This article is here to help improve and put into a more balanced and healthier perspective any sad, angry, or other negative feelings you might have about the conditions of our global warming emergency. Most of all this page was designed to help you see all of the great things that will happen as we work toward as well as achieve our new future without the threats and consequences of accelerating climate change and global warming looming over our heads.
We have discovered that regular review of this benefits list was critical to keeping our staff and volunteers from worrying too much about how bad things are currently. The regular review of this list has successfully kept our staff maintaining their motivation and staying on-mission for over 12 years.
Below you will find the many benefits and even some dark benefits and "silver linings" of the climate change and global warming emergency. We hope that you will regularly review the following benefits list to keep your emotional balance, motivation, and spirits up throughout the long and challenging global warming resolution process ahead of us.
The benefits list below envisions the many evolutionary benefits that are possible as we work cooperatively toward resolving the global warming emergency. The last part of the benefits list even covers the unexpected benefits if we fail to work together successfully and resolve the global warming emergency.
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The benefits we will experience while both working toward and by achieving the critical 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets:
Global Warming Benefit 1 - A beautiful world and having any livable future that we get --- if we make the right choices fossil fuel reduction choices
Imagine a world with clean, fresh air that did not kill us or make our children ill. Imagine a world of new livelihoods and lifestyles where former fossil fuel workers transform our transportation system. Imagine them building fast, green bullet trains and expanding universal access to self-driving electric vehicles eliminating the need for most private transportation and parking lots.
Now imagine existing parking lots and the roofs of our many buildings becoming organic gardens or parks or, solar panel farms. Imagine our cities transformed into safe and healthy places and healthy forests, soils, waterways, and oceans again helping to clean our air and water and feed us sustainably.
Imagine we make the right 2025 global fossil fuel reduction target choices, and in doing this, we also become good stewards of the world and our futures.
And finally, imagine that we have preserved the hope for both ourselves and for future generations that life will go on and that the quality of our lives will get better. By acting responsibly now we get to experience and preserve for ourselves and future generations the opportunity to survive and thrive and experience a sustainable prosperity.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 2 - When we resolve the single greatest disruptor and threat multiplier of the 21st century (accelerating global warming,) we will be simultaneously reducing many of the negative consequences of the world's 12 other critical systemic challenges.
Here is a brief listing of these other 12 critical global challenges:
Global Challenge 1: Resolving the current COVID-19 global pandemic,
Global Challenge 2: increasing global economic instabilities,
Global Challenge 3: ever-rising over-population,
Global Challenge 4: rising global resource depletion,
Global Challenge 5: escalating pollution of lands, air, and waters.
Global Challenge 6: loss of biodiversity,
Global Challenge 7: growing economic inequality, social and racial injustice, hunger, and poverty.
Global Challenge 8: escalating regional and international terrorism, conflicts, and war,
Global Challenge 9: Mass migrations,
Global Challenge 10: New COVID-19 like pandemics and other new and old disease epidemics, will likely occur every decade.
Global Challenge 11: increasing political instability and collapsing governments, and
Global Challenge 12: Our failure to evolve effective global governance.
As we resolve global warming, we will also be making most of the world's 12 critical global challenges (above) far, far easier to resolve!
Most of our best social, economic, and political values, goals, and human rights will also become far easier and more probable to achieve once we get our accelerating global warming emergency resolved. (Those values, goals and human rights are shown in the Sustainable Development illustration below)
We can build a new world of far greater peace and security!
