This month, we saw a deadly wildfire devastate Maui, Hawaii due to drought conditions and hurricane-induced winds exacerbated by the climate crisis.
And that’s on top of this summer’s record shattering heat waves that hit
much of the U.S.
As long as the climate crisis remains unchecked, these devastating weather
events will not just continue but will increase in frequency. To have any hope
of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change, we must take immediate
and drastic action to stop burning fossil fuels. Yet, the world’s largest banks
continue to support the major drivers of the climate crisis, pouring $673
billion into fossil fuel companies last year alone.
Dr. Komor’s Op-Ed on Carbon Negative Shot
CLIMATE CHANGE: THE END OR THE BEGINNING? YOU CHOOSE!
Christian R. Komor, Psy.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
As in World War II, we are all called to be part of a large-scale mobilization to Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal (DACR), while avoiding the temptations to be misled into a premature and desperate grab for “emission reductions” and doomed efforts at “climate adaptation”. We must find out what we and our organizations can do to restore our children’s future by supporting the Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal lawsuit (22-cv-0007) now in U.S. Ninth Circuit Appeals Court. This civil action presents a last opportunity to press the United States government to upscale engineered removal of the massive overload of carbon now in the atmosphere – the only real hope remaining for future generations.
Narrow-Focused Scientists’ Warning Articles (April, 2023)
42 articles published, 1 journal special issue, 59 articles in preparation – Click to View
CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASING VOLCANIC AND EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY
“The heat required goes far beyond anything we expect from human-induced climate change, but things like volcanic activity and changes in the sun’s luminosity could lead to this level of heating,” said lead author Adrian Lenardic, associate professor of Earth science at Rice University. “Our goal was to establish an upper limit of naturally generated climate variation beyond which the entire solid planet would respond.” Click here to continue
September 13, 2022
United in Science:
We are heading in the wrong direction
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Click Here for Press Release
July 14, 2022
“On Thursday, the WHO warned that Africa is facing a growing risk of outbreaks caused by zoonotic pathogens that originate in non-human animals and then switch species and infect humans. There has been a 63% increase in the number of zoonotic outbreaks in the region in the decade from 2012 to 2022, compared with 2001 to 2011, according to a new analysis by the United Nation’s global health arm.”
Climeworks raises CHF 600 million in latest equity round
Dr. Christian R. Komor vs. The United States of America: The Remaining Hope for Reversing Global Warming Before the 2030’s Extinction Threshold Paperback – February 19, 2022
by Dr Christian Robert Komor (Author)
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What Research Reveals About Carbon Capture, Solar Radiation Management and The United Nations – The Only Hope For Your Children’s Future
“The climate emergency is the fight of our lives and for our lives.”
– Antonio Guterres, U.N. Secretary General
Executive Summary: Komor v. United States
OVERVIEW: KOMOR VS. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1) Komor vs United States will prove that the government must invest in Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) in order to avoid reaching an irreversible cascade failure in our ecosystems due to global warming.
2) Komor vs. United States will prove the Defendants have claimed a sovereign duty not to harm the life, liberty or property of citizens including the Plaintiff.
3) Komor vs. United States will prove and the Defendants have had numerous and credible warnings that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions would cause overheating of the atmosphere and thus disruption to planetary ecosystems. Plaintiff’s life, liberty and property have all been harmed by the actions and inaction of the Defendants.
4) Komor vs. United States will show that most citizens do not realize that we can achieve a high degree of sustainability and still become extinct due to the vast amount of greenhouse gas already in our atmospheric envelope.
5) These “legacy emissions” will not be cycled out for hundreds to thousands of years – far too late to avoid the 450 ppm carbon saturation deadline established in the paleogeologic record.
6) Paleogeologic records from ice core samples demonstrate that whenever the Earth has reached 450 ppm combined atmospheric carbon saturation the planet has shifted to a new normal – a transition most currently existing species do not survive.
