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Chris - interesting map. Being selfish, I looked at my own area. Surprised to see effect this far inland. My town is on the Columbia river. Through no intent or insight of my own, I live at a higher, hillside elevation. Better make sure the guest room is ready.
Here's a map that shows rising sea levels. It opens at 1 foot and can be adjusted to 10 feet.
For the first time ever, the EPA is on the verge of proposing federal limits on climate disrupting carbon pollution. I just sent a message to the EPA to let them know I support strong carbon pollution protections. You should too! Check it out: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id...
Here's a query for global warming solutions from The Union for Concerned Scientists that results in a bunch of solutions.
Here's their Take Action site and an article to Flood Congress with Support for Climate Action
Sorry I get long winded sometimes and my point gets lost. I if you are working on these things already? What can I and others do to help? The list is a good start. How do we get from here to there. Besides doing our own little thing around home. Is there a plan? I never said I wanted to be an individualist. Although if you were to get a half a billion individuals to do the right thing don't you think that would help the cause? I find with no plan the direction gets lost.
With computing and technology at its current level gasoline tax could be levied depending on the mpg and pollution output of the car being filled. This could be done with a camera that records the license plate to identify which kind of vehicle it is then when it's a Humve the taxes could be higher than if it were say a Prius.
Guy, you missed my point... the problems I stated ARE the ones I'm actively working on at the present time. I make bloody sure I don't aid the miscreants of our world in keeping humanity down, that's why I do not promote individual guilt trips (individual actions which do not significantly help the planet), I promote changing the system. I WAS the individual purist environmentalist (guilt-tripper) for 2-1/2 decades, I grew out of it once I understood where the problem really lays, after watching every little battle we'd win be lost a few years later, as soon as we turned our backs. If you had known me in my 20s-30s, you could have found not a single environmental flaw in my day to day behaviour, and I encouraged (through example) many others along that path... but meanwhile, more greedy social climbers were doing the exact opposite and destroying life at the systemic levels in unprecedented levels. Acting individually has been going on for several decades, it's not a new idea. The environmental movement needs to change its priorities.
The problem with winning small battles is that the rich greedies of the world pretend to be beaten, and then patiently wait 2-3-5 years, until the whatever small campaign we're doing is out of the media picture, then, behind closed doors, in secrecy, they go ahead and reverse whatever small win we had achieved. In the end, us little Davids can win any number of battles, but without cutting off Goliath's head, Goliath just keep regenerating, and growing.
Another error the environmental movement has suffered from in the past 3 decades is focusing on: "lets do it for our children". The problem with this mantra is that it delays all action to the future, and further, and further, with each generation, and nothing ever gets done. It's time we said fuck the children, let's do this now, FOR US.
I like the idea about stopping breeding. I've been suggesting that 1st children should be a tax deduction, the second should not have a tax benefit and all consequential children should be a tax liability - with a grandfather clause for existing children. For some reason no one likes that idea.
The idea for integrating business and housing is great too. That's the way cities were built before the automobile. On the east coast and in metropolises there are grocery stores within easy walking distance. City planning is horrible and they are just beginning to rethink city planning.
Campaign refinance has to change so big donations from corporations don't bid for politicians.
The reason OWS hasn't come up with a comprehensive list is because there are so many things that are wrong that it would be easier to say what's right.
You have a good list TN666.
I know the problems. I can give you the list that's a mile long. I understand how to fix them if I had unlimited resources and could be world dictator... I do not have unlimited resources and I am not dictator of the world. If you have the resources and are world dictator whats keeping you?
Sitting back and restating the problems to the choir is what keeps things from getting done. It provides no solutions to the problem. You cant move a mountain by yelling at it. You need a shovel and if you can get 10,000 shovels it moves much faster. How about starting an ad campaign? To Boycott items with excessive packaging.
If you looked at the occupy movement you saw the corporations start to shake a little they explained it off as a bunch of nuts because they had no plan, little direction, and tried to point out too many things and very large bites. If you could rally that number of people with a good plan and a few targeted points. You have a better chance of getting your point across to the general public and that's how you get more shovels to work with you. You also need to make it easy for the first bites to go down for the general public or they will never take them.
Atheist of all people should understand how people react to large change. Faither leaders understand how to move people slowly and painlessly. Look where they take them all the way to drinking the Koolaid and killing their own children... They are moving nations. 40 years ago faithers had very little power look at them now.
I am not thinking small I am thinking very large. I see the internet as a very powerful tool. A few people with the proper message can get the masses to move mountains. The catch is the masses need to consume your message. Threatening to turn their world upside down over night and create huge uncertainty turns them off and you will never be heard.
Small bites... is exactly the reason nothing ever gets fixed on this planet. Corporate goons are not taking small bites, governments are not acting on small bites. Both of them have guilt tripped citizens into staying small. Them forcing you to think small is THEIR victory.
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