Said in a slightly different way, here are just a few of the potential evolutionary changes in values, goals, and processes that will be far easier to improve or make once accelerating global warming is under control. We will be better able to:
1. end racial and educational justice,
2. create universal healthcare,
3. end wealth and income equity,
4. create housing and employment equity,
5. reduce our destructive consume/pollute/waste consumerism,
6. end critical resource depletion and create resource rebalancing,
7. allow for the return and strengthening of biodiversity because of reduced pollution and encroachment into natural habitats,
8. create the next evolutionary economic fair exchange system beyond our current corporate greed-based capitalism. This new economic system will not rely upon the false fundamental principle of unlimited growth within the closed and limited Earth system. And,
9. create effective global governance based on the collective wellbeing of all planetary citizens vs. our current corporatocracy for the benefit of a wealthy few that we have now. (To begin to repair corporatocracy we would need to remove all personhood rights from corporations, hold them strictly responsible to the principles of the triple bottom line and make them pay for all pollution and harm they have caused exporting their waste and pollution upon the public commons.)
All of the previous items will help build a sustainable prosperity and a just and equitable future for ALL of humanity, including all of the biological life which also sustains us. All of the above things can help create a global civil society with individual human rights and responsibilities held in appropriate balance with community and government rights and responsibilities. (To learn more about the many new principles of the sustainable prosperity of the future, click here.)
Before reading on, please take a moment and visualize how much better your life and our world will be when all of the beautiful values and goals listed below are improved and achieved! (To see the expanded details on the 12 other critical global challenges we must face and resolve to have a future, click here.)
Resolving global warming will allow us to make continuing progress on addressing all of the world's 12 other critical systemic challenges! On the other hand, if we do not get global warming emergency resolved, and the climate continues to de-stabilize at the current rate, there will be no practical way to fix the 12 other global challenges or to make continued progress on or ever realize most of the above Sustainable Prosperity and Development values, goals, and human rights. (To see a detailed and expanded description of each of humanity's other 12 critical global challenges to better understand how important it is for us to manage our global warming emergency, click here.)
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 3 - We are intelligent and adaptive beings and we are able to resolve or adapt to almost anything. As we fully engage with ending the global warming emergency and the climate re-stabilization process (using the Job One for Humanity Plan), we will also be continuing to advance the natural foundation for a long-term Sustainable Prosperity for everyone.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 4 - Despite the escalating threats before us, we can still fully enjoy our normal daily lives for quite a while longer (depending on our current location,) as we work together to resolve the many challenges of the rapidly escalating global warming emergency.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 5 - We do not have to "polarize to mobilize" because ultimately, we are all in the same boat when it comes to the global warming emergency and the other 12 global challenges we now all now face. We can only do this together!
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 6 - We can trust 13.8 billion years of evolutionary progress, success, and momentum to help get us through this emergency and adaptive challenge.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 7 - In resolving this emergency, we will be forced to pilot new and more effective models of global governance. In fact, we will have to evolve some effective form of global governance with legislative, executive, and judicial powers or we will not be able to solve global warming in time.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 8 - By being forced toward a sustainable future to survive, we create hundreds of millions of new, well paid green energy generation and transition jobs.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 9 - Resolving the global warming emergency while the world's 12 other critical systemic challenges are also getting worse will be extremely difficult. Working through the challenges of this evolutionary adventure will be equally or even more rewarding not only in having a safer and healthier world but also in increasing the overall meaning and purpose we bring to our lives.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 10 - We still have time to get prepared and adapt, and to build global warming emergency reserves and resilience into our local and international preparedness systems. Click here for how to do this.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 11 - There will be positive climate wildcards that will benefit some parts of the world, at least temporarily. Some of those wildcards might also be in the form of new technologies that could help us dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage and radically increase green energy generation and consumption.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 12 - Ongoing scientific research on accelerating global warming and our destabilizing climate are now more effectively warning all rational individuals about the great global warming challenge and extinction emergency before us.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 13 - Our near out of meaningful control global warming will inevitably force us into new levels of local, national, and international climate cooperation.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 14 - Without a doubt, accelerating global warming is the single greatest collective adaptive challenge and evolutionary adventure in human history. As the single greatest "exterior" global threat and disruptor humanity has ever faced, it will force us to transform and grow in global cooperation, evolutionary maturity, and as one human family.
