it - what prevents all that to come together in a
constructive and harmonic way?
Maybe human psychology is the biggest factor which keeps us from succeeding:
The colourful triads of planforaplan derive from the so called "dark triad" in psychology. Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_triad
WHERE DO I STAND?
WHERE WOULD I BE MOST CONSTRUCTIVE FOR SOCIETY?
Think about it, discuss it, print it and put it on a wall if you like (download .pdf of the poster HERE). Sometimes it could be enough to pose the question without waiting for an answer of somebody else.
IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT THE URGENCY, THIS VIDEO MIGHT HELP :
or this one from Sept 2019. Why trusting CNN? - because one might
say, that climate activists stating this for 30 years are overly
dramatising the outcome...
2 PART TWO
of planforaplan is a call for global question and collaboration:
Ask all those you know:
IS THERE A PLAN CONSIDERING ALL PLANS OF NGO´s GOVERNMENTS, INDIVIDUALS ETC. WHICH IS PLAUSIBLE & SUFFICIENT ENOUGH TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING OR BALANCE IT SUSTAINABLY?
IF SUCH A PLAN EXISTS, WHY DOESN´T IT WORK OR GET IMPLEMENTED? IF THERE IS NONE, PUSH PEOPLE TO MAKE ONE AND DEPLOY IT. NOW!
It´s the responsibility of all the people controlling the necessary resources to change this situation. Not to point to the population at risk as the perpetrator. A plan for a plan gives this responsibility a framework of self-driven quality-management and awareness of possible change - and tools to monitor and steer the outcome.
Humankind shall tackle it´s problems not anymore only in a “local focus hocus pocus” manner, as Buckminster Fuller put it, but also shall stop this childish and ignorant "global hocus pocus" manner where the gains of globalization are only for the rich and the risks are left to the 99% who have significantly less.
This has to stop. We have to evolve.
Since 1988 there are indeed getting a lot of solutions and plans developed and proposed, intelligence collected and evaluated. But which one to take? Which estimates to trust - what would really work, and what is standing in the way to implement it. It is still an Herculean efforts of hundreds or thousands of minds to sort through the arguments and balance and rank them. A non-exclusive and not ranked list which may act as a starter:
doubt there is work to be done. There is a difference between
being forceful and WELL INFORMED
being partially aware of what is needed to be done in reality.
Greta Thunberg is making a splash but
to realize even though she has been verbal and brought it
forcefully to world leaders attention the
has to be turn over to CLIMATE and ENVIRONMENTAL experts who
have to be in leadership
must be a plan, which CAN be implemented, knowing how to
coordinate staff, and the cost. Must
buy-in around the world. No nonsense and pie in the sky. Much
research still has to be done to
IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.
Judy Bouer in a comment in Business Insider, Greta Thunberg responds to 'haters,' asking why adults '
their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for
promoting science', 2019
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