Go Lean Commentary
Welcome to Hurricane Season 2019.
I wish I could say it will be uneventful. I can’t …
Just the opposite, scientists have told us that as the earth’s atmosphere heats more and more, that Climate Change-fueled events will only worsen and worsen. So far, Spring 2019 has been proof positive. We have seen floods, tornadoes, unusual wintry weather, etc. As reported in a previous blog-commentary, the planet must prepare to “rinse and repeat“.
June 1st is the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, so every year at this time we have to start dealing with the realities of hurricanes and Caribbean life. The 2013 book Go Lean…Caribbean (Page 10) declares that we need “to provide new guards for our future security”. This is not our first year planning for and dealing with Hurricane Season; nor will it be our last. “This” is our new reality. The book relates on Page 11:
Whereas the earth’s climate has undeniably changed resulting in more severe tropical weather storms, it is necessary to prepare to insure the safety and security of life, property and systems of commerce in our geographical region. As nature recognizes no borders in the target of its destruction, we also must set aside border considerations in the preparation and response to these weather challenges.
This theme – planning for and dealing with Hurricane Season – aligns with many previous Go Lean commentaries; see here, this consideration from recent years:
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=15012||Hurricane Season 2018 and Puerto Rico continued sufferings|
|http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=12068||Hurricane Season 2017 and ‘Climate Change’ Abatement|
Dealing with Hurricane Seasons must include more than just naming hurricanes or responding to the storms’ devastation; we must also mitigate the threat of Climate Change and do our share to reduce global warming. Yes, we must!
Because we are responsible for the causes of Climate Change; so says this recent report; consider the story here:
Title: 99.9999% chance humans are causing global warming, and other science-based facts on Climate Change for Earth Day
By: Doyle Rice and Elizabeth Weise
Climate change is real and increasingly a part of our daily lives. New research and studies out in just the past six months highlight the latest facts about the human-caused shift to our global weather systems and its effects on our planet.
First among them, there’s no longer any question that rising temperatures and increasingly chaotic weather are the work of humanity. There’s a 99.9999% chance that humans are the cause of global warming, a February study reported. That means we’ve reached the “gold standard” for certainty, a statistical measure typically used in particle physics.
The mechanism is well understood and has been for decades. Humans burn fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas, which release carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and other gases into the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. CO2 is the greenhouse gas that’s most responsible for warming.
Study lead author Benjamin Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, told Reuters that “the narrative out there that scientists don’t know the cause of climate change is wrong.”
Hottest on record
The past five years have been the five warmest since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. The Earth has experienced 42 straight years (since 1977) with an above-average global temperature, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Based on five separate data sets that keep track of the Earth’s climate, the global average temperature for the first 10 months of 2018 was about 1.8 degrees above what it was in the late 1800s. That was when industry started to emit large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Australia experienced record summer heat in January of this year. The town of Port Augusta reached the hottest day since record-keeping began in 1962 with a temperature of 121, according to the Guardian.
The heat was so intense it caused bats to fall from trees, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Carbon dioxide up 46%
Increasing amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases being released into the atmosphere by industry, transportation and energy production from burning fossil fuels are enhancing what’s known as the planet’s natural greenhouse effect.
Carbon dioxide is the most prevalent among all greenhouse gases produced by human activities, attributed to the burning of fossil fuels.
The atmospheric carbon dioxide level for March was 411.97 parts per million and continue to rise. It has now reached levels in the atmosphere not seen in 3 million years.
That’s an increase of 46% from just before the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, when CO2 levels were around 280 parts per million. Levels began to rise when humans began to burn large amounts of fossil fuels to run factories and heat homes, releasing CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
Scientists say to keep a livable planet, we need to cut the level to 350 parts per million.
A consequence of higher temperatures is the melting of the polar ice caps, which is causing sea levels to rise. The world’s oceans have risen about an inch in the past 50 years due to melting glaciers alone, a study published this month in the journal Nature found.
Global warming has caused over 3 trillion tons of ice to melt from Antarctica in the past quarter-century and tripled ice loss there in the past decade, another study, released in June, said.
Source: Posted for “Earth Day 2019” on April 22, 2019; retrieved June 1, 2019 from: https://www.yahoo.com/now/earth-day-2019-high-temperatures-131301815.html
99.9999% is a special number! It is near to Six Sigma – process which 99.9999998% of products manufactured are statistically expected to be free of defects (3.4 defects per million). So this near sign of operational perfection means that it is “on us”. If we accept that us humans are the cause of Climate Change, then that means that us humans can stop the bad actions and do good ones. As reported here previously, we only have until 2030 as a fix window to try to effect change; (after that, there is no hope for a turn-around):
[A report from the] UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) … asserts that if there are no mitigations [by 2030], then the catastrophic future that we all dread will be unavoidable. Life may continue on the planet, but the status quo would be no more. …
After , there may not be any turning back from a Greenhouse planet. Once we accept this fact – the eventuality of the Climate Change Catastrophe – only then can we start to make efforts to address the truth: our “house is on fire”. …
Fixing Climate Change in the US or Canada is out-of-scope for this Go Lean movement; but we still need them to act. We also need Europe, China, India – all Big Polluters – and all countries of the world to act. We must stand on soap boxes, podiums and stages and tell the world – everyone must listen; we must make them listen. This is now everyone’s job, everyone’s responsibility. …
There is … a roadmap [for] reforming and transforming the Caribbean’s societal engines to abate Climate Change; [it] is possible; it is conceivable, believable and achievable.
The current US President, Donald Trump, is not a partner in the effort to abate Climate Change. He is a denier! He is also undermining legitimate scientific efforts – see Appendix VIDEO.
The start of Hurricane Season 2019 reminds us to recommit to the urgency to mitigate and remediate Climate Change. While we must Go Green here in the Caribbean, we must do more too. We must urge the rest of the world to Go Green. Otherwise, our small tropical islands will be the first to become extinct. It is that serious!
Let’s lean-in to this Go Lean roadmap to effect change here in the homeland and then lets urge the rest of the world to also do more. Yes, we can make a difference here in the homeland and around the world. 🙂
About the Book
The book Go Lean…Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), for the elevation of Caribbean society – for all member-states. This CU/Go Lean roadmap has these 3 prime directives:
- Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion & create 2.2 million new jobs.
- Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines.
- Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines, including a separation-of-powers between the member-states and CU federal agencies.
The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot, reform and transform the societal engines of Caribbean society.
Download the free e-Book of Go Lean … Caribbean – now!
Who We Are
The movement behind the Go Lean book – a non-partisan, apolitical, religiously-neutral Community Development Foundation chartered for the purpose of empowering and re-booting economic engines – stresses that reforming and transforming the Caribbean societal engines must be a regional pursuit. This was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 12 – 13):
xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.
xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.
xxiv. Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.
Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.
Appendix VIDEO – Climate Change: Why Trump’s panel on climate science is controversial – https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2019/02/27/climate-change-why-trumps-panel-climate-science-controversial/2998078002/
Posted February 26, 2019 – President Trump’s pick for leading a climate change panel is notorious for denying the science behind human-caused global warming. We dive into the counter-arguments on climate change. USA TODAY.