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Re: Extinction Rebellion ramps up civil disobedience to deliberately get in people's faces
Matt Eaton, 7 August 2019, ABC News Online
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-07/extinction-rebellion-get-in-your-face-annoyance-tactics/11388530
 
 
Dear Erin,
 
I read this article with interest.
 
In this Email I point out how the Extinction Rellellion can achieve success.
 
If you like this Email, you are welcome to share it around.
 
If you agree with it, we can pursue this discussion.
 
I suggest that the real “Rebellion” will be quite different, if we wish to avoid “Extinction."
 
We travel to the United States and Sweden in October to pursue this discussion.
 
We would be willing to travel to Queensland, before or after our trip, to engage in this debate.
 
The fate of the Earth, along with whether we survive, hangs on what we do now.
 
We may have no more than ten years to get our act for survival together.
 
I fear that we may only have this year to get our survival show on the road.
 
When I look a the photo in the story [Fig.1], I see that one message gets repeated, that “There is no planet B". [Fig.2]
 
Is this an accurate and true statement?
 
In one way, yes it is.
 
In another way, no it isn’t.
 
Half a century ago a photo was sent from the Moon that inspired the modern environmental movement, with the aim and mission to save planet A, the Earth. [Fig.3]
 
So why has the global environmental movement totally failed to keep this Earth safe?
 
Look at the track record.
 
The sixth great extinction, now underway and set ro clear out so many species of life on this planet, we can wonder if the ecological web will be ripped to shreds.
 
That was the concern that I found in the 1980s, when I began seeking ways for humans to live in harmony with Mother Nature on Earth.
 
Environmental concerns cannot ignore the nuclear threat to life on Earth, and be real.
 
We have so far survived nuclear war, which could leave this planet a radiactive dead cinder rock in space.
 
How long will our nuclear luck last?
 
With so much conflict along the nuclear line of fire, from Ukraine, through Syria, with Iran, and India-Pakistan, the South China Sea, Taiwan, the East China Sea, and then North Korea.
 
Just a spark …… that’s all it would take.
 
Australia is not safe from chaos, with only 28 days fuel reserves, which could be disrupted at sea.
 
Then the carbon crisis grabs our attention, driven by burning too much fossil fuel for too long.
 
I have been investigating this problem since 2007, and I am alarmed, because I see that the situation has gone way too far into the extinction zone.
 
James Hansen deifined the problem over a decade ago, that we need to have atmospheric CO2 below 350 parts per million (ppm), to keep planet temperature rise under 1.5C. [1]
 
Do we have a carbon problem?
 
350 ppm CO2 was a level that we sailed past in the 1980s.
 
All the CO2 added to the air since the 1980s, is future heat Rise above 1.5C.
 
Is that correct?
 
So how high will the temperature go, and how soon?
 
James Lovelock revealed an interesting detail about the Solar System, that the Sun is now 35 percent hotter than at its birth 4.5 billion years ago. [2]
 
Considering how sensitive the Earth System is, Lovelock fears that the Earth system can make a sudden shift to a permanently hotter environment.
 
If this is our plight, right now, then we are sitting on a carbon time bomb, and one that could explode on us at any moment.
 
We don't know how much time we have to act, but whatever action we take, it needs to be mighty effective ….. and rapid.
 
We need to apply every tool in the kit, if we would like to survive.
 
With survival secured, then we can look at all ways to win back a safe Earth.
 
We must do the two together, but without survival, our options fall to zero.
 
When researching for his long article, An Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells found climate scientists wondering about the Great Filter theory, as an explanation on where we are heading with this planet's climate emergency. [3]
 
The Great Filter theory raises the question of an event in the progress of a planet civilization, that tumbles them into extinction, before they can secure a survival presence in space.
 
If this is why we see no sight or hear any sound of any alliance intelligence in the Universe, do we now have a message from the stars that we need to get really smart, and really fast, or simply run the risk of adding to the eerie silence.
 
In my 2006 document, Creating a Solar Civilization, I explore how simple it is for a planet civilization to reach every star in the galaxy, in the blink of a cosmic eye, once they have a survival presence in space, and all at the speed of a solar sail. [4]
 
That is why I take the Great Filter theory quite seriously.
 
If planet civilizations have a really bad habit of burning too much fossil fuel too fast, bringing on a carbon crisis, triggering a heat spike, delivering extinction, then we need to know about that.
 
We have one case example, and here we are ….. but for how long?
 
If this is our reality, then cutting carbon emissions will be too little, and way too late.
 
Are we now be living on borrowed time?
 
What can we do?
 
Are you familiar with this statement from the 1970s ~ "If this development comes to pass, we will find ourselves here on Earth with a clean energy source, and we will further improve our environment by saving, each year, over a billion tons of fossil fuels”. [5]
 
“This development” was first proposed by Dr Peter Glaser in 1968, to build solar power stations in space, and beam the energy to Earth for terrestrial power grids.
 
By harvesting the power of the Sun in space, we would have been in position to avoid the carbon crisis, totally.
 
Space was the key to saving the Earth.
 
How much power does the Sun have?
 
As pointed out, it has enough power to kill off our life on Earth, with a heat spike.
 
Our star has so much fuel in reserve, it will burn fiercely over the next 5 billion years, until expanding to the orbit of the Earth as a red giant star.
 
That is basic astronomy for a star like our Sun.
 
Our star is a virtually infinite energy well.
 
I suggest that the key to our survival, and to winning back a safe Earth, is to use the power of the Sun, harvested in space and beamed to Earth, to extract CO2 from the air, crack the molecule, and process extracted carbon into a useful resource for Earth and space industries.
 
With industry in space, we will be able to build an adjustable sunshade, to cool the Earth and maintain a steady temperature for life.
 
With the Sun getting hotter, our emerald planet is doomed to become a second Venus within the next billion years, but we may be about to bring that event on much sooner.
 
With a sunshade in space, we would be giving a gift to future generations, which they can improve on, to extend the tenure of life on Earth by billions of years.
 
On Venus, rocks glow in a heat that can melt lead, but the passionate planet was once more like Earth, with just as much water, and may have been a home for life, until a runaway greenhouse effect kicked in.
 
A sunshade above Venus can be the first step in the transformation of Venus into a second Earth, which would take quite a while, but can be done.
 
So, if we can transform Venus into a second Earth, what is our problem on Earth?
 
Quite simply, we have neglected our space options, thinking that we can play on Earