Please consider this caveat. In this essay, whenever I use plural pronouns such as we, they, us, them, or the names of groups such as everybody, everyone, or people I am referring to all of the people on Earth.

Now let us begin the essay. The problem with global warming is that it is global. The solution depends on people, but people on different parts of the globe are different. Their cultures are different. Their religions are different. Their economies are different. Yet the solution depends on all of the people of the world working together. Is it possible that everyone can work together? Can the leaders of the nations of the world agree to work together? My answer is yes. It is possible. But our work has to go forward according to a plan. Here is the rub. There is no plan.

Let me use the following allegory to explain. Not long ago many people switched from incandescent light bulbs to florescent bulbs that are more energy efficient. Now we are replacing the florescent bulbs with LED bulbs that use even less energy. Are we acting responsibly? Are we doing the right thing? I say “yes”. Are our actions a part of an overall, far reaching plan? I say “no”.

Everyone has gone willy-nilly trying to do the right things. We can’t fault people for doing the right thing. But, the reality is that our efforts are not standardized or coordinated. If work is not standardized and coordinated the results will be weak, haphazard, and potentially counterproductive; and we will be doomed to fail. Humanity needs a plan. Humanity needs a global plan.

The mindset I want everyone to adopt is to accept that global warming is a global problem and must be solved by a global entity. Therefore the solution is to concentrate our efforts on setting up a global entity that has the authority to solve global warming. I have written a book entitled Of Population and Pollution – A Global Warming Primer. This can be found at www.ofpopulationandpollution.com. In chapter 12 of this book I have laid out my idea for such a global entity.

My action plan calls for the nations of the world to authorize a temporary global government and give that government limited powers. This is the solution we must work toward. The nations of the world will give the temporary government the powers it will need to end global warming and heal the planet. It will be no easy task to get enough nations together to create such an entity. Somehow the nations of the world will have to learn to work together.

Nations can make treaties among themselves. How many nations should get together to be the first to start? Perhaps as few as two nations can set the example and others can join in. The treaties the nations make among themselves will say that they will support and protect the temporary government and that they will not interfere with the workings of the temporary government.

The participating nations will see themselves in an oxymoronic position. Let me explain. The nations will give the temporary government the authority to solve global warming. But, the nations will have to agree that the mandate they have given to the temporary government is sacrosanct. No nation will be able to overrule the temporary government. It will be much like an employer hiring an employee then giving the employee the authority to boss the employer around. It will be weird but necessary and can be made to work.

As for us, we need to begin the process. We need to talk it up on college campuses, Rotary Clubs, in the churches and on street corners. We need to take the message to legislators and organizers. It will be a simple message: “Nations need to get together and form a temporary global authority to tell us what to do to solve global warming, and see that we do it.” When I have asked friends and family, I am usually told, “Let the United Nations do it.” Yet outworn aspects of the United Nations model, such as the Security Council veto, stand in the way of the body’s effectiveness.

My proposal for the temporary government will be made up of three parts. I have not come up with names for these parts except to call them the Alliance, the Committee of the Prominent and the Association. This government will be top down much like a business model is top down.

AllianceCommitteeOfProminentAssociation_Graphic_Draft

The Alliance will make decisions on all of the following:

  • a nonviolent, non-eugenic, humanitarian process to reduce the population;
  • a plan to dismantle all things nuclear;
  • an infrastructure of solar panels and wind turbines to end the use of fossil fuel;
  • an infrastructure of mini refineries to remove the excess carbon from the atmosphere; and
  • a gardening technique that will feed the population while crop land is being used to save the planet.

The officers of the temporary government should meet certain qualifications: (1) they should be chosen from everywhere on the globe, and (2) they must be trusted. Where will we find people who are trusted; keeping in mind that these people must be available everywhere in the world? Apart from my parents and family, the pastors of churches I have belonged to and the teachers of schools I have attended have been the most trusted people in my life. This is why I propose the science and comparative religion departments of colleges and universities worldwide as the places from which the officers of the Alliance are recruited and elected. These are the people who will devise, execute and guide us through a global plan.

See chapter 12 of my book for a way to elect officers and for more information than I have provided above. Chapter 12 is available to you here.


