I created a Google alert for climate change several years ago. Generally I am not able to open it much being deluged by so many email mostly newsletters. Since the 1970s I have been writing in my diaries about dehumanization of mankind and how our hunger for being richer and possessing bigger, better, faster everything was leading us to our doom.
Today I opened my Google alert and found that ‘Global Environmental Change’, which is edited by Professor Declan Conway and administered from the London School of Economics and Political Science, has been ranked as the highest impact journal in the environmental sciences, according to new figures published by Elsevier : http://about.elsevier.com/impactfactor/assets2014/author-webpage-5102638.html?sf4125879=1
Found another interesting paper: 97% of climate science and peer-reviewed research agree on human-caused global warming http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/jun/24/why-we-care-about-global-warming-consensus
Three distinct studies using four different methods have independently shown that the expert consensus on human-caused global warming is 97 ± 1%. The result is the same whether we ask the experts’ opinions, look at their public reports and statements, or examine their peer-reviewed science. Even studies that quibble about the precise percentage have accidentally reinforced the 97 ± 1% consensus.
The evidence is crystal clear that humans are the main cause of the current global warming, and the expert consensus reflects the strength of that body of evidence. It’s not easy to convince 97% of scientific experts about anything – that requires some powerful scientific evidence.
Basically most of the research recommend action plans which are generally based upon more efficient ways of generating energy, green houses, electric cars, gradual reduction of carbon emissions from manufacturing sectors, etc.
Most of these recommendations accept the present socio-economic-techno framework of our societies and have made prescriptions on an incremental basis. All of us are terribly trapped in our present high energy intensive comfort levels. Hence no one can talk of diametrically opposite solutions which would be too shocking to most as we all are prisoners of the exciting technological toys which are integral part of our lives.
Time has come for radical solutions which might appear insane at first. But the truth is that unless we rewind our civilization considerably and revert back to very low energy intensive lives at the earliest, then the race to save the planet would be lost.
We need to urgently address these issues in a holistic fashion and evolve a New Grammar of Living (NGL). The basic tenets and building blocks of the New Grammar of Living are:
1. Green living:
o Reducing use of and dependence on high energy
o Adopting solar energy, CFCs, LEDs
o Planting trees
o Organic food
o Minimum and only essential use of air conditioning
o Conserving water
o Ecological balance
o Rain water harvesting
2. Simpler and wholesome lifestyles
o Reducing materialistic and consumer lifestyles
o Yoga as way of life: meditation and pranayam
o Return to pastoral lifestyles
o Spiritualism and mysticism
o Back to nature
o Stop mindless production of cars, etc
o Scaling down high polluting industries
4. Evolving new economic structures
o Creating massive employment in green activities such as agriculture, agro based industries, education…
o Limiting growth of large cities
o Creation of sustainable self sufficient economic communities
o Poverty alleviation
o Limits on wealth accumulation.
The above is just a brief incomplete outline of a rigorous New Grammar of Living which will be published in the next six months. We need more people to support a movement like NGL. Will be grateful if like minded people get in touch to take NGL to its rightful place. In a sense we have to unlearn all that we are used to and like intrepid travelers we have to take first steps in a long long journey which will help us to curb climate change at the earliest.