7) NOAA is currently reporting an atmospheric carbon saturation level of 419 ppm (02/22) rising by 2 ppm yearly, reaching 450 ppm threshold in the mid-2030’s. In addition, the interaction between elements of our global ecosystem destabilized by warming is creating a non-linear acceleration in climate change.
8) Fifty years ago when the U.S. government was initially alerted to the GHG problem by its own researchers we could have shifted to sustainable energy models and the planet would have eventually (in hundreds to thousands of years) have redistributed the excess without reaching the 450 ppm “tipping level”.
9) At this late date it is no longer possible for the Earth, on her own, to clean up the extreme amount of GHG the Defendants have placed in the atmosphere. We must artificially clean up our waste from the atmosphere through judicious use of NET.
10) Fortunately, companies including ClimeWorks (Switzerland) and the Carbon Engineering (Canada) both have direct air carbon removal facilities already in successful operation. (Removing carbon already in the atmosphere is a different process from adding filters to reduce carbon emissions.)
11) Komor vs. United States is asking that the Defendants be held responsible for scaling up this existing Negative Emissions Technology carbon removal technology to meet the goal of staying below a 425 ppm minimum safe threshold of atmospheric CO2 accumulation.
12) The Plaintiff is aware this will require a “war footing” mobilization and trillions of dollars in investment to capture 10-60 GtC/yr of CO2 per year starting in 2025. The Defendants had the choice to avoid this cost, but now it cannot be avoided.
Dr. Christian R. Komor, Plaintiff
Climate – Electric Cars
From the 1880’s to the initiation of mass production of gas-powered vehicles by Henry Ford in the1910’s most all motor vehicles were powered by electricity. Rapid innovation in battery technology even allowed fleets of electric taxis in London and New York. Electric vehicles had a number of advantages over their early-1900s competitors. They did not have the vibration, smell, and noise associated with gasoline cars. They also did not require gear changes. They were also preferred because they did not require a manual effort to start, as did gasoline cars which featured a hand crank to start the engine. By 1912, many homes were wired for electricity for recharging. Also, an exchangeable battery service was put into practice by General Electric between 1910 and 1924 covering more than 6 million miles of the United States. By the turn of the century there were still twice as many electric cars as gasoline powered with a total of 33,842 electric cars registered in the United States alone.
Sales of electric cars peaked in the early 1910s with over 300 listed manufacturers. By the 1920s worldwide discoveries of large petroleum reserves led to the wide availability of affordable gasoline, making gas-powered cars cheaper to operate over the longer distances accessible by improved road systems. Mass production of gas-powered vehicles initiated by Henry Ford brought their price down. The desire for profits by manufacturers eventually drowned out technological innovation and consumer demand. Since then, the internal combustion engine has contributed significantly to greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere and the extinction of increasing numbers of land, air, and aquatic species.
CLIMATE CHANGE – IRREVERSIBLE AT 450 PPM ATMOSPHERIC CARBON. SUPPORT THE US DISTRICT COURT LAWSUIT
In case you thought we made this up notice there are NO climate lawsuits active in the United States focused on THE solution- Direct Atmosphere Carbon Removal. In fact, there ARE NO climate-related lawsuits in the US. We REALLY ARE your only hope.
POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE GLOBAL TRENDS
Climeworks in Iceland and Carbon Engineering in Canada are doing DIRECT ATMOSPHERIC CARBON CAPTURE! Please support these organizations in their efforts to help with Climate Change through Direct Carbon Capture.
Climeworks in Iceland https://www.climeworks.com/?wish=5b9f3ee4
Carbon Engineering in Canada https://carbonengineering.com/
Establish National Program for Negative Emissions Technologies – Direct Air Carbon Capture & Solar Radiation Management
Created by C.K. on December 30, 2020
Mitigation, carbon reduction and sustainability are important for our future survival, but currently an omnicidal distraction from the climate deadlines of the mid-2030’s. We will then reach 450 parts per million atmospheric carbon and 310 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2. Geologic records demonstrate the former will trigger the Earth to shift into a “new normal” inconsistent with human survival. The latter will cause phytoplankton to stop producing 80% of the world’s oxygen. At this late date, our only civilization-preserving option is to mobilize Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) of Direct Air Carbon Removal (DAC) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) to remove a net 10 GtC/yr of CO2 per year starting in 2025. Congress must immediately act to establish DAC and SRM programs.