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  • nehmap global

    Please put initiative in context of reality. The fundamental issues raised in the article and comments are not tea party. North and South Countries in our World today MUST Reform or Perish.

    Fpor example he Design and Delivery of EUGS for Stronger Europe and Stronger World greatly depends on Implementation and Evaluation Framework that Work in each EU and African Country. built upon:-
    1. Massive Public Sensitization and Policy Reform
    2. Massive Intellectual Deployment
    3. Massive Communication for Behavior Impact and hanging Attitude and Behavior at Scale
    4. Effectively addressing both Spiritual and Physical Dimensions
    5. Effectively tackling Thinking Through Linked to Knowledge and Evaluation Supply and Demand and Capacity Building – Individual, Institution, Society Supply and Demand
    6. Effectively tackling all concerned Stakeholders Shared Vision Challenge.

    This Demand genuine effort at implementing 2030 Agenda: AAAA SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community Development Plans and Country Development Plans in each EU Country each African Country and remaining EU Partner Countries Worldwide.

    If the UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF worked there will be effective Global collective Action Platform for Global Solutions to Global Problems. If the the EU System worked, there will be effective Regional collective Action Platform for Regional Solutions to Regional Problems facing 28 EU countries.

    As long we we do not know why UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF and EU have their flaws and failures we will not know how to find sustainable solutions to real and complex 2030 Agenda: AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community Development Plans and Country Development Plans in each of the 193/306 UN Member States and so meaningfully addressing points made in the article and comments will be FLUKE or MIRAGE.

    There is urgent urgent need for Leaders in all 193/306 UN Member States; UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF and Partners Worldwide to move away from Talking and Thinking and move towards Action and Accomplishment alongside other paradigm shifts, if UK and EU on one hand and EU and Regional Partners, including Africa on the other hand are to move away from current accelerating on MADniing (Mutually Assured Destruction) Road to DOOM and move to new accelerating on MAPing (Mutually Assured Prosperity) Road to BOOM.

    http://developmentchangechampions.blogspot.com.ng/2017/10/global-push-to-achieve-sdgs-vision-and_9.html

    • Arnold J. Byron

      If I read your comment correctly, you are frustrated that frameworks and goals that various organizations have agreed must be accomplished are not being accomplished. As you say, whether we are in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, we must reform or perish. I just now read the United Nations Document entitled Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. I found that all of the goals that are set out are absolutely laudable. If these could be accomplished the world would be so much better. But it seems that nothing is being done. I have not heard on the news or read in the paper or seen on the internet where any of these goals are being brought to fruition.

      I have recently made up a bumper sticker sound bite, WILLY-NILLY VOLUNTARY. The word voluntary relates to a person who wants to help but tries to do things without instructions, direction, goals or tools. Willy-Nilly means running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Now let me say this. I think we have not seen progress on the 2030 Agenda because of Willy-Nilly Voluntary. By contrast; we all go to our daily jobs and are given a task to do. We are given the instructions, the tools and the goal. We do the work and receive a reward.

      I read the entire 2030 Agenda Document and did not see one reference to the world being overpopulated. Nor did I see any description of how, when or by whom the 2030 goals will be completed. To my mind, these are all Willy-Nilly Voluntary. If we are going to solve global warming we need an agency of some kind that will have the authority to determine what needs to be done; to order it done; to provide the tools and supplies; and to see that the job is done.

      My idea for a temporary government that is created by the nations and given limited powers to solve global warming will get the job done. I call this temporary government the Alliance. Once the Alliance is put in place it can do whatever it wants, but my hope is that the first thing the Alliance does is to call for reducing the population. I’m sorry but this will mean population control. Population control can be done in a nonviolent, non-eugenic, safe and humane way. I will explain how, later, if asked.

      Global warming is a consequence of overpopulation. To solve global warming we must reduce the population and remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. Somebody needs to give the order and set out the work.

      I would like to get comments on overpopulation.

      • nehmap global

        The Big Question is HOW???

        The MDG could have achieved much more by 2015 if HOW questions were answered in 2000 or even as late as 2007. Without knowing why MDG implementation and Evaluation had flaws and failures, World Leaders went on to endorse SDG in September 2015.

