3 ways to battle climate change in the short term: they said it couldn’t be done, but we can
We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.” — Elon Musk
The world is on fire.
From space, big red areas light up on the smallest continent on earth, Australia, and in the Amazon rainforest.
In 2009, Australia replaced the United States as the biggest carbon emitter per capita in the world. Seven years later, in 2016, Australia is the 10th most coal-dependent country in the world. The coal industry produces approximately 38% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, Australia’s annual carbon emissions reaches a new high and drops in emissions from the electricity sector have been wiped out by increases from other industries, with coal on top.
Is the country being served a burning ozzie coockie from its own platter?
This kind of thinking won’t lead to any solution. Since everything is connected. And Oh, yes, of course, I can’t prove these fires are a result of climate change. But let’s assume they are since the world is burning and why are children and adults suddenly setting Australia on fire with matches only this year and not at this massive scale before? Maybe because its much dryer?
The fires lead to many posts on social media causing temporarily more public attention and awareness in Australia and the world. It will re-ignite and spark discussions about climate change and global warming. Sorry for the metaphors.
When the flames have stopped raging, politicians will do some promises when they are back from their holidays, some heads will roll, and not much will fundamentally change. Or will it?
It is time to cut the crap. We need to start looking at what is at the core of it all. And act. Or are we too late?
The carbon and energy cartels put politicians in place that make laws and policies to protect their interests that are slowly and surely destroying our resources, creating a seemingly irreversible disbalance in our eco systems.
It looks like Koyaanskatchi has started. The Indian prophesy of the Western world ending in catastrophes, chaos and decline.
Humanity is left with the task to perform nothing less than miracles. It is a change on system level we need in this world, and the good news is that this has already started.
Here are 3 radical solutions that are part of our worldwide movement of decentralization and the rise of awareness that will bring energy back in the hands of the people and ultimately can help restore the balance in our world on fire. And you can help a hand.
They might look like a drop in the ocean, but many drops can cease the inflammation of our planet.
Breaking down the cartel of the energy industry
The first most imminent solution is changing the structure of the energy industry. The cartel of energy worked for a long time in the shade, out of sight of the public eye. Its devastating power is not visible for the world. The light of the fires in Australia, all the media attention, will draw millions of people to the core causes.
It will lift the veil of a corrupted structure that only benefits some CEOs and middlemen in an industry that laughs about ‘sustainability’ targets.
Their main role is to sustain structures that deploy our earth from resources and to make the audience look the other way by colluding with other cartels like the media and financial institutions.
Do you know that the biggest car producer in the world, Volkswagen is 17% owned by the Qatar Investment Authority? The vice-chairman of the Qatar Investment Authority even has a seat on Volkswagen’s supervisory board. The same in the US with GM and Ford. The dominant shareholders in these companies are major Wall Street funds whose holdings in the energy sector, including major oil companies, typically far exceed their shares in the auto industry.
These kinds of structures I am talking about, the top of the Carbon pyramid taking care that oil will keep on flowing since these companies will choose diesel and gasoline driven cars over green solutions like methanol. The owners of the biggest U.S. car companies shake hands with the oil cartels behind a curtain of political promises of a green future.
The result of all this; Green cars could have been there already for decades. And probably free energy too. But looking back is like trying to remove the salt from the dead sea. The question is what we can do now.
First, there is anger. The sentiment I catch on social media is that ‘the responsible people’ must be punished. The prime minister of Australia goes to Hawaii on holiday while his country is on fire. Maybe he couldn’t stand the political heat? His head might roll. But he can be replaced easily with the help of the invisible mighty oily hand from Abu Dhabi, Qatar or UAE. Or what about the largest Middle East oil economy; Saudi Arabia. They don’t want a green prime-minister in Australia.
This is what the department of foreign affairs and trade of Australia has to say about its warm ties with the Saudi’s;
Saudi Arabia is an important trading partner in the Middle East region for Australia. There is significant potential for economic ties to grow, given areas of complementarity in agriculture, mining services, education and construction.
Yeah, let’s mine happily together, or watch this video to have a laugh at it all
My aim is not to focus on what’s wrong, but to present a possible solution that can be acted upon immediately. The first solution is the immediate reform of that energy industry.
Energy can be brought in the hands of the people.
Decentralized energy grids are part of the solution. Especially in countries like Australia with the abundance of sunlight.
When the powerful pyramids of energy keep us in a fossil fuel hijack, we need to start to built alternative infrastructure that does not depend on that anymore.
And that doesn’t stop with buying the latest Tesla.
This is a change on the level of infrastructure.
For this, the infrastructure of the local and national energy grids will have to change. A huge operation, but inevitable in the light of the recent events. And we need to start building the future somewhere.
To break it down; The big energy companies of countries have built the networks for electricity, the cables in the air and in the ground. Electricity once was for the commons, but due to huge waves of privatization, companies now deliver our electricity. It is nothing but fair that we pay more than the cost price of the energy, for the companies to earn back the investment in infrastructure for example. These have been massive costs.
These companies have formed cartels, and cartels make price agreements. OPEC decides on the price, not the market. The cost of energy should go down since the grids have been paid off by now, but instead, they continue to rise. Also, only a small percentage of the energy delivered to us is ‘green’. Similar to the car industry, the energy industry is partly owned by Investment groups whose members wear white dresses and come from the middle east.
But there is a way out of this.
Decentralized energy platforms are buying part of the old infrastructure, and are creating new ones where possible on a small experimental scale. Energy usage is put on a transparent blockchain, and traded for tokens, energy tokens. It is made easier to put surplus energy back on the grid, and earn tokens.
In their first countrywide project, the Estonian energy grid has been completely tokenized by WePower using the Ethereum smart contract-based blockchain.
This is what they are offering in Australia right now; Companies can now use Power Purchase Agreements to buy green energy directly from producers on the WePower blockchain. This leads to fixed stable electricity prices at highly competitive energy rates.
By tokenising renewable energy and putting it onto a blockchain, WePower is making that power tradeable and accessible to anyone. And it’s giving people more control. In effect, people taking contracts on WePower become their own energy traders, substituting for the role utilities play in buying and selling power on our behalf.
Further in the future, a household in Sydney, on a sunny day, can exchange their surplus energy coming from solar panels to a family in cloudy Melbourne. Peer to peer. No middlemen to take a piece of that pie. No company making it very expensive to put the energy back on the grid, and making that exchange impossible. Everybody wins in this scenario, some CEO’s and Sheiks lose. Bad Luck
What would you choose?
Carbon emissions on a blockchain
Already on 1997 carbon credits have been invented following the Kyoto protocol to act as an incentive for business to implement carbon-friendly operational practices, with the goal to balance the world’s carbon footprint.
It has become a 52-billion market and how great the initial idea and intentions have been, Carbon Credits really living its potential has been widely sabotaged by centralization. It has evolved to become limited by intermediaries.
Due to the current hijack of carbon credits by the gatekeepers of today, up to 85% of the potential value in carbon credit trading remains unrealized.
A very critical measure to solve this is putting these credits on a public, transparent and unchangeable blockchain. This will take away the main 2 reasons this initiative isn’t working; The difficult access to these Carbon Credits due to centralization and the lack of transparency around the credits.
One of the main advantages of a public blockchain is its transparency, and the other is the cutting away of expensive middlemen.
The good news is, one public blockchain for carbon credits already exists and it is called The Carbon Grid Protocol. Their aim:
Our ultimate goal is to promote the widespread adoption of carbon credits in blockchain as a valuable and readily tradable asset class.
The one thing this solution needs most is public awareness. Articles like this one, solution-driven media coverage instead of collective punishment of people that created this mess. That will solve nothing when the system that allowed them to earn on the global warming disaster won’t change bottom-up.
Change the control paradigm
The Aborigines of Australia use a very intelligent way to hunt and take care of the land; fire-stick farming. Putting blocks of their land on fire, so the animals would flee to these parts where the indigenous folks of Australia can hunt and kill them. But only as much as they need. The burned parts will regenerate. A system in tune with the earth. Taking only what is needed and at the same time caring for the planet.
Quite to the opposite of what our Western culture has been doing the last centuries.
We need to ‘control’ those whimsical forces of nature, and exploit mother nature till we realize that we can’t eat money.
In this respect, in the same line of thinking, there is no ONE solution to the PROBLEM. We start to see more and more that we, humans, are the big problem. But we also carry the solution, that’s the beauty of it. Or better, the earth is teaching us.
Changing our thinking on a fundamental level is maybe the main ‘solution’ for the challenges we have thrown upon us, the earth, and all the animals that are dying with it. An estimated 1 billion animals died in Australia as a result of the fires.
For this, we need to stop placing nature outside of us. As a force to control, and to submit to our profit taking
We are made out of nature. When we hurt a tree, when we push a species into extinction, we hurt ourselves. Do you feel that increasing pain? In the last 30 years, the insect population has decreased by 75% per cent. The itchy detail here is that when all the insects go extinct, we die with them in a nasty bugpocalypse. We are only 25% away and 10 years away.
We have learned to see nature as a bunch of stuff, we have become indifferent, we have adopted natural resources as part of our ever-expanding chain or production. That chain is coming to a halt.
Our train of linear economic expansion has reached its final station. We are coming to the realization that infinite growth on a finite planet is just not possible
We are already turning our ears and hearts to the wisdom of indigenous people around the globe. They have or had wisdom that we lack, a connection to the spirit of things, to the soul of the earth. Yes, it’s a humbling process. We seem to be ‘wrong’ with our view on the planet, our greedy hands of taking and not giving anything back. It is time to give back to earth.
I have experienced this at first hand living for 6 months together with a group of Australian Aborigines in Maningrida, ArnhemLand, NT, Australia. It was incredible to witness, experience and feel the amount of responsibility these people take for their land. It was one of the reasons to write my novel ‘The Wisdom keeper’, channelling that old wisdom of the planet.
What can you do?
Buy carbon credits on a blockchain, buy green energy tokens from WePower, do everything outside of centralized pyramids of control, maintain your own garden, bring back some of the bee population, and when you can, fall in love with earth again.
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