What will it REALLY take for our governments to fix the global warming extinction emergency which is unfolding over the following decades?

At this very late stage of needed fossil fuel reductions, only government-enforced actions to reduce global fossil fuel use to the required 2025 global target levels can save us from a soon-arriving global warming-caused extinction nightmare. 

(This new blog article has been sent to the boards of directors and executive management at the world's most prominent environmental organizations educating about global warming (Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for the FutureSunrise Movement, 350.org, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club Foundation, National Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, Worldwide Fund for Nature, and The Earth Day Network to name but a few.)

This article contains vital global warming strategic information and a sobering message for both our environmental organizations as well as key global warming activists like Greta Thunberg, Al Gore, Bill McKibben, etc. This article also contains important COVID-19 and global warming insights in a section called, "If we continue to fail to resolve the global emergency, the last chance "blessing" of the COVID-19 global pandemic is that it may help save us from global warming extinction despite ourselves!")  

Illustration by Jean Arnold

COVID-19 pandemic update of 4.16.2020: relevant to this global warming strategy article:

There are vital lessons from the disaster of the COVID-19 pandemic that directly relate to our global warming emergency. With COVID-19, we did not listen to the science and research, and we failed to prepare for what was an inevitability.

We are once again doing the same thing with the global warming emergency. This will, unfortunately, have far worse consequences than COVID-19 on the world's economic, social, and political systems.

In one way, COVID-19 should be seen as a "blessing" to the global warming eduction movements. It has caused a radical drop in global fossil fuel use --- precisely what was needed to have any realistic hope of reaching our last chance 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets.

Mother nature has jump-started what we were not able to do over the last 35 years, and now we must find a way to use this COVID-19 radical drop in fossil fuel use and its important momentum to continue forward to meet the critical 2025 targets.

If we are to save the future and prevent a global warming caused mass extinction event that will make the current suffering of the COVID-19 global pandemic look like a day at the beach, the strategic steps of the following article must be implemented by our largest environmental organizations.

Introduction

It does not come as a shock to most individuals and organizations that understand global warming to hear that our governments are not doing anything even close to the needed fossil fuel reductions and actions that would save us from our current global warming emergency. Global fossil fuel use has not been reduced to anything even close to where we should be in part, because our governments have consistently ignored 35 years of valid and dire scientific warnings.

Our fossil fuel heavily-lobbied governments have repeatedly been the leading and primary source of:

a. grossly underestimated global warming consequence severity estimates and timetables, and

b. grossly underestimated global fossil fuel reduction targets.

With the above statements in a and b above being proven accurate within the documentation of the above links, the key question for humanity's global warming future now becomes:

"What will it take to get the governments of the world to finally enact the real global fossil fuel reductions needed to end the escalating global warming nightmare?"

If we do not answer this question correctly and soon, there will be no livable future for any of us. 

Two realistic solution and strategy scenarios are presented in this article to answer the above "what will it take" question. The most straightforward strategic solution is found in Scenario One below. It is easier to do and digest because it does not have to come into being because of the increasing global warming consequence catastrophes found in Scenario Two.

Scenario Two will be very painful precisely because of the unconscionable mass suffering and death that will have to be endured if we have to wait for the Scenario Two global warming solution to naturally unfold. 

Scenario One: How to get a large portion of the national and global population protesting on the global warming emergency at the same time to finally get our politicians to act! 

Scenario one is not only possible but it is critical due to the urgency of this emergency. Scenario One has two important parts:

Part 1. Scenario one starts with us, the world's environmental organizations, global warming activists, (like Greta Thunberg, Al Gore, Bill McKibben etc,) and our politicians solidly understanding that we must reduce all global fossil fuel use by 75% by 2025. Yes, you read that right, 75% is the needed number!

The current global fossil fuel reduction numbers that we have been given by our governments are WAY, way OFF and horribly wrong. We as individuals (as well as the world's environmental organizations,) first need to understand that we have been systemically and continually deceived by the fossil fuel industry's lobbied government authorities!

Our government authorities have cleverly hidden or muddled the real global fossil fuel use reduction targets by continuing to release new, different and still grossly incorrect reduction targets.

This wrong global fossil fuel reduction target issue is not a small matter. If we do not meet the real 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets, we are in a life and death extinction emergency. This is because if we fail to reach these targets, we will rapidly go over four extinction-evoking global warming tipping points explained in detail along with this extinction process's critical dates here.