EMISSION REDUCTIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO ARREST CLIMATE CHANGE BEFORE THE MID-2030’S. ONLY THE NEGATIVE EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGIES ARE POWERFUL ENOUGH – BUT WE MUST MOVE SWIFTLY AND ON A MASSIVE SCALE BEFORE WE HIT THE CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035
“The suffering we are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet another manifestation of Climate Change (acting through alterations in human-animal disease vectors). Climate scientists have awaited a “Climate Pearl Harbor” which will awaken the public and politicians to the urgency and magnitude of our global warming plight….and here it is! But will we awaken and have the wisdom to direct our frustration with this deadly virus into the correct action? The path forward is an extremely narrow one and rapidly closing. We must bypass the temptation to rest in futuristic hopes of mitigation, carbon reduction and sustainability and instead mobilize the Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) of Direct Air Carbon Capture (DAC) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) to deal first with existing legacy emissions. Only then can we be sustainable. Starting in 2025 we must capture a net 10 GtC/yr (10 billion metric tons) average CO2 per year if we hope to skirt the twin points of no return in the mid-2030’s – 450 parts per million atmospheric carbon and 310 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2. (Inarguable geologic records demonstrate the former will trigger the Earth to shift to a new normal inconsistent with human survival. The latter will cause phytoplankton to stop producing 80% of the world’s oxygen.) Existing legacy carbon is not going away because we stop adding more – not for up to thousands of years. It must by actively removed. What can you, or your organization do to restore your children’s future-now-forfeit – use any avenues open to you – including joining the Climate Deadline Alliance (and the “Omnicide Complaint” now being reviewed by the International Criminal Court), pushing awareness of the necessity for a cooperative global effort to remove carbon from the atmosphere in your social groups, joining and advocating for NET in environmental organizations, supporting any ballot initiatives or candidates who are working for DAC/SRM, and contacting individuals with high visibility, connections, access and resources who can take action toward a global DAC/SRM effort. As in World War II everyone must be part of this effort. Do not delay, we need all hands on deck and time is short.”
– Dr. Christian R. Komor
SUMMARY OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Ending greenhouse gas emissions may not stop global warming: study
by Marlowe Hood
Even if humanity stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, Earth will warm for centuries to come and oceans will rise by metres, according to a controversial modelling study published Thursday.
Natural drivers of global warming—more heat-trapping clouds, thawing permafrost, and shrinking sea ice—already set in motion by carbon pollution will take on their own momentum, researchers from Norway reported in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.
“According to our models, humanity is beyond the point-of-no-return when it comes to halting the melting of permafrost using greenhouse gas cuts as the single tool,” lead author Jorgen Randers, a professor emeritus of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, told AFP.
“If we want to stop this melting process we must do something in addition—for example, suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it underground, and make Earth’s surface brighter.”
Using a stripped-down climate model, Randers and colleague Ulrich Goluke projected changes out to the year 2500 under two scenarios: the instant cessation of emissions, and the gradual reduction of planet warming gases to zero by 2100.
In an imaginary world where carbon pollution stops with a flip of the switch, the planet warms over the next 50 years to about 2.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels—roughly half-a-degree above the target set in the 2015 Paris Agreement—and cools slightly after that.
Earth’s surface today is 1.2C hotter than it was in the mid-19th century, when temperatures began to rise.
But starting in 2150, the model has the planet beginning to gradually warm again, with average temperatures climbing another degree over the following 350 years, and sea levels going up by at least three metres.
Under the second scenario, Earth heats up to levels that would tear at the fabric of civilization far more quickly, but ends up at roughly the same point by 2500.
The core finding—contested by leading climate scientists—is that several thresholds, or “tipping points”, in Earth’s climate system have already been crossed, triggering a self-perpetuating process of warming, as has happened millions of years in the past.
