I’m greatly inspired, almost teary-eyed at the recent announcements from Pope Francis on climate change in his encyclical. If feels wonderful that such concern for our sister/mother planet earth, the poor and our combined humanity is coming from a public figure. After reading several posts on him I feel inspired to present my ideas on the situation.
So what does planet Venus have to do with Pope Francis and climate change? Glad you asked. 😀
Many people have thought of Venus as our sister planet because it is the closest to Earth both in orbit and relative size. The only thing about Venus is it is close to a thousand degrees and all of the water has boiled away into space with caustic clouds swirling around in the atmosphere – kind of a run away greenhouse effect on steroids.
So whats the difference here between Earth and Venus? On an emotional and spiritual level it is life, but more than that it is love. It is conditions that took many, many, many, years to form and like a fine old wine once opened my never be the same again.
My dad used to talk about “run away greenhouse effect” where conditions reach a certain tipping point and then cause a movement to a new type of reaction where things suddenly start going quickly up in temperature. Permafrost melts releasing methane causing more warming, ocean temperature rises, limestone dissolves,… I think this is the kind of thing we want to avoid and hope theories remain nothing that is proven practically. I would rather not see too much of a family resemblance between sister Earth and sister Venus. 😉
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
So if we really want to clean up our environment and health, both individually and planet wide what’s the prognosis?
The Good: Solar power and geothermal can provide clean energy and help clean up the air. Geothermal could be done to provide heat and power in smaller neighborhood grids. Electric cars run from solar and geothermal can be used for short trips without additional infrastructure support and battery technologies are improving. Worker owned cooperatives could be instrumental in adopting these things and providing new jobs and cash flow into depressed areas.
The Bad: Fossil fuel technologies pollute the air, water, and poison countless species and individuals through spills and externalities, possibly causing additional earthquakes from ground cavity formation, and climate change. Our collective health care bill grows larger from it. Despite it being a finite resource it shows little chance of running out before destroying our environment and health.
The Ugly: The 80 or so people who profit enormously from it have little incentive to retool into something more environmentally friendly and possibly not as lucrative. Look at it from their point of view, they may need all that cash to save themselves from the possible resulting zombie apocalypse. 😀
The Economics of Change
Changing things around is really what we need to do. If we can do things more efficiently without pollution it should always be encouraged. We should be using the worlds resources to fix these very fundamental issues and by doing so we can open up a new abundance for all the worlds people IMHO. For more specific recommendations on how to improve the economy and thus help pave the way for the adopting cleaner technologies please see this post: The True Cost of Economic Inequity
I think this is a great call to action by Pope Francis and I hope many people will feel the same.
As usual this blog is just my heart felt opinion and any facts should be independently verified.