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Do humans have what it takes?

Recent articles in Renew Economy here and The Guardian here sound the alarm to readers that humans are goners if global carbon emissions are not drastically reduced now.

The Everlution Newsletter editor’s article titled Do humans have what it takes from the 31 December 2020 issue highlighted the problem and is reproduced here:

“The Everlution Newsletter was first published on 4 April 2020. It was founded on the basis that, in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, investors, businesses and organisations would be needed as active participants to promote the direction of investment towards renewables, energy efficiency, regenerative agriculture and waste reduction options. It is the business world that can deliver the technology we need to reduce carbon emissions to meet an ever-closing window of continuing habitable life on earth.

When the Newsletter was started, we had just experienced unimaginable bushfires in Australia. It seemed the whole country was burning last summer after a devastating drought in the lead up. Here was climate change manifesting itself in all its ugliness.

Closely following the fires came COVID-19 that has killed 1.8 million people to date, probably affected the ongoing health of another 3 million people and is spreading to 700,000 people per day at the moment. The unseen effect of the coronavirus though, is its impact on human mental health. We are social creatures and the virus has been a huge hindrance to common day-to-day social interaction. Nevertheless, this does not change the fact that climate change is the elephant in the room.

We are an intelligent species and if we have the will, we can achieve ginormous amounts. The lead photo was taken the other day of a kangaroo and joey in the backyard. The joey, protected by its mother, is peering out over the amazingness of its new world, filled with anticipation of life ahead. The photo is a metaphor for our generation (the kangaroo) and generations to come (the joey). We need to protect those generations and the solution is simple:


To do this the fossil fuel industry has to be reduced in size significantly over the next 5 years, starting right now with and end-of-life by 2030. We need the expansion of regenerative agriculture universally. We need the immediate termination of mass deforestation (currently 747 square kilometres per day). We need the rapid development of carbon lifecycle analysis so that it can be applied to show the whole chain of carbon emissions embedded in products and services to highlight the real damage being done in the manufacturing and marketing of same. For instance, packaging (not least plastic packaging). Finally, widespread carbon education is needed, including carbon footprinting and what people can do in their own lives to reduce their carbon footprint.”

In the next issue we discuss the ramifications to Australia of a world 3°C warmer.

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