Samples from recent comments

 

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This website is a meeting place for everyone working to prevent one or more of these threats: war and weapons / global warming / famine / pandemics / radioactive contamination / cyberattacks.

We invite you to describe, in the expandable suggestion box below, your best proposal for saving the world from one of these threats. If our curator agrees that it’s promising, we’ll put it into the suitable comment column and notify you by email so you can watch for replies.

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How to Save the World

We have 32 Comments Columns for discussing these six threats and our 25 proposed solutions (the “planks” in our “Platform for Survival”).

Above is a slide show with some samples from recent comments. Click to read them in full. To reply or add your own remarks, follow the posting instructions at the bottom of the article.

Also, please read the Platform for Survival below, an explanatory article, and a comment column or two. See our list of relevant resources, including videos from our weekly talk shows and monthly Global Town Halls.


The Platform for Survival

Navigation key: Click on the circled letter A to read an article; click on the letter C to read comments.

War and Weapons A C

1. All states owning or hosting nuclear weapons shall immediately de-alert them and commit to no-first-use. A C
2. All states, including those in NATO, shall sign, ratify, and within 10 years comply with the TPNW1Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. A C
3. All states shall reduce their militaries and not plan war for “national security.” A C
4. All states shall develop a UN Emergency Peace Service to protect civilians and respond to crises. A C
5. All states shall ratify and fully implement the Arms Trade Treaty. A C
6. UN Convention on CCW2The “Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons” is the body that can negotiate rules banning “killer robots.” and all states shall prohibit developing or deploying lethal autonomous weapons. A C

Global Warming A C

7. All states shall swiftly adopt maximally stringent efficiency standards for cars, trucks, ships, and aircraft. A C
8. The International Code Council3The International Code Council is an association with over 64,000 members. It develops model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Some countries use its standards instead of developing their own. About 40 percent of emissions come from existing buildings, which could be 80% more efficient. Currently, design is done with consideration for payback by cost from utility savings. However, higher carbon fuels cost less right now than renewable energy, so buildings are being built to use fossil fuels instead of lower carbon fuel sources. They are not designed to be ready to use renewable energy sources. shall adopt stringent performance-based building codes. A C
9. All states shall adopt norms and procedures for the production, recovery, and recycling of materials. A C
10. All states shall accelerate R&D of HVDC4Research and Development of High voltage direct current electric grids electric grids, energy storage, and Demand System Management. A C
11. All states shall incorporate environmental considerations in developing national dietary food guides. A C
12. All states shall negotiate to preserve and protect forests and enhance carbon sinks. A C

Famine A C

13. All states shall accelerate SDG5Sustainable Development Goals efforts to end poverty and enable all to obtain food and potable water. A C
14. All states shall support improvements of soil health for resilient food production and carbon sequestration. A C

Pandemics A C

15. WHO shall promote nations’ use of Incident Management System6“Incident Management System” is an approach to disaster management developed by firefighters. for early detection and response to pandemics. A C
16. UN shall adopt a ‘one health approach’ integrating veterinary and environmental science7Pandemics often result from contact between humans and animals, whereby a virus jumps from an animal to a person. This risk is increasing because people are cutting down forests and living closer to the animals they displace, and because global warming enables some animals and insects to move into formerly temperate zones. to mitigate pandemics. A C

Radioactive Contamination A C

17. All states shall shift rapidly to effective generation of electricity by using renewable energy.*8This plank recognizes that phasing out all nuclear power plants, including subsidies and uranium mining, may be an outcome in the future. A C
18. All states shall prioritize the long-term control and safe storage of radioactive wastes, with public review. A C

Cyber Risks A C

19. The UN shall declare cyberspace a peaceful commons and create a binding treaty for international cyber norms. A C
20. Manufacturers of ICT9Information and communications technology hardware and software shall be liable for negligent security failures that cause harm. A C

Enabling Measures A C

21. All states shall support SDGs; tax wealth and financial transactions; and redistribute funds equitably.10Actors: The April 2017 version of the Security & Sustainability Guide (SSG) identifies 52 finance organizations: G7 and G20, the Bretton Woods organizations (IMF, World Bank),the Belmont Forum (of funding agencies), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, World Economic Forum (Davos), Climate Bonds Initiative, European Investment Bank, OECD’s Financial Action Task Force, Global Innovation Fund, Green Climate Fund (UNFCCC), UN Financing for Development), Green Investment Bank (UK), and the UNEP Finance Initiative; and The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. Actions include: Tobin tax, universal financial transactions tax, convening World conference to design a global financial architecture, including agreement on taxing wealth and redistribution. Canada’s Just Transition Task Force is now getting underway. A C
22. All multilateral institutions shall heed the demands of international civil society alliances for justice.11Actors: World Social Forum, LEAP, Climate Action International, ecumenical and interfaith coalitions, CCIC, IUCN and other INGOs. A C
23. Sub-national governments and non-state actors shall exercise leadership in solving global problems.12The Bretton Woods organizations (IMF, World Bank),the Belmont Forum (of funding agencies), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, World Economic Forum (Davos), Climate Bonds Initiative, European Investment Bank, OECD’s Financial Action Task Force , Global Innovation Fund, Green Climate Fund (UNFCCC), UN Financing for Development), Green Investment Bank (UK), and the UNEP Finance Initiative; and The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. Actions: Use opportunities available around meetings and processes of organizations like G7, G20, UNFCCC, UNGA, ECOSOC, WTO, IMF, World Bank annual meetings, World Economic Forum, national governments. Actors: C40, ICLEI, World Parliament of Mayors, Mayors for Peace, UNFCCC, UN Habitat, UN Global Compact Cities Programme, and 100 Resilient Cities (a $100m initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation), Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Urban Institute, The Urban Renaissance Institute at the University of Toronto. A C
24. Investors and regulators shall compel all businesses to comply with the U.N. Global Compact.13Actors: Business-led Groups such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Ethical Groups such as the UN’s Global Compact, Broadened Accounting Groups seeking new and appropriate measures, Certifying Organizations, Green Investing Groups, Sustainability Consultants, and Green Business Publishing, OHCHR-Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Stock Market disclosures; Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), G20, Trade Agreements, OECD, WEF. A C
25. Social movements and states shall prioritize Sustainable Common Security14Sustainable Common Security priorities are: to develop a common agenda that covers immediate threats, underlying causes and long-term consequences; to build bridges of understanding, support and solidarity in a movement of movements; to address shared global challenges; and, to counter the national security narrative of nuclear deterrence and further preparation for war, with steps toward a more effective peace system.
Actions might include: work for military transformation, economic conversion and progressive UN reform including a UN Emergency Peace Service, a UN Parliamentary Assembly, the strengthening of the International Criminal Court and support for equal participation of women in all UN processes and decision making to address shared global challenges
to address shared global challenges. A C

Fatal combinations

When dealing with a system, it can be easier to solve the whole combination of problems together than any one of them singly. That is true when one of the problems is causing most of the other problems. If you solve it, the others will be easy. So it’s important to prioritize—to choose which issues to work on and in which order. Afterward we may all keep specializing in solving a single small part of the problem, but we’ll understand how the parts fit together as a big picture. When you’re working on a jigsaw puzzle, it helps to see the picture on the box lid and get a notion as to where each piece may belong. So, this course is meant to be like a picture on the box of our huge puzzle called “How to save the world.” Read more here…


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