James Lovelock

I'm at the TTI/Vanguard conference and have just had the honor of hearing a presentation by James Lovelock, one of the historical leaders and visionaries of global environmentalism.

His message is pretty straightforward. I'll try to paraphrase it here: We've screwed things up so much that we have to start thinking of big things we can do to counteract the mess we've made. Nothing we can do as humans can operate at a large enough scale and fast enough to stop the processes we've put into place. What we need to do is use the power of the earth itself to correct the problem.

He's proposing a systems approach to the earth, and with radical ideas like large scale heat pumps. He believes is that we're already making dramatic changes to the earth, so the risk of other radical changes is negligible compared to what we're already doing.

Comments:

http://climatechange3000.blogspot.com Mark Twain's famous quip that "everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it" is sometimes cited in the debate over global warming. Some people even say that the time for debate over this issue is long past. Perhaps we should pray that the time for effective action has not passed as well. I am not going to talk about the weather here, because there is not much I can do about it. But as a former Massachusetts resident now residing in Taiwan, and very concerned about the issue of global warming, I have done something worth talking about. I am calling for the creation of polar cities in the future to house remnants of humankind who might survive the hell of global warming 500 or 1000 years from now. And I am calling, through a blog and a Wikipedia entry on the Internet, for the planning, design and construction of these sustainable polar city retreats now, while we still have time, fuel, materials and transportation to build them.

Posted by Dan Bloom on June 30, 2007 at 06:48 PM EDT #

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