One of these drivers is the rapid retreat of sea ice in the Arctic.
Since the late 20th century, millions of square kilometres of snow and ice—which reflects about 80 percent of the Sun’s radiative force back into space—have been replaced in summer by open ocean, which absorbs the same percentage instead.
Another source is the thawing of permafrost, which holds twice as much carbon as there is in the atmosphere. The third is increasing amounts of water vapor, which also has a warming effect.
Reactions from half-a-dozen leading climate scientists to the study—which the authors acknowledge is schematic—varied sharply, with some saying the findings merit follow-up research, and others rejecting it out of hand.
“The model used here is … not shown to be a credible representation of the real climate system,” said Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the University of Exeter.
“In fact, it is directly contradicted by more established and extensively evaluated climate models.”
Mark Maslin, a professor of climatology at University College London, also pointed to shortcomings in the model, known as ESCIMO, describing the study as a “thought experiment.”
“What the study does draw attention to is that reducing global carbon emissions to zero by 2050″—a goal championed by the UN and embraced by a growing number of countries—”is just the start of our actions to deal with climate change.”
Even the more sophisticated models used in the projections of the UN’s scientific advisory body, the IPCC, show that the Paris climate pact temperature goals cannot be reached unless massive amounts of CO2 are removed from the atmosphere.
One way to do that is planting billions of trees. Experimental technologies have shown that sucking CO2 out of the air can be done mechanically, but so far not at the scale required.
EMISSION REDUCTIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO ARREST CLIMATE CHANGE BEFORE THE MID-2030’S. ONLY THE NEGATIVE EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGIES ARE POWERFUL ENOUGH – BUT WE MUST MOVE SWIFTLY AND ON A MASSIVE SCALE
“The suffering we are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet another manifestation of Climate Change (acting through alterations in human-animal disease vectors). Climate scientists have awaited a “Climate Pearl Harbor” which will awaken the public and politicians to the urgency and magnitude of our global warming plight….and here it is! But will we awaken and have the wisdom to direct our frustration with this deadly virus into the correct action? The path forward is an extremely narrow one and rapidly closing. We must bypass the temptation to rest in futuristic hopes of mitigation, carbon reduction and sustainability and instead mobilize the Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) of Direct Atmospheric Removal of Excess-Carbon (DARE) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) to deal first with existing legacy emissions. Only then can we be sustainable. Starting in 2025 we must capture a net 10 GtC/yr (10 billion metric tons) average CO2 per year if we hope to skirt the twin points of no return in the mid-2030’s – 450 parts per million atmospheric carbon and 310 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2. (Inarguable geologic records demonstrate the former will trigger the Earth to shift to a new normal inconsistent with human survival. The latter will cause phytoplankton to stop producing 80% of the world’s oxygen.) Existing legacy carbon is not going away because we stop adding more – not for up to thousands of years. It must by actively removed. What can you, or your organization do to restore your children’s future-now-forfeit – use any avenues open to you – including joining the Climate Deadline Alliance (and the “omnicide Complaint” now at the International Criminal Court) – to push awareness of the necessity for a cooperative global effort to remove carbon from the atmosphere so that those who have the visibility, connections, access and resources will take action toward a global DARE/SRM effort. As in World War II everyone must be part of this effort. Do not delay, we need all hands on deck and time is short.” – Dr. Christian R. Komor
SUMMARY OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
What’s happening right now in Midland Michigan and coastal India are good examples of what I’ve talked about in Climate Deadline 2035. Unfortunately, we are going to start to see an accumulation of climate related disasters overlaid on top of one another. (Right now, we have people trying to social distance while inside flood shelters!) When you combine that with dwindling resources and a synergistic interaction between disasters causing a non-linear acceleration in atmospheric warming itself the only possible solution will be and is deployment of already existing technology for removing carbon directly from the atmosphere. The only component missing is the will of human beings to organize behind this endeavor.