Seen from this transformational perspective, our global warming emergency may also become the greatest opportunity in human history for intentional, well reasoned social, economic, and political evolutionary growth. If humanity wants to survive this emergency, it will force humanity to live far more sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 15 - it is your privilege, honor, and responsibility should you choose to accept it, to be a part of the forward-thinking team and movement to help prepare and adapt as well as to save and salvage whatever we can, while we are also doing every we can to slow down the ongoing and near-unavoidable mass extinction event, while at the same time we work tirelessly toward preventing a total extinction event. It is hard to imagine a more meaningful, exciting, and wise way to protect yourself, family, and future generations while living out as comfortably as possible whatever years you may have left.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 16 - Although it will take centuries or thousands of years, once we do stop adding new carbon and methane pollution to our atmosphere each year, we can eventually establish a new and stable global average temperature and climate.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 17 - In order to create the best possible outcome for ourselves and those we love, we are still able to squarely face this emergency and prepare for and adapt to it. If we start immediately, and we work together using an effective, prioritized plan like the one we have created called the Job One for Humanity Plan, many of us will still survive and thrive the many now unavoidable global warming consequences. (Click here for how to get started on the just upgraded Job One Plan to protect you and your loved ones, and start making the best of our difficult global warming emergency!)
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 18 - The unbalanced power of global corporations will have to come back into balance. Corporations like the fossil fuel industry currently wield too much control over our politicians over the interests of our collective wellbeing. We can not solve the global warming emergency unless we begin acting for the public well being and reducing the influence and lobbying powers of the corporations over our governments. Addressing and fixing the global warming sub-step will also help do much to help resolve the world's 12 other critical systemic global challenges.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 19 - Evolution teaches through pain, loss, stress, and discomfort. Modern society has become obsessed with convenience, comfort, consumption, and waste. The world is now moving in the wrong direction when you view the global systemic challenges it now faces.
The mess we have put ourselves in with global warming and the other 12 global challenges is going to cause us a lot of now unavoidable pain, loss, stress, and discomfort until we adapt and make the needed changes. If we do not adapt, we will die off as a species. We will adapt because "almost all people change when the pain going forward is less than the pain of staying where they are."
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 20 - There are unique spiritual, purpose, meaning, and character-building benefits for individuals and faith communities in dealing with this global warming emergency and forwarding the climate re-stabilization and re-balancing process. The fact that with accelerating global warming we are truly facing mass to total extinction within our lifetimes will likely serve as a catalyst to bring many individuals closer to the Great Mystery and origin of life.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 21 - Because we cannot eliminate all of the coming pain, suffering, and death due to global warming's many unavoidable consequences, we can at least still work together and build more and better relationships to effectively slow and MINIMIZE them. This will allow us to save and salvage as much as we can so that more us survive longer and better.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 22 - We now face herculean challenges and unavoidable chains of catastrophes from the global warming emergency as well as the world's 12 other critical systemic challenges. This will cause many individuals to re-examing their lives, lifestyles, and livelihoods. These chains of catastrophes will be powerful catalysts for change that may not have occurred if we were not so challenged!
When deeply understood these catastrophes will create life-changing and life-empowering moments of metanoia (in most of its wonderful meanings here,) and catharsis. These catastrophes will help us and even force us to embrace new values and behaviors and take the new paths needed to ensure a better future for all.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 23 - Those of us who do survive this emergency will likely do so in part by creating new eco-communities and more sustainable towns and cities. These new eco-communities and towns and cities will be more in harmony with the natural world and become "beacons of light" and living examples that will demonstrate that some of us have learned how to live sustainably and as one human family. Hopefully, the new eco-communities will have evolved and be overseen by a cooperating and facilitating new global governance system working for the common benefit of ALL humankind, and not for just wealthy individuals or corporations or narrow national interests.
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 24 - In some ways, from the broadest possible evolutionary perspective, the global warming emergency and our other 12 systemic global challenge12 other critical systemic can be seen through the lens of being just another period of evolutionary compression and regression. Despite our great technological advances, this social, economic, and political compression caused by many new stressful challenges and what looks like a collective human maturity period of retrogression is a natural reoccurring part of our evolution where evolution seeks to reach higher levels of unity and cooperation. (For More on this evolutionary compression and regression issue click here as well as for more and expanded positive perspectives on our current emergency and global challenges.)