        2017 Year 2 of SDG implementation is in 4th quarter, yet fundamental issues that ought to have been agreed by end 1st quarter 2015 Year of Decision including fundamental issues you have raised are still outstanding and without hope of these being addressed in the next few years.

        The Population, Governance, Law and Government issues that you are passionate about need to be addressed simultaneously with other pertinent and relevant issues – Service Delivery, Institutional Reforms, Social Justice, Inclusive Growth Attitudinal Change and more.

        World Leaders may keep dancing around issues as our World slide to tip over the cliff or they may reason and get real – thus decide to individually and jointly pick up gauntlet and in ways that ensure professional tackling of all relevant issues that would help in the design and delivery of New National and International Development Systems Fit for the 21st Century in each North and South Country.

        Time running out to make Right Choice. No Choice is a Choice.

        • Arnold Byron

          I notice that you call yourself nehmap global. I looked at your website and see that you seem to be a blog spot. Keep up your good work. It is good to get this conversation out to as many places as possible.

          You indicate that promises made at past climate forums are not being kept. I think I am correct when I say that the (MDG) Millennium Development Goals announced in 2000, which were to have been reached in 2015, were replaced in 2015 by the (SDG) Sustainable Development Goals, which are to be reached in 2030. These are all laudable goals and humanity needs to, as a group, see that they are reached. There is a problem. The individual countries have been given the responsibility to reach these goals on their own. They have been given some money in the form of debt relief and grants, but reaching these goals is hard. A country can be wasteful or divert money to other uses.

          I think it is unproductive, even counterproductive, to give resources unless there is a hands on director who has greater authority than the country itself. This may sound crazy, but it is what I am suggesting in chapter 12 of my book and it will work if the nations get together and write treaties that will allow it to work. It is too bad that we cannot simply let the United Nations set this up; but so long as the largest, richest nations have veto power, there is no help for the small, poor nations. My plan calls for a temporary global government for the purpose of solving global warming. This temporary government could be given the job of resolving all 17 SDG issues. The temporary government will also be given the jobs of reducing the population; removing carbon dioxide; and dismantling everything nuclear.

          The model that I present for the future of humanity is completely different than what humanity has experienced from its beginning. Humanity grew up on a planet that was rich with resources. Now humanity has grown so large that it is up against a wall. It cannot grow larger without reaching a point where it will crash and burn. The sane selfless people must not allow that time to come. Reducing the population to a much smaller size will require population control, not mere family planning. Removing carbon dioxide will require that we build huge infrastructures to stop using fossil fuel and to begin reducing the amount of carbon dioxide. Dismantling nuclear power plants and bombs has started and must be completed.

          The question you ask is HOW? How will humanity surmount this crisis? I am trying to do my best by suggesting that the nations create a temporary world government and give it the wherewithal to surmount this crisis. The question I ask is HOW? How will humanity get the nations to agree to create a temporary world government to end global warming? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply ask them? It will be much harder than that.

          What nations could we approach? An earlier blogger said that the United States and Australia were out of the picture at this time. Maybe later, after elections. What about Germany, France and Denmark? They are doing a lot in the fields of renewable energy sources. Indonesia and Bangladesh are in danger of rising oceans. China is doing solar panels and has tried population control. China and India have the largest populations. What nations will be the first to understand the solution? How can we help them?

          • nehmap global

            Great response Arnold. My name is Lanre Rotimi. Previous comments on this Platform were made in this name. I now use NEHMAP (New End Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty) Global Tweeter Handle. I signed in by Tweeter and was registered as NEHMAP Global.

            I regret my Group is doing this great work but we do not have a website. We did not think it was important 25 years ago when we started. Now that we are working on it, we have fund Challenge to set up state of the art website. But it will be up and running soon. However our Blog is rich with Papers.
            http://developmentchangechampions.blogspot.com.ng

            I am impressed you have addressed HOW from my point of view and yours. You cannot change a System from the Outside. It is naive to expect that just because an idea is good, it will be accepted for implementation and evaluation by National Leaders and World Leaders in all 193/306 UN Member States.