You do not have to take our word that you have been systematically and continually deceived by well-financed national and international fossil fuel vested interests buying our politicians. You do not have to believe that this situation is much like the endless lies by the cigarette companies concerning the dangers of their products allowed by previous politicians for decades. You can read precisely how the "trusted" global warming authorities and our governments have "cooked" the fossil fuel global reduction numbers with shameless accounting tricks and omissions to benefit the fossil fuel industry here. 

Once you have read the above "cooked books" link, next if you have not done so already, please read the critical details of the real 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets here. By the time you have read these two documents above, and about the four extinction-evoking global warming tipping points here, you should have no remaining reasonable doubt about:

1. the extinction-level seriousness of the global warming emergency,

2. how far away we are from fixing it, and

3. why what you are about to read the next part of Scenario One that is absolutely necessary for our success!

Part 2. Because of what you have just read, (especially about these four extinction-evoking and soon-arriving tipping points,) you now know why it is critical to get a large portion of humanity (from about 4-10%) into the streets protesting and demanding that our politicians immediately make the required 2025 global fossil fuel reductions to save us before it is too late. These massive public protests are needed because only government-driven and government-enforced actions will be able to make the changes in time to save us! (This urgency is also in part, due to our have having ignored 35 years of neglecting valid scientific warnings squandering the time during which we could have made the required reductions more gradually and easily.)

If we do not get large numbers of protesters into the street now, there is literally no chance we can not go over these 4 major tipping points.  If we go over these tipping points, there is no realistic way remaining to save humanity from a rapidly unfolding mass extinction event occurring over the next 30-50 years.

The really, really bad news here is that --- we have only six years left to prevent the coming mass extinction event by reducing global fossil use by 75% by 2025!  (Here are the multiple actions that our governments need to enact immediately to reach the 2025 targets.)

You are probably wondering, how can we get more individuals and the biggest environmental groups to help us get up to 10% of the world's population into the streets protesting and demanding political action at the same time. 

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  • nicolas goixart
    commented 2020-03-08 06:40:57 -0700
    Hi gentlemen,
    I am trying to raise awareness about Climate change and other societal trends in my You tube channel.
    I would really appreciate if you can give me your thoughts about my videos and if you think they could have an impact, do not hesitate to share them in the community.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-VDzitGTtY
  • Lawrence Wollersheim
    commented 2020-03-05 11:50:40 -0800
    Dear Michael,

    Thank you for your kind comments and evaluation of the fossil fuel reduction process we are proposing. How to get everyone together and started is the remaining issue as you have said.

    At this point, I have to leave it to the far bigger environmental groups and trust their members will see our article and hound their executives until they act. There is also a bit of faith and trust involved here as well. I and our organization have done everything we can within our resources.

    I have faith that other rational individuals will stand up and I trust the deep processes of evolution that always find a way to take every situation and evolve some good out of it.

    Best,

    Lawrence Wollersheim
    Executive Director at Job One for Humanity
  • michael dietrick md
    commented 2020-03-01 13:50:37 -0800
    Hi Lawrence, and Peter. Good co-incidence to meet you both here.

    Lawrence, your article is rich and impressive. Peter, of course you know I agree with your position on a carbon fee and dividend.

    I, myself, have thought long and hard about how to achieve the activation of souls necessary to “bring it to the streets” in a successful way, but I must admit, I would have to follow the leader. I do agree with your process and your conclusions, Lawrence.

    How, in fact, do “we” get the groups into the same “room” at the same time, for the necessary summit? The clock is a star on TicTok. That’s a real question.

    Best,

    Michael Dietrick
  • Lawrence Wollersheim
    commented 2020-02-28 14:19:34 -0800
    Dear Peter,

    Thank you for your insightful comment. We believe that enacting a Fee and Dividend program is the first thing that should be done after a global warming extinction emergency is declared by all of the world’s nations. We believe that until our politicians truly grasp the dire nature of our situation, little will get done on the many best actions to global reduce fossil fuel use.

    We strongly believe you first have to call a thing what it really is before you can fix it!

    Sincerely,

    The Job One for Humanity team
  • peter joseph
    commented 2020-02-28 14:06:13 -0800
    Burying the lead: Glad to see carbon fee and dividend in there, but it should be number one. Nothing works while fossil fuels remain artificially “cheap.” Everyone working on all the other measures should be clamoring for this because getting the MONEY right is foundational! You could have directed the reader to the organization most pushing for this, Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
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