NASA's James Hansen sees tipping points leading to climate catastrophe.
Other scientists see little evidence of tipping points, forsee linear degradation
1.4 degree F warming over last century
Sea level rose about 1/2 foot in 20th century
Changes are less than the natural variability or "noise" so not obvious to naked eye.
Source: DiMento and Doughman, Climate Change, MIT Press 2007
CO2 280 ppm before industrial era
380 ppm now and rising
CO2 will retain solar radiation until planet reaches equilibrium at higher temperature
What’s a Humanist to do?
For poor nations, pollute now, pay consequences later may be rational.
For rich nations, lack of action, even denial appears unreasonable.
Humanists are familiar with unreason as a common human cognitive-behavioral pattern.
Pass carbon cap or tax – DOA in DC
Green R & D - outside scope of Humanism
Voluntary changes to consumer behavior
Humanism is about how we act
Recycling & Conservation
But how can we make this appealing?
The “consumer treadmill” is like an addiction
Through mindfulness, show how to e xperience a sense of wonder and richness in everyday life
With so much, feel less need to acquire more
“ Greenest” product is the one that isn’t made.
Rachel Carson The Sense of Wonder
...becoming receptive to what lies all around you. It is learning again to use your eyes, ears, nostrils, and finger tips, opening up the disused channels of sensory impression…One way to open your eyes to unnoticed beauty is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”
Q/A and usability testing
Web or Video skills
Staffing May 21 Climate ActionFest
Is new technology all we need?
Can humanism inspire secular people to rise above material self-interest?
Are people rational enough to deal with an “invisible” problem like climate change?
Does humanism have a misplaced faith in humanity?
What behavioral changes can we reasonably encourage?