What David Attenborough can learn from Richard Heinberg

Attenborough has a four-page spread in this week’s Radio Times launching his first Netfix. But will it be enough to save the ecosphere?. Richard Heinberg adds a vital contribution in his ’Resilience’ narrative

In the crucial passage, Heinberg says:

My conclusion, after years of studying environmental research literature, is that some form of societal collapse is indeed highly probable this century.

The only realistic way to minimize climate change is to stop burning fossil fuels; and, in my judgment, there is no way to do that without shrinking energy usage and therefore economic activity (I’ve explained my reasoning on this point elsewhere

But as the midget on this and other Titans’ shoulders, I ask all prominent ecophiles to bear in mind one further necessity, which I variously call a catalyst, a lubricant, or a keystone for all the rest.

For me, there are four self-evident propositions (Thank you Richard Heinberg for helping me to make them clear):

1 Some form of societal collapse is almost certain on the world’s current trajectory

2 The only realistic way to minimize climate change is to stop burning fossil fuels

3 there is no way to do that without shrinking economic activity.

4 Some way has to be found to make this acceptable – to the world’s population.

(Pending a better idea, I suggest the unconditional basic income)

Many have difficulty with Proposition 4, which takes what Heinberg says that crucial step futher. But it is one reason why what needs to happen hasn’t happened, yet.

So I am adding Richard Heinberg to my long, long list of high profile, but as yet unsuccessful saviours of the ecosphere, whom I hope will read my weblog. They all get a tsunami of emails, I have even sent a recorded delivery to attenborough with a TW postcode. No reply of course.

Perhaps someone out there has some useful friends or contacts?

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