Climate Change and Global Warming Benefit 25 - The accelerating global warming extinction emergency is a growing, real, and legitimate emotional issue! You have every right to be sad or angry.
The global warming emergency is real because if we do not radically change our global fossil fuel burning ways to come very close to the challenging 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets, we will face a global warming mass extinction event within the next 30-50 years. But, there is good news even here.
This is because even though it may no longer be possible to avoid a mass extinction event because we have done so little over the last 35 years to fix global warming and we have crossed key tipping points, we still have time left to reduce global fossil fuel use to get as close to the 2025 targets to avoid total extinction over the next 50-70 years (Getting very close to these 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets will take nothing less than the greatest government-directed mass mobilization of resources, personnel, and actions ever attempted in human history.)
Never forget that we still can create the world in which we and future generations will love to live. We can build a new world of far greater peace and security!
To do this, first we have to get the global warming emergency resolved.
The shocking "dark benefits" or "silver linings" if we fail to reach or come very close to the critical 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets:
Benefit 1: - We can still hope that we will slow and lessen what is coming just enough so that some of humanity and civilization will survive in the global warming safe zones of the future. Instead of total extinction, we only experience mass extinction.
Benefit 2 - Not fixing the global warming emergency will resolve the global overpopulation problem as well as the global resource depletion and resource overshoot problem. Much of the world's population will perish if we miss the 2025 targets. One way or the other, mother nature will force us back to a planetary population level that the carrying capacity of the earth can support.
Benefit 3 - Our failure to fix the global warming emergency will also help resolve all of these other 12 critical global challenges. This is because an unavoidable future global warming mass extinction event will reduce the human population by as much as 70-90% over as soon as the next 30 50 years. This massive global die-off will also do much to solve global starvation, income inequality, wealth disparity, housing shortages, healthcare shortages, racial inequality, pollution, educational inequality, employment opportunity inequality, most of our current pollution and environmental issues as well as a host of society's biggest challenges as discussed here.
We will solve all of the major global problems that humanity is currently having because the global warming emergency as it is being managed now will eventually kill most if not all of humanity.
Benefit 4 - There is also a dark possibility that will allow some of us to survive. If we do not successfully cut fossil fuel use to the life-critical 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets and the COVID-19 pandemic or something else causes the world's economy to go into a severe and lasting recession or depression cutting fossil fuel use radically, Most of us will die. This mass die-off will occur in part due to soaring food prices, massive crop failures, mass starvation, and the many other consequences and chaos linked to and caused by rapidly soaring global warming temperatures.
As billions die of starvation, or in migration and new resource wars or because of the 20 worst consequences of global warming occurring, fossil fuel use will drop radically in what may be the dark last resort solution and "benefit" that saves some of humanity and civilization in the end. But even if this happens, it will still take centuries to thousands of years before the average global temperature and the planet recovers from what we have done to it.
Survivors will be living a nightmare of high temperatures, extreme weather, and chains of horrible global warming-related consequences we can barely envision. (Please see this page on our out of control global warming, which explains this dark benefit in detail as well as more about the difficult and life-critical 2025 fossil global fuel use reduction targets.)
Benefit 5 - Even if we do not stop escalating global warming in time for most of humanity to survive, from a "Big Picture" evolutionary perspective, there are still many huge benefits for our remaining biological planetary life and the evolution of any surviving humanity and our universe. Other species will not have their habitat destroyed as it is now and fewer species will go extinct because we are being such poor stewards of the earth.
Benefit 6 - The benefits of destructive creation. Destructive creation is the evolutionary recycling of parts or wholes of a system or subsystem that are unable to adapt. This core meta-pattern fo evolution for breaking down and recycling allows these parts and wholes to be reused and once again to support future experiments in the evolutionary process.
The tremendous "destructive creation" of the global warming extinction emergency (its resultant catastrophes, chaos, and consequences,) further disrupting and multiplying our 12 other critical global challenges will eventually also cause the eventual structural collapse or destruction of remaining resistant and non-adaptive economic, social, and political structures. These would be the very structures that were either causing or maintaining the global warming emergency and which would not likely be removed by any other social or political means.
Once these change-resistant economic, social, and political structures have fallen, it will be far easier to envision and create something more sustainable and equitable for ALL survivors. Survivors will not likely repeat the mistakes of the past or keep using the same economic, social, and political systems that have failed them in creating both the global warming extinction emergency or the 12 other major global systemic challenges.
By allowing "destructive creation" to clear out harmful or non-adaptive social, economic, and political structures, the greatest crisis and extinction event in human history can be transformed into humanity's greatest opportunity for a bright new future. If everything goes wrong, survivors may still be able to utilize this tragedy as the perfect opportunity to make massive, needed changes for our intentional evolution.
For whoever survives, here are just a few of the potential evolutionary changes in values and processes that will be far easier to make once highly-resistant existing social, economic, and political structures have failed or collapsed:
1. reduce our destructive consume/pollute/waste consumerism,
2. end critical resource depletion and create resource rebalancing,
3. make the needed reductions in global fossil fuels use and its massive carbon pollution of our air and water (because the great starvation or massive die-off leaves so few left who need to use fossil fuels,)
4. end racial and educational justice,
5. create universal healthcare,
6. end wealth and income equity,
7. create housing and employment equity,
8. allow for the return and strengthening of biodiversity because of reduced pollution and encroachment into natural habitats,
9. create effective global governance based on the collective wellbeing of all planetary citizens vs. our current corporatocracy for the benefit of a wealthy few that we have now. (To begin to repair corporatocracy we would need to remove all personhood rights from corporations, hold them strictly responsible to the principles of the triple bottom line and make them pay for all pollution and harm they cause upon the public commons.) And,
10. create the next evolutionary economic fair exchange system beyond our current corporate greed-based capitalism. This new economic system rely upon the false fundamental principle of unlimited growth within the closed and limited Earth system.
All of the previous items will help build a sustainable prosperity and a just and equitable future for ALL of humanity, including all biological life. All of the above things can help create a global civil society with individual human rights and responsibilities held in appropriate balance with community and government rights and responsibilities. (To learn more about the principles of the sustainable prosperity of the future, click here.)
If we have a future at all, in some form, it will likely be a "post-unlimited-growth, post-capitalist and post-industrial society world. If we are lucky, this future will arrive in part by a bit of proper management by ourselves, by intentional design and in part by horrendous disasters. Our current economic models will have to change, or we will collapse as a global society. This model change is necessary because we are reaching the limits to growth within Earth's limited remaining resources.
If you notice, these post-collapse aspiring values and processes are many of the same ones that we will need to work on to prevent global collapse as well as for addressing the other 12 critical global challenges we now face. To see what is meant by this, look again at the illustration of the Sustainable Development Goals near the top of this page.
Benefit 7 -Even if humanity goes completely extinct and we somehow prevent global warming's sixth and last Climageddon phase, run-a-way global warming from occurring, nature and the unstoppable force of evolution on this planet will eventually recover from the damage we are doing and a new apex species will evolve to take our place. Who knows, it may even be our prodigy in the form of robotic artificial intelligence (AI) life forms.
It may take thousands to hundreds of thousands of years, but nature will somehow recover if we work together to prevent phase six of the Climageddon Scenario run-a-way global warming. (See the Climageddon Scenario here for the 6 phases we go through before we reach run-a-way global warming and a detailed explanation of this complex last non-human benefit.)
Click here for many more new and expanded positive perspectives on our current emergency and global challenges.