            To Change Our World for Good of Humanity on Successful and Sustainable basis, there are both Top Down and Bottom Up Approaches within Think Global and At Local Approaches that WORK that need to be simultaneously deployed, if our Fragile Planet is to avoid PERISHING. Please note that irreversibility point on MADning (Mutually Assured Destruction) Road to DOOM could be crossed at any time. Therefore fundamental issues raised on MAHB in general and this article and comments in particular demand urgent attention of National and World Leaders, if our World is to change to MAPing (Mutually Assured Prosperity) Road to BOOM and on time..

            It is pertinent to note that unless in US Trump is Force for Good and in the EU Brexit is Force for Good, it will be MISSION Impossible getting UN Member States to accept for implementation and evaluation of issues raised in your Article and comments made by respondents.

            http://developmentchangechampions.blogspot.com.ng/2017/09/global-push-to-achieve-sdgs-vision-and.html

            http://developmentchangechampions.blogspot.com.ng/2017/10/global-push-to-achieve-sdgs-vision-and_9.html

            There are enough Good People and Institutions in US, Canada, EU, Africa, LAC, Asia.If they can be brought together within Correct answer to HOW questions, there will evolve New National and International Development Systems fit for the 21st Century.

            In view of the above the Big Questions is: What can and should MAHB, SSIR and Stanford University as a Whole – Academic Staff, Non Academic Staff, Undergraduate Students and Post Graduate Students DO (Note Answer to How is DONG) to meaningfully support Policy, Program, Project: Collaboration Cooperation, Cohesion, Coordination, Commitment for Sustainable Development, 3P5CSD Driving required Systems, Structures, Polices, Procedures, Cooperatives, Communication, Rules and Cultures Changes at each specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global location context?

            Dr D raised the issue of improving MAHB Effectiveness and Networking. This underline urgent need for Clear and Correct answer to this Big Question, if this Platform is not to be Mere Empty Talk Shop. The time to Reason and Get Real is Now. One Day Delay may be One Day too Late for our Fragile Planet!!!

  • Dr D

    Hello Arnold, blessings to you for putting your thoughts into text and lets hope that it moves the world somehow. Although I have written small amounts on the MAHB, my general impression is that MAHB is ineffective because it only circulates ideas within a closed loop. It is very difficult to find an audience in the MAHB, a group of people who can truly connect, collaborate and make actions.

    The basic ideas that you have put forward are ethical and virtuous. And then there is the proverbial “but”. So what is the “but” here… My view is not a cynical response. My view is that a politically agreed international body (government) might occur if humanity was inherently civilised and willing to coordinate and cooperate for the common good. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Humanity is divided by ideology, religion, culture, languages, fears, unequal resources, over population, and a certain amount of greed. These divisions are in some respects hard to accept, but then again humanity is not so enlightened. We are survivors, and humanity can be very competitive outside the polished conferences of the U.N. We do need to coordinate—from local to global—to address climate change. How can we mobilise when this problem has been under the microscope for decades?

    Would you consider another approach—somewhat different—that has elements of what you are proposing, but without the additional layer of government. Consider an international central bank coordination with a parallel currency. This is, I think, plausible, as a means of pricing the risk of climate change in international currency markets. This could be used to finance the regenerative work that is needed. If this appeals to you, then please ask the MAHB to run a story on http://www.global4c.org

    My best regards, Dr. D.

    • Arnold J. Byron

      You wrote that an international government might occur if humanity was inherently civilized and willing to cooperate for the common good. I totally agree. I did not make my suggestions in a dark room, where I could not see. I know that there are huge obstacles to overcome. But to me this only represents more work that needs to be done. I hope others see it the same way and are willing to do the work also.

      You advocate for a parallel currency to help deal with the risk and ramifications of climate change and excess carbon. An earlier blogger has an excellent suggestion for using communication effectively to reduce the dangers facing the world. I happen to be involved with an effort in Washington State where I live called The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy. This is an effort to get a carbon tax to help solar and wind projects, to help rejuvenate forests, and to help workers transition from fossil fuel jobs to clean energy jobs. My point is that there are lots of ways people can become involved. Which is good. But, humanity will get more bang for the buck if the efforts are coordinated. We need to focus our efforts on the nations of the world. Humanity is divided into nations. The nations are the people and the people need to be governed. If it takes a special government to end global warming then let us make that special government into an entity that is totally honest and totally inclusive.

