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“Lester Brown tells us how to build a more just world and savethe planet . . . in a practical, straightforward way. We should allheed his advice.” —President Bill Clinton
Contents 1. Entering a New WorldI. A CIVILIZATION IN TROUBLE 2. Deteriorating Oil and Food Security 3. Rising Temperatures and Rising Seas 4. Emerging Water Shortages 5. Natural Systems Under Stress 6. Early Signs of Decline II. THE RESPONSE—PLAN B 8. Restoring the Earth 7. Eradicating Poverty, Stabilizing Population 9. Feeding Eight Billion Well 10. Designing Cities for People 11. Raising Energy Efficiency 12. Turning to Renewable EnergyIII. AN EXCITING NEW OPTION 13. The Great Mobilization
Preface Mobilizing to save civilization Failing states early sign of failing civilization Peak Oil Grain now pegged to the price of oil Grain production now falling below world use Peak Everything 2030 China will be consuming twice todays world Throw away society won’t work anymore
The challenge of our generation is a renewable economy Powered largely by renewable sources of energy Has a highly diversified transport system reuses and recycles everything. And to do it with unprecedented speed.
Four Overriding Goals in Plan B 3.0 Stabilizing climate Stabilizing population Eradicating poverty Restoring the earth's ecosystems
Heart of the climate-stabilizing initiative Cut carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2020 Raising energy efficiency developing renewable sources of energy expanding the earth's forest cover both by banning deforestation planting billions of trees to sequester carbon
Can we phase out coal-fired power plants before the melting of the Greenland ice sheet becomes irreversible? Can we gather the political will to halt deforestation in the Amazon before its growing vulnerability to fire takes it to the point of no return? Can we help countries stabilize population before they become failing states? We are in a race between tipping points in nature and our political systems
We have the technologies to restructure the world energy economy and stabilize climate. The challenge now is to build the political will to do so. To not use extreme measures in the face of extreme danger is insane, sub-human. Start Loving.
The challenge of our generation is a renewable economy We all depend on the same grain, same resources Reuse and Recycle Everything Plan A is destroying the economic supports
Plan B 3.0 Stabilizing Climate Stabilizing Population Eradicating Poverty Restoring Eco Systems
Cut carbon dioxide by 80% by 2020
Climate Initiative Raise efficiency Renewable energy Restore forests
Race between tipping points Phasing out coal plants or do glaciers melt first Can we raise the political will in time Can we stabilize population before too late
Slight hope – Citizens are stopping US coal plants Needs to expand Needs to phase out existing plants
Wind power Scale is expanding Texas is leading the wind farm expansions 23 coal plants equivalent Plug in hybrids now coming to markets We have the technology We need to raise the will
If you don’t study, learn, and spread Plan B 3.0… Why?