“It is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice” - Albert Einstein
Professor Einstein could easily have been referring to the difficulty of choosing the best approach toward reducing and stopping carbon emissions.
Approaching the end of a year that’s gone by quickly in the accelerating world of climate activity, Saving Our Planet wishes to reflect with its friends and supporters on the actions taken and to be taken to mitigate climate disruption.
At the December UN Climate Action Summit in New York, 77 countries committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. A tiny percentage of these commitments have actually been enshrined in the countries’ national laws, but in most cases, detailed plans haven’t been prepared.
In the latest International Energy Agency’s report incorporating, countries’ declared policy intentions and targets, the rise in carbon dioxide emissions will slow, but will still climb by 6% through to 2040! To achieve the desired results of the Paris agreement, an annual worldwide reduction of emissions would require approximately 5.6% greenhouse gas reduction every year from today to 2050. This was effectively the number that Saving Our Planet published two years ago. To put this into perspective, worldwide we would need the equivalent of one new nuclear reactor every day until 2050, to replace the oil, coal and gas. You decide if this is likely.
Clearly, there is a contradiction between the commitments and the predicted results. Saving Our Planet is working toward helping people understand why, and what would need to be done. Governments can enter treaties, pass laws, collect and spend money. We at Saving Our Planet can’t do those things, but we can educate. This is what we do. We call this “Inclusive Education” which consists of transmitting knowledge in a variety of ways. We know the differences between a goal and an actual plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, because we understand the science, are guided by it, and can separate it from “auctions of promises” (especially when elections are looming). To resolve problems, people need to know the realities.
We write topical blogs that deal with current climate events. Sometimes we criticize, sometimes we compliment, and sometimes we just inform. We have campaigns, such as our Exit Coal Now action, and N0CO2 which absorbs CO2 by planting trees. We coauthor scientific papers and participate in the Global Initiative to Save Our Climate, an international collaboration where scientists and engineers share the knowledge needed to address the climate challenges.
We have recently established climate teaching partnerships with schools in France, Germany, and Nigeria. These activities are planned to begin next year and will be expanded as soon as possible. We have developed a freely consultable scientific document library. We provide a series of interactive charts and models that include real-time monitoring of CO2 content in electricity production on a country-by-country basis, localized sea level rise in different coastal areas, real-time worldwide wind intensity and direction, and more to come.
Most recently, we’ve been examining the potentially immense value of En-ROADS, an extremely sophisticated climate solutions simulation model that’s easy to use and is built on the latest climate mitigation science. Imagine being able to test hypotheses without having to filter out ideology? En-ROADS, developed by MIT, is used by students, academics, world leaders, businessmen, the UN and the White House of former president Obama. You’ll hear more about this from us.
Saving Our Planet has always recognized that industrialized countries are most unlikely to achieve their GHG reduction and clean air commitments without following the advice of the IPCC, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the OECD, and hundreds of energy and climate scientists who have all declared that it cannot be done without a considerable amount of nuclear energy. Functioning nuclear plants need to be kept running, and new ones built.
We support these recommendations directly and in a coalition with other international organizations including Environmental Progress, Nukeleria, Energy for Humanity, Sauvons le Climat, Gisoc, Les Voix du Nucléaire, and a host of others under the umbrella of the Nuclear Pride Coalition. Since our first “fete” in Munich last year, the Nuclear Pride Coalition has grown to have a presence in 32 major cities worldwide.