      I noticed that you used the words “over population” in your comment. I’m glad that you did because nobody seems to want to talk about overpopulation. Overpopulation is a major part of this conversation. My position is that global warming is a consequence of overpopulation. I invite you to write about overpopulation.

      • Dr D

        Hi Arnold, I am no expert in population, but the people who have extensive field experience seem to be saying that populations can be better managed with education and giving real choices to women. This is pretty standard advice, and you can find the discussions on the Internet and in good books.

        I am somewhat concerned that you will burn yourself out with a proposal for an authoritative world government (an option that is diametrically opposite to the preference of superpower nations). You know that the peak authority is the national government, and governments and their stakeholders rarely ever give up the power/sovereignty/decisions to a higher authority; and so even the U.N. struggles to maintain international standards of law and justice. The gun is the law in the international arena. I am not being cynical, just expressing my opinion… … talk to a political scientist and get some feedback on your proposal.

        The world is geopolitically biased towards non-binding global agreements (e.g. Paris Climate Agreement) when there are major costs involved. The U.N. security council and the other institutions that evolved from WWII were originally founded on diplomacy that was aiming for lasting peace. But those wise people have passed away, and the current generation of politicians appear to be dangerously short sighted.

        In conclusion: the only progressive way forward is peaceful and non-violent. But there are very few options for radical new global governance, I highly recommend that you consider the difference between “penalties and regulations” that require centralised <> and centralised <> (such as a supranational government) versus “rewards” that do require centralised <> but do NOT require centralised <>. If you focus on institutions that can offer financial “rewards”, then your vision of a new world authority has a chance of being implemented.

        Think global rewards….

        • Arnold Byron

          Thank you Dr. D. for your acknowledgment that our various national governments are not as interested in the people as they should be. I recognize oligarchy, plutocracy, kleptocracy, fascism, authoritarianism and fundamentalism for what they are worth. It is unfortunate but it seems that ant socialistic behavior is prevalent in today’s world; and in many of our nations’ leaders. It is unfortunate that we must waste time and energy fighting some of our national governments. But if humanity is going to survive the crises of overpopulation then we must all continue to fight.

          I have outlined in my book, Of Population and Pollution—A Global Warming Primer, my thoughts on what humanity needs to do to end global warming. I have outlined in chapter 12 of my book the action humanity needs to take to accomplish the task of ending global warming and healing the planet.

          I am proposing a top down global governmental body with the following elements.
          • It will be created by the nations.
          • It will be temporary and be given powers limited to solving global warming.
          • The nations will agree that the temporary government will have more power with regard to global warming issues than any nation or any group of nations.
          • The temporary government will consist of an administrative body which determines what needs to be done and orders it done; a group of the most respected people on the globe whose job it will be to use their standing and credibility to gather money and other needed resources; and a group of highly placed people from all walks of life whose job it will be to carry out the orders given by the administrative body.
          The infrastructure will be designed to end the use of fossil fuel and to remove the excess carbon dioxide.

          Your interest is in helping to enhance the monetary aspects of the world economic system to better facilitate governments’ ability to gain the resources and to commit to all of the work that needs to be done. Pushing your agenda will help to gin up the conversation to the point where politicians will begin to take notice of and agree to actions that will result in the goal of changing our national governments. I think that your goals and my goals are compatible. The action I promote and the action you promote must occur, simultaneously, side by side.

          It is the nations that have to act. The nations are the people. It is the people who have to make the nations act. This is why your work is so important. Please consider my ideas for a temporary global government; for the needed infrastructure to end the use of fossil fuel; for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; for using population control measures to reduce the population in a nonviolent, non-eugenic, safe and humane way; and for dismantling everything nuclear. All this needs to be done if we are going to solve global warming.

          By the way, in the fields of geoengineering I understand that someone has invented a special reusable sponge that is capable of removing carbon dioxide directly from the air. In my book, Of Population and Pollution—A Global Warming Primer I write about a plan of using tens of thousands of mini refineries and a depolymerization process, that mimics a natural process, to remove carbon dioxide.

