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A really useful Summary of Findings of AR6:  Sixth Assessment from IPCC published August 2021.

“Code Red for Humanity”

Just Have a Think

IPCC report leaked to AFP on 24 June 2021:

The choices societies make now will determine whether our species thrives or simply survives as the 21st century unfolds, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says in a draft report seen exclusively by AFP.

By far the most comprehensive catalogue ever assembled of how climate change is upending our world, the report reads like a 4,000-page indictment of humanity’s stewardship of the planet.

 

But the document, designed to influence critical policy decisions, is not scheduled for release until February 2022—too late for crunch UN summits this year on climate, biodiversity and food systems, some scientists say.

There is very little good news in the report, but the IPCC stresses that much can be done to avoid worst-case scenarios and prepare for impacts that can no longer be averted, the final takeaway.

Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than feared: draft UN report (phys.org)

“Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene”, a recent study co-authored by Will Steffen, noted chemist, climate systems analyst, and professor of Earth System Science at Australian National University, warns of catastrophic changes to the Earth climate if current emission trends are not immediately reversed.

This is a valuable and comprehensive collection of resources on Reddit for those who would like to deepen their understanding of societal collapse in all its dimensions.
https://www.reddit.com/r/collapse/wiki/books#wiki_collapsology_101

The need for Adaptation alongside the Sixth Carbon Budget

Summary of the Climate Change Committee’s webinar
18th March 2021
Session Chair: Baroness Brown (Chair of CCC Adaptation Committee)

Go here for summary of key messages

The Need for Adaptation alongside the Sixth Carbon Budget

This event, as part of their Path to Net Zero series, considers the Climate Change Committee’s advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget, and delves into the areas where action on adaptation can and should complement steps to reduce UK emissions, resulting in multiple benefits.

‘Avoiding a Ghastly Future’ by Prof Emeritus Paul Ehrlich

1 May 2021

This is a clear, concise layout from Paul Ehrlich about the many measures of humanity’s damage to ecosystems and habitat around the world.

This talk is part of a 2021 conference, Delivering the Human Future. Produced by The Council for the Human Future.

Survey of Security Experts Warns of Potentially Catastrophic Climate Threats in the Next 20 Years

The 2021 Climate Security Risk Perception Survey was administered from February-March 2021 with responses from 57 global climate security experts working on these issues in the fields of defense and intelligence, climate and ecosystem change, and national security.

https://climateandsecurity.org/2021/04/survey-of-security-experts-warns-of-potentially-catastrophic-climate-threats-in-the-next-20-years/

Climate Impacts: The daily consequences we’re choosing to ignore

Just Have Another Think – from April 2021

International Scholars’ Warning on Societal Disruption and Collapse: December 2020

UN Sec General António Guterres – “The State of the Planet is Broken”

UN Secretary General António Guterres here gives a truly remarkable speech at Columbia University’s ‘The State of the Planet’ event in January 2021. He spoke with such clarity, command of the facts, and compassion, that it is hard to listen to him without feeling in the depth of your heart that the time has come for us all, individually and collectively, to change how we live on Earth, and how we live with one another.

A trip around the world with Robert Hunziger

Exploring abrupt eco-systems collapse happening now  in different parts of the world.

  • Antarctica – glacier, ice melt, and sea level rise
  • Australia – runaway warming, & massive bleaching across Great Barrier Reef
  • Amazon Rainforest – deforestation, climate change, fires, droughts, may already be emitting rather than sequestering carbon
  • Oceans – acidification, destruction of base of food chain, toxic algal blooms causing massive sea animal death, sea level rise
  • Greenland – glacier melt, sea level rise
  • Arctic – now emitting carbon, loss of permafrost, methane and nitrous oxide eruptions, blue-ocean events, loss of albedo effect and jet-stream changes – likely to severely impact agriculture

Highly recommend this interview with Robert Hunziger from December 2020

“Emergency on Planet Earth” Facts

Written by Dr Emily Grossman with the support of the XR Scientists community. Fact-checked and reviewed by a wide range of experts.

https://extinctionrebellion.uk/the-truth/the-emergency/

Climatologist Wolfgang Knorr

This graph shows that we’ve been trying to act for a while…  and all our attempts to reform since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 have coincided with a 60% increase in total greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s not working! 

Is Global Collapse Imminent?

Research paper by Graham Turner. The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. This research paper has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.

Is Global Collapse Imminent? (unimelb.edu.au)

The challenge goes far beyond climate change and emissions

It’s not one thing:  it’s the compound impact of all these inter-connected things happening at the same time.
We need to consider all Seven Spheres

  1. Atmosphere
  2. Biosphere
  3. Cryosphere
  4. Hydrosphere
  5. Lithosphere
  6. Pedosphere
  7. Anthroposphere

Find out more about the Seven Spheres in the Inner Green Deal podcast November 2020 https://podcast.ausha.co/inner-green-deal/issustainabilityrealistic

27 - 30 November 2021

Hunton Park Hotel, Hertfordshire

"The Edge"

A 4-day Retreat

Are you somebody who has woken up to the climate and ecological emergency we are facing?

This is a 4-day retreat for people who wish to inquire, in good company, into the question "So, what now?"

As we wake up to the interconnected predicaments facing humanity, this retreat is a way to create a clearing in the dense forest of your life, and uncover your own unique answers to the questions:

“What’s mine to do?” and

“How can I make a difference?”

There are no simple blueprints, no one right way, no universal action plans we can follow.

However, we do seem to experience ‘nudges’ from wisdom, that we can choose to trust and follow. I love to imagine that we are all weaving something together – but there are an infinite number of individual threads – and there are some that may be ours to pick up.

The immersive retreat is an opportunity to deepen your inquiry into what matters most now.

Find out more about this transformative experience here:

https://www.heartofthriving.com/event/the-edge-2/

e-mail kim@heartofthriving.com to register your interest or book a chat to help you decide whether this is a good fit for you.