“This 120” is a new, month-by-month blog on humanity’s attempted turnaround of the global climate crisis. Will humanity secure a safe and flourishing future by stopping the relentless rise in atmospheric CO2 in the next 120 months? By the end of this decade? Or will such goals prove themselves to be too much for the collective will and intelligence of the human species? The outcome is unknown. But the lead author of This 120 Mike McGee is on the side of hope, promoting writing I’ve been reposting rising greenhouse levels online since it was 382 p It starts at the dawn of the 2020s and wraps up
As the clocks of the world roll into 2020, the urgency of a climate turnaround is heavy. Unbearably heavy.
Some basic facts.
Leaders of the countries of the world promised to do what’s needed to end the global climate crisis: end the rise of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But there’s a problem. It was the 1990s and they didn’t. the concentration of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They promised to end the That was the 1990s, starting with the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. And today the leaders sound like the problem is under control.
Global solutions haven’t worked from the top down. All the presidents, prime ministers, premiers and governors of the world have failed to do what they said they would do in the 1990s.
Since 2007, I’ve been reposting the latest level of CO2 in the atmosphere.
CO2 is ramping up. But here’s the good news. Responses are ramping up more than they have been. They are still not enough to get us on track. To get us heading in a different direction.
Okay. So they news isn’t good enough. But at least there’s reason for hope. And that is that it’s the billions of people who hold the power to make a few thousand global leaders do what’s good and right and needed. And it’s the same people who have the ingenuity to amass and scale solutions to transform a currently-impossible aspiration into reality. I’m talking about stabilization of CO2 in the atmosphere by 2030. And if not exactly then, very soon after 2030.
This is not a predication of what will happen, but an appeal to bring your best to the game. It’s an invitation to consider connecting your contributions with people and organizations through the TEEM EARTH platform.
What is the TEEM EARTH platoform? At this point, it is a concept that is starting to roll into the world via some initial prototypes. The concept is to create online and offline connections revolutionize and re-organize the way people get environmental information.
I’m particularly proud of an API that updates daily CO2 readings for the Earth’s atmosphere, both online and an automated email. This is a project I have been working on with Adam Davey (and one of his sons, Trey) at NumberLens in the UK.
Related to this, it’s cool to be collaborating with sustainability educator Dr. Rick Kool to get radio and print media to broadcast daily CO2 levels. We’re pushing to have these reports incorporated with conventional business and market updates because