          These actions will all take trillions of dollars and a single government to administer the completion. We cannot depend on corporations going about their work without direction to do this. We need your group and other groups like yours to sell our ideas to the politicians who run our nations. As a side note, let me say: “There may be enough money squirreled away in tax havens to build the infrastructure necessary to heal the planet.”

      • Dr D

        “…humanity will get more bang for the buck if the efforts are coordinated…”

        I agree 100%. The challenge is finding the best policies and plans and creating a movement. I have been working at this for some years now, and I can tell you it is very very difficult, because everybody has a different perspective on what is the REALITY and what are the SOLUTIONS.

        The more progressive people (i.e. left political leaning) tend to be more open-minded and tolerant and diverse, and so there are more diverse ideas. This diversity of ideas and views is natural, but it also creates a major PROBLEM, namely that the ideas that win out are simply the most POPULAR. And so the movement is mostly a popularity contest within a highly diverse audience. This it a problem within a problem.

  • Dr D
  • Andrew Gaines

    Easier to just align. The Great Transition Initiative (www.InspiringTransition.net) shows
    how. It is already set up. Each of us as ordinary citizens and as leaders of
    organizations can play a role. The hour is late – please check it out.

    • Arnold Byron

      I looked at your website. It looks like The Great Transition Initiative will be especially effective at bringing people together in thoughts and deeds. When people have the initiative and the tools they can do a great deal. It has always been that way with us humans. Given the right push the messages will resonate with all people everywhere on the globe. This is good. But what will the message be. One message might be about reducing the population. Reducing the population will take the strain off of the remaining resources and help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted. Who will start the message circulating. If no one is assigned that task, the message will not be started.

      My idea is to put some agency– somebody — in charge. To my mind, people need to be told what to do; or at least be guided to the places where they are able to make the right decisions. If left up to themselves the people living today will not be able to do anything to stop the juggernaut of global warming. The people will continue to go about their lives, willy-nilly, without direction and without accomplishment. However, if given direction relative to such things as reducing the population and removing carbon dioxide the people living to day will be focused and will complete the tasks.

      I suggest a top down autocratic style of government to assign the work and to see that the work is done. You suggest a communications based program where the people will figure out what work needs to be done, who will do it and how it will be done. The bottom line is that humanity will need both styles working simultaneously doing what they each do best. The important thing is to set the goals. Some of the goals are best achieved in an autocratic fashion, others are best achieved in a community fashion and some when both styles are working together. I think that humanity, in its great forward march, will need to adopt cooperation and cooperative as important watchwords.

      • Andrew Gaines

        My comments start with asteriska.

        But what will the message be.

        *** If you look carefully at the Great Transition Initiative material, you will see
        that there is one overarching message:

        *** “We are in an ecological emergency, it is a systems problem, and our proper goal is to transition to a life-affirming global culture.”

        One message might be about reducing the population. Reducing the population will take the strain off of the remaining resources and help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted. Who will start the message circulating. If no one is assigned that task, the message will not be started.

        *** There are lots of individuals and groups ‘circulating the message’ about population, economics, transitioning to renewable energy and other facets of our ecological emergency. It’s already happening. This is good.

        *** But the messages are fragmented; they are simultaneously vitally important yet only pieces of the puzzle. We need to change the whole system.

        My idea is to put some agency– somebody — in charge.
        To my mind, people need to be told what to do; or at least be guided to the
        places where they are able to make the right decisions.

        *** The approach of the Great Transition Initiative is to enable people to develop a mental ‘framework of understanding’ so that they make sense of things for themselves.

        If left up to themselves the people living today will not be able to do anything
        to stop the juggernaut of global warming. The people will continue to go about
        their lives, willy-nilly, without direction and without accomplishment.

        *** I agree that people need a sense of direction. this is implied the phrase ‘a life-affirming global culture’. A life-affirming global culture
        will be ecologically sustainable. And it will operate on good willed
        partnership-respect values (in contrast to domination-control values – in other
        words, the cooperation you refer to). These two operating principles can be
        embodied at every level of society from local businesses to global governance. And again, this is already happening. The point of the Great Transition Initiative is to accelerate it.

