I’m 100% for full stop on carbon emissions, but the frustrating thing is, I have heard lots of condemnation, but never any official proposals for plans. It’s always just “we have to act, we have to rethink the way we do things, and we must hold those responsible accountable.”
i mean, should we just try out one world government, so we can have some unilateral decision making? The U.S. is infuriating, because covid has taught us that politicians will put politics above speedy legislation and aid even in the face of a huge crisis.
things are obviously very bad. But here are just a couple of seemingly insurmountable problems
1. Suburbia. Maybe people who live in the city don’t fully appreciate how deeply millions of people rely on cars for providing for their families, but personally speaking, I can’t really take the electric bus to Home Depot and buy 18 sheets of drywall. Ok, you say the construction industry as a whole is Irrevocably guilty and needs to be dissolved immediately. I don’t disagree. I merely live in Texas where the opportunity is ripe, but I am trying to pivot into another field, which brings me to my next problem.
2. Global logistics. I’m trying to get into food and beverage. How do I get my supplies in a carbon free world? How do I have a wide enough customer base without relying on carbon based shipment? How do I sell my products without relying on wasteful single use packaging?
it seems like these and many other industries have to be totally rebuilt, and according to the climate report, they have to be totally halted in the meantime. But wait, we don’t have the infrastructure, or even technology, to replace any of these industries, and we won’t for years. Still, if we don’t stop now, climate catastrophe will result. Fine. But how do we do this without societal and economical collapse? Does someone have a good paper that proposes how we do this? Because bringing your own bags to Whole Foods and setting your thermostat to 80 isn’t going to cut it.