The danger behind giving money to organizations like the NRDC and the Center for Biological Diversity, etc. is that they are siphoning off the public will necessary to do this. People think they’re actually doing something (which they would be if this was the 1970s or we were already passed the Climate deadline in the mid-20s 30s) but unfortunately all those efforts are going to be steamrolled over unless we get some form of land or ocean based direct carbon capture (Or possibly solar radiation management though this appears to upset too many people) set up.
As for me after completing the rewrite of Climate Deadline 2035 and with a legal brief submitted to the International Criminal Court there’s not much more I can do without funding. Hopefully, you will have contacts and resources. What we really need are to get some folks with high visibility campaigning for direct carbon capture. I have discovered over the years you have to know someone who knows those people or you physically have to go to where they are and try to meet with them and for that you need financial resources. I’ve already spent all mine campaigning for this over the past several years.
So it’s all hands on deck and good luck to everyone.
OCEAN ASSISTED CARBON CAPTURE & REFLECTION – AN OPTIMUM CLIMATE ENGINEERING SOLUTION
THIS IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL – LEARN MORE AND LET’S GET GET IN THIS FIGHT!
Climate Deadline 2035 by Dr. Christian R. Komor
Climate Deadline 2035: 2020 Edition (read first chapter free)
World Resources Institute – Carbon Removal
The Earth Institute: Columbia University – Sustainability
Climate Decision Making Center
NASA Global Climate Change
Development of Carbon Dioxide Removal Systems
The Carbon Cycle
MIT D.A.R.E. Contest Proposals for Direct Carbon Removal
Climate Decision Making Center
The Carbon X Prize
The Virgin Earth Challenge
U.N. Climate Change Summit
Extinction Rebellion US
US Climate Foundation
How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong
CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035 – ALL NEW, REVISED, NON-PROFIT, AND AVAILABLE ON ALL AMAZON FORMATS
With an unerring track record predicting the twists and turns of the global warming saga, Climate Adviser Dr. Christian R. Komor’s Climate Deadline 2035 has become a quiet standard for knowing what our next move will be in countering the climate crisis. Continually updated with research from this rapidly evolving crisis, the JUST RELEASED 2020 Edition addresses: Why we must reduce atmospheric carbon below 350 ppm before fast-developing ecological feedback-loops close our window of opportunity; How focusing on renewable energy, carbon credits and sustainability too soon is leading us deeper into a trap; Why our children’s only hope of avoiding a horrific future is through removing carbon directly from our atmosphere while increasing solar reflectivity; What safe, sane and even profitable Emergency Climate Engineering technologies now exist ready to be scaled-up; Why establishing a UN Environmental Council (UNEC) with the UN Environment Program (UNEP) to operationalize Emergency Climate Engineering is the only way of reacting rapidly enough to the global warming threat and avoid Climate Deadline 2035; Why so many people are still sitting on their hands in this moment of peril and why (as in our previous World Wars) all of us must pitch in or we will all lose everything.
If you are feeling anxious, uncertain or powerless about climate change, Climate Deadline 2035 will provide the hope, and answers you and your family need to navigate our Climate Emergency and carve out your own role in restoring a future to our children and promise for future generations.
WHY READ A BOOK ON CLIMATE CHANGE BY A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Global warming has not become an emergency due to a lack of science – we have been collecting massive amounts of data on atmospheric disruption for half a century! Climate Change and its tremendous cost is in the news every day now, overshadowing all other human problems. Neither are we in need of more solutions – we have the capability for removing carbon form the atmosphere and reducing solar radiation right now today. What we are missing is the fighting spirit we had in previous World War Efforts……. and that’s about psychology!
Doctor of Psychology and Climate Analyst Dr. Christian R. Komor began a 30-year career in public service after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University in 1989. In the mid-1990’s Dr. Komor founded one of the largest private, multidisciplinary, healthcare centers in Western Michigan. The release of Dr. Komor’s first book, “The Power of Being” (1992) provided a forewarning of, and solutions for, the building environmental and social crisis which has now manifested a Climate Emergency. Now the author of over two dozen books, Dr. Komor retrained under Vice President Al Gore and leading climate scientists, ran for Arizona Governor on a fierce climate platform in 2018, and in 2019 became chief litigant in a Federal District Court to compel the United States to research, select and deploy Emergency Climate Engineering.