        However, if given direction relative to such things as reducing the population and removing carbon dioxide the people living to day will be focused and will complete the tasks.

        I suggest a top down autocratic style of government to
        assign the work and to see that the work is done.

        * ** If you observe real world politics in the US and in Australia, you will notice
        that the autocratic top-down style of government now in place is adamantly
        against dealing responsibly with global warming. I believe that for this to
        shift, citizen led popular education is essential. This is the purpose of the
        Great Transition Initiative.

        I wish you well.

        Andrew

        • Arnold Byron

          To Mr. Gaines. Your salutation of I wish you well seems final. I hope that you stay with the discussion because your observations are more than valuable; as are the observations of the other bloggers who are active in this thread.

          You know that I am proposing a top down global governmental body that is created by the nations; that the nations will have power over; that the nations will give limited powers to solve global warming; that the temporary government will consist of an administrative body, called the Alliance, which determines what needs to be done and orders it done; that appoints a group of the most respected people on the globe whose job it will be to use their standing and credibility to gather money and other needed resources ; that supervises a group of highly placed people from all walks of life whose job it will be to carryout the orders and build the infrastructure that is needed to solve global warming. The needed infrastructure will be designed to end the use of fossil fuel and to remove the excess carbon dioxide.

          Your interest is in helping people gin up the conversation to the point where the people will begin activities or actions that will result in the goal of ending global warming. I think that your goals and my goals are compatible. The action I promote and the action you promote must occur, simultaneously, side by side.

          It is the nations that have to act. The nations are the people. It is the people who have to make the nations act. This is why your work is so important. Please consider my ideas for a temporary global government; for the needed infrastructure to end the use of fossil fuel; for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; for using population control measures to reduce the population in a nonviolent, non-eugenic, safe and humane way; and for dismantling everything nuclear. All this needs to be done if we are going to solve global warming.

          By the way, in the fields of geoengineering I understand that someone has invented a special reusable sponge the is capable of removing carbon dioxide directly from the air. I also consider the plan for using tens of thousands of mini refineries and a depolymerization process that mimics a natural process, to remove carbon dioxide. I discuss the later process in my book, Of Population and Pollution,

          These actions will all take trillions of dollars and a single government to administer the completion. We cannot depend on corporations going about their work without direction to do this. We need your group and other groups like yours to sell the idea to the politicians who run our nations.

          • Andrew Gaines

            Dear Mr Byron − how formal a salutation!

            Yes, my sign-off is ‘final.’

            I will make one more comment to you and to other people on this
            thread.

            In my view, much of the time we spend on commenting on threads
            like this is wasted.

            We vent various opinions and views, when what is really
            needed now is personally helping people we know come to terms with the enormity of climate change and other existential environmental threats threaten our species (I think the best book about this is Julian Cribb’s Surviving the 21st Century … see his MAHB post Can humanity survive the 21st-century?) … and think through the transformative systemic changes necessary to turn things around to the extent still possible.

            Talk is cheap; purposeful talk is world changing.

            So get with it folks! We need to catalyze a national/global
            educational movement to change the direction of society. Support materials are in the Resources section of http://www.inspiringtransition.net.
            The Great Transition Initiative is already underway.

            Smiles, Andrew.

            We do have common cause!

  • Tormod V. Burkey

    How would you get past the conspiracy nuts who don’t need any extra prodding to rant that all this is environment stuff is just part of a cunning plan to institute a global government, blah, blah, blah?

    • Arnold Byron

      I guess the conspiracy nuts will just have to go off into their own corner and rant away. The level headed, problem solving rest of us will get to go to work. Here is my vision. A global government having been given limited — somewhat autocratic — powers to solve global warming is created by the nations of the world. To do this the nations of the world will have to come together in a democratic gathering of ideas and proposals. The temporary government can be autocratic so long as the nations who conceived it are more powerful and can cut it off.

      The temporary government will be focused on reducing the population; removing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere and oceans; and dismantling everything nuclear. It will not have a military or police except as given by the nations. I don;t think we need worry about a new global government taking over our lives.