The Big Last Bonus Benefit
As you learn more about the enormity of our global warming emergency (aka the climate change emergency, climate crisis,) now unfolding within our lifetimes, you like many others may become disheartened. You may even join the millions around the world who have become legitimately depressed as they face the genuine probability of a human, animal, and biological mass extinction event occurring within a few decades.
Do not feel alone if you are feeling sad or depressed about the sometimes seemingly unsolvable problem of climate change and global warming. Psychologists and psychiatrists from all over the world also are now reporting an increasing amount of clients bringing anxiety, anger, and depression about the global warming crisis in their therapy sessions. Numerous religious and social groups also have created global warming support groups to deal with this growing issue occurring all across the world.
To help you with any lingering upset about our global warming emergency our whole staff also strongly recommends you also read the following new media article to help you see more benefits and to particularly manage any remaining anxiety, anger, or depression that one can feel once they understand how bad global warming has become. The following New Yorker Magazine media story has many unique perspectives and benefits not covered in the materials above that also will emotionally help you make it through this crisis and still find a way to have a good, purposeful and meaningful life.
(Please click here to read this fantastic article in the New Yorker magazine called, "What if we stop pretending." Read this article to the very end.)
Get started on the solution to the global warming emergency
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The core message of this website and the Job One for Humanity not-for-profit organization is simple and straightforward:
2. If we pass beyond global warming extinction-triggering tipping points, it will be because the forces of nature (the systems and subsystems of our climate, atmosphere, and ecosystems) have seized control. This loss of human control will happen because of the immutable laws of physics relating to our atmosphere's escalating fossil fuel carbon pollution levels.
3. If we fail to meet the 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets and cross the extinction-triggering tipping points within decades, there will be an unavoidable mass human die-off (as much as 70-90% of humanity.)
4. If we get our governments to act immediately to achieve the 2025 global targets using the effective fossil fuel reduction steps (described here,) we still have time to adapt, save ourselves, and thrive!
5. Global warming is the greatest disruptor of the 21st century. It is a threat mega-multiplier for our other 12 most critical global challenges.
If we allow global warming to go out of our control by missing the 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets, there is little to no hope we can control the massive escalating consequences of the world's 12 other critical challenges.
The above is all you have to remember about global warming and your future. Many of the pages on our website will show you the exact science behind these five simple statements to verify what we are saying is true.
The three most important reasons for why we must press on and meet or get as close to the 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets as is possible in spite of all the many challenges we will face
The most important reason that we must press on and meet or get very close to the 2025 targets is simple and powerful. If we do get close to the 2025 targets, as much as 50% of humanity will suffer and die due to starvation over a relatively short period (1-2 decades.) As horrible as much as 50% of humanity as well as a lot of animal and biological life suffering and dying is, this outcome is still far better than having 70-90% (or even all of humanity,) suffer and die over over the next 3-5 decades if we fail to reach or come very close to the 2025 targets.
There are three things we can always be sure of during this global warming extinction emergency. In spite of all of the challenges and adverse global warming outcomes that are possible and discussed above, the single constant truth for the best possible outcome for humanity is that; the faster and more we reduce global fossil fuel use toward meeting or getting as close as possible to the 2025 targets:
a. the more people that will survive longer to carry on humanity, life, and our beautiful civilization into the future, (See Parts 3 and 4 of the Job One Plan for how to do this.)
b. the surviving future generations will suffer far less from an ever-increasing sequence of escalating global warming consequences and catastrophes, and
c. we will "buy" ourselves more time to prepare and adapt to what we can no longer avoid, (see the global warming Plan B and survival kit here.)
More people surviving longer and more people having time to get themselves, their families, and their businesses prepared for what is coming is an undeniable good particularly when you weigh it against the unavoidable consequences of doing nothing or failure to make the needed sacrifices to get global warming under control.
Never forget, we still have some time left:
1. to make the required critical fossil fuel reductions,
2. to complete the necessary emergency preparations, and
3. to adapt to soon-arriving global warming consequences that we can no longer change.