I have nothing to add to this… thought it was excellent. Actually, she is somewhat joking but it is no joke. I’d suggest that even her most radical suggestions should be implemented and probably much, much more. The fact is we past the time for moderate measures 10 years ago. We’ve waited far to long and at this point even drastic measures are not enough.
My Climate Change “Action Plan”: “Since it is becoming increasingly obvious that there will be no binding agreement in Copenhagen next month about how to achieve necessary greenhouse gas emission reductions, I thought I would propose my own binding climate change mitigation strategy. Why not, eh? Members of the so-called ‘developed’ world seem to need a little direction in the matter, a little gentle urging perhaps. So here goes. By the way, I haven’t decided if I’m joking or not.
Benign Dictator Theresa’s ‘My Way or the Fry-way’ Climate Change Action Plan
All international and national sporting competitions will cease immediately. That includes the Olympics. All that travel is totally unnecessary and wasteful. Everyone bike/walk to your local sporting venue instead and support your local kids competing out of a sense of fun, rather than a sense of ‘when-will-I-get-that-Nike-endorsement’ greed.
Politicians, business people, you are heretofore directed to use conference calls and webcams. All your jet-fueled travel is canceled. Your ‘leadership’ isn’t helping anyway.
Tropical and other ‘must-have’ vacations, same goes: canceled. There’s lots do see and do within walking/biking distance of where you live. And if you need that much distraction in your life you have bigger problems anyway.
The Las Vegas strip is closed until further notice. Same goes for all other similar locations worldwide. Way too much electricity used for no good reason. Not to mention setting a really, really bad example on so many levels. (November 27 addendum: Thanks Dubai, for getting right on that.)
Sorry race fans, NASCAR, Formula 1, etc., canceled. Those fossil fuels are needed for other things. Get a pedal bike or a canoe and race that.
Everyone will be vegetarian and like it, so there.
Every household will be required to have and tend a food-bearing vegetable garden. If you have no yard, a community garden plot within walking/biking distance will be found and/or reclaimed for you (i.e., uncovering the soil under now-unneeded parking lots, etc). Seeds and gardening implements will be provided. Gardening/Cooking/Preserving classes will be taught to young and old, in your local community by cool people like Sharon Astyk and her many minions.
Work weeks will heretofore be limited to 4 days out of 7.
Two days a week will be mandatory car-free days. You need to work in your garden, or volunteer, or take a Preserving class, or take a nap, or have some local fun on those days anyway.
Cheap plastic crap will no longer be manufactured or sold. If we’re expending resources to manufacture things, those things will be useful and built to last.
Get ready for it: Oil sands operations will be reduced by 50% immediately. We will use natural gas as a primary fuel, rather than using it as part of the tarsands extraction process. No new coal-fired electricity plants and 50% of existing ones will be shut down. All nuclear plants will be shut down, effective immediately. The precautionary principle will be the guiding principle from now on, period. All subsidies to fossil fuel industries will be entirely re-directed to renewables, effective immediately. All buildings will be retrofitted with these cool solar panel shingles.
Carbon/Greenhouse gas emissions will be capped on a per capita basis, to ensure that the 350 ppm goal is reached in the next 10 years, or maybe 5 years, I haven’t decided. The cap will be the same for everybody, regardless of geographical location, income, celebrity status, or political office. If this means you have to reduce your consumption down to 10% of what it is now, get used to it. Fair is fair. Compliance will be enforced by whatever nefarious means I deem suitable.
Oh, and no one has any more kids until all the kids around the world in orphanages or on the streets have been adopted. ‘Something’ has been ‘put in the water’ already.
Really, compared to that, would it be so difficult to get something together at Copenhagen? I am being generally facetious and sarcastic with (some) of these points, but come on! It doesn’t take that much planning and it is not a hardship to cut down electricity consumption by half, and in our household we’ve managed to cut back to 35% of the North American average. I realize that is just a drop in the bucket, but instead of working to increase the number of drops in the bucket, my Canadian government is just throwing out excuses and downplaying expectations before the Copenhagen meeting. It’s sickening. What passes for leadership these days is absolutely sickening.
Ok, time to make some ginger tea to reduce my nausea.
Does anyone have any ‘dream clauses’ you would like to add to this ‘action plan’?
November 20th: Friendly Amendments. The following amendments have been suggested by commenters, and are hereby incorporated into the Action Plan . I am a benign dictator after all….
Hadv’s amendment: The status quo is not good enough anymore. The time for change has come. Get used to it.
Sensible Vermonter’s amendment: Renewable power retrofits will be fully subsidized up front. Power generated by these renewable sources will be sold back to the ‘grid’ up until the subsidy is paid back, after which it will become a source of income for the homeowner.
Amber’s amendment: Household composting is mandatory. A suitably sized composter will be provided to each household free of charge. Compost can be used by the homeowner or sold back to local compost exchange stations. Barter among neighbors is encouraged. Courses on regular and humanure composting will be offered alongside the Gardening/Cooking/Preserving courses noted above.
Theresa’s afterthought amendment: In the spirit of re-localizing sporting and business events, all national and international travel for concerts, book tours, etc., will also be cancelled. Wherever you are, there are lots of talented local artists, authors, musicians and crafters who deserve your patronage.
Additional amendments and clauses remain welcome!”