SPECIFIC THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY
I encourage you to think of Climate Deadline 2035 the way you would a book on exercise and fitness. It’s not going to do much good if you just read the book. The results come from putting what you have learned into action! If the ideas below aren’t enough or you don’t know where to start just get in touch and we will assist!
1) Contact your representatives in the Federal and State House and Senate to demand the for a committee to explore DARE as a safe, rapid and effective solution to global warming.
2) Make a donation of $25, $50, $75 or $100 to support the effort to promote DARE/SRM. I suggest everyone donate 5 hours a week and 5 percent of each paycheck to promote DARE/SRM.
3) Cut and paste the information here and share about DARE/SRM on all your social media networks. If you have an email list of friends and family send them. (So many people today are feeling hopeless and fearful regarding Climate Change. You will be doing a great service letting those you care about know there is something they can do to solve the problem.)
4) Write and article, blog or letter to the editor for your workplace or social group or even you local newspaper.
6) If your already involved with environmental organizations let them know about DARE. Many still mistakenly believe recycling programs and alternative energy will be enough to get us past the current emergency.
7) Extinction Rebellion (XR) has emerged recently as an important Climate Change organization that needs to hear about DARE/SRM and be encouraged to work with the United Nations. If you have access, share what you have learned!
8) Younger people are waking up to the travesty Climate Change means for them. Give talks based on this book at schools, colleges, youth groups, a local YMCA.
9) If you have contact with a high-visibility individual (a movie or recording artist or other famous person) talk to them about what they can do to promote DARE and SRM and, or refer them to talk with our team.
10) The sky really is the limit – if you think about it you nothing to lose and everything to gain. Write a book, run for governor, file a lawsuit in District Court 🙂
11) Without getting too political, it is essential to be aware that runaway corporate activity is primarily responsible for damaging our climate. To prevent a re-occurrence, we must ensure that the solutions we pursue are directed by the public. We must find ways to strengthen representative government and remove corporate influence from government even as we build the platform for carbon removal.
12) Fossil fuel companies are crucial. They have the resources and the duty to implement DARE/SRM. They know resources are running out and are the feeling pressure. Converting their use from the conventional “dirty” consumption to 90 percent efficient CCS consumption would benefit everyone. Currently Sunoco is the only oil company that has signed the CERES (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies) principles, is a Global Sullivan Principles Signatory, and has a non-discrimination policy. Sunoco is also a BELC (Business Environmental Leadership Council) member, and they have officially stated that they acknowledge that Climate Change is affecting our planet adversely. By contrast, a Harvard University analysis of hundreds of ExxonMobil documents found that the company deliberately tried to hide the truth about the direct connection between carbon emissions and global warming.
13) It’s VERY important that you get involved in a group working on climate change! Everyone should be! Think of it this way – If everyone went off to fight WWII on their own without joining the military the outcome is easy to guess. As was true with that crisis we need to organizing groups to keep our focus on what needs to be done and stay in action. Also, most organizations are still stuck in the renewable-sustainable version of the future that is NOT going to work. Tell them what you have learned here about Climate-Engineering and convince them to start a exploratory committee or to immediately push for the establishment of a program for Direct Atmospheric Removal of Excess-Carbon and Solar Radiation Management. There is strength in numbers and this is the only way this is going to get done! Here is the list.
American Farmland Trust
American Horticultural Society
American Oceans Campaign
African Wildlife Federation
Center for Marine Conservation
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition
Defenders of Wildlife
Earthhope Action Network
Environmental Working Group
Extinction Rebellion XR
Friends of the Earth
International Wildlife Coalition
League of Conservation Voters
Museum of Science, Boston,
National Audubon Society
National Environmental Trust
National Geographic Society
National Parks Conservation Association
National Religious Partnership for the Environment
National Resources Defense Council
National Tribal Environmental Council
National Wildlife Federation
Nature and Environmental Writers
New Mexico Environment Law Center
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Rainforest Action Network
Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)
Trust for Public Land
Union of Concerned Scientists
Wildlife Conservation Society
World Resources Institute
World Watch Institute
World Wildlife Fund
14) Don’t underestimate the emotions and psychological challenges of coming to terms with our Climate Emergency. Try not to isolate – share your feelings with someone. There are also a great many opinions, approaches and beliefs out there – including about the role of our government and corporations in Climate Change. (A friend recently shared his belief that there are many businesses our there that welcome Climate Change because governments and individuals will be buying their products to cope and mitigate the problems!) We need to stay proactively focused on the first goal which is Solar Radiation Management and Direct Atmospheric Removal of Excess Carbon. This is a war and in war we need to not get pulled off course by emotions, other perfectly reasonable considerations, other people’s agendas, etc. either we accomplish the goal, or we do not. We must stay below 450 ppm and then become sustainable. That’s it.
The ability to process information and make decisions without being disabled by extreme emotional responses is threatened by climate change. Some emotional response is normal, and even negative emotions are a necessary part of a fulfilling life. In the extreme case, however, they can interfere with our ability to think rationally, plan our behavior, and consider alternative actions.
An extreme weather event can be a source of trauma, and the experience can cause disabling emotions. More subtle and indirect effects of climate change can add stress to people’s lives in varying degrees. Whether experienced indirectly or directly, stressors to our climate translate into impaired mental health that can result in depression and anxiety (USGCRP, 2016). Although everyone is able to cope with a certain amount of stress, the accumulated effects of compound stress can tip a
person from mentally healthy to mentally ill. Even uncertainty can be a source of stress and a risk factor for psychological distress (Greco & Roger, 2003). People can be negatively affected by hearing about the negative experiences of others, and by fears—founded or unfounded—about their own potential vulnerability.
Following disasters, damage to social or community infrastructural components, such as food systems and medical services, results in many acute consequences for psychological well-being. In contrast, gradual impacts of climate change, like changes in weather patterns and rising sea levels, will cause some of the most resounding chronic psychological consequences.
Acute and chronic mental health effects include the following:
• Trauma and shock
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Compounded stress
• Strains on social relationships
• Substance abuse
• Aggression and violence
• Loss of personally important places
• Loss of autonomy and control
• Loss of personal and occupational identity
• Feelings of helplessness, fear, fatalism, nostalgia, and eco-anxiety
In order to support individuals’ success in becoming resilient, the following are tips to consider that address personal attributes and support social cohesion:
• Build belief in one’s own resilience.
• Foster optimism.
• Cultivate active coping and self-regulation.
• Find a source of personal meaning.
• Boost personal preparedness.
• Support social networks.
• Encourage connection to parents, family, and other role models.
• Uphold connection to place.
• Maintain connections to one’s culture
Climate solutions not only improve the quality of our air and food but also enhance our cognitive abilities and strengthen our mental health.
• Physical commuting, such as biking or walking, can reduce stress and other mental illnesses, as well as improve cognitive function and academic performance.
• Public transportation invigorates community mental health by creating opportunities and networks to increase community cohesion.
• Green spaces reduce people’s stress levels and promote positive social interactions.
• Clean energy benefits lung function in children and can help prevent.
• Symptoms of anxiety and depression that are brought on by pollution.
15) We suggest you sit down with those close to you and brainstorm ways of assisting with Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection. No contribution is too small or too large in this time of world crisis. If you need ideas contact us.
Most Importantly – If you feel the information in the book is important pass it on to everyone you know including all your social networks. I did not feel there was time to spend many months securing a publisher, so this book is self-published on Amazon. That means no one sees it unless they hear about it or happen to run into it doing a search. I believe we need this information to “go viral” and only you can make that happen!”
Peace in Your Heart and Fortune in Your Steps,
Dr. Christian R. Komor, Climate Repair Advocate
Author, “Climate Deadline 2035”