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datetimelong - 4 Jahre, 8 Monate her - Gemeinschaften (EN) - GEN Europe (englisch)
As December's world climate conference in Paris is fast approaching, is it not high time that we considered pushing more explicitly for system change, shifting to a new paradigm so that humanity can survive? This coming summit of world leaders in Paris will attempt once again to obtain the elusive global consensus on dealing with carbon emissions we all so desperately need. It needs to be clear that the majority of us will not accept more indecisive leadership on climate. The global ecovillage movement has demonstrated that it has functional solutions for global co-existence showcased on six continents for decades. We have already “solved” the climate issue and made significant steps to living within the other eight planetary boundaries. Four of these boundaries for ecosystem stability are irreversibly crossed, driving the Earth System into a much less hospitable state. We can meet all these challenges and all live better, happier if we, the human race, shift now to the lifestyle that remains within what the Earth's ecosystem services can support. However, our solutions, our existing models of for planetary survival remain invisible, undetected by the powers that be. Thanks to corporate-financed disinformation of climate change denialism and poor political leadership we are entering a situation where our society as we know it cannot continue. We are currently on the IPCC's Representative Concentration Pathway 8.5 which takes us up 3.2 to 5.4 degrees Celsius by 2100. That means we are headed towards an average 4 degrees warmer global temperature. As Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) said, "the difference between two and four degrees is human civilization". There is about a 19 percent probability that the human species will go extinct before the end of the century according to global risk experts surveyed by the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. Apparently we need to take a sharper tone, and be clearer about available and realistic choices. Most people want to believe green-washed half-measures that do not demand leaving our comfort zones are sufficient. Or waiting passively for spectacular techno-fix solutions of geo-engineering that do not exist. These are simply not realistic. Ecovillages and urban transition neighbourhoods need to be clearer that there is no comfortable quick-fix to transform our oil-dependent globalised conventional economy into something sustainable. We need to ask all those around us to just take action wherever they are, and join us in shifting away from overconsumption and overworking and start living for personal and global wellbeing with a deeper respect for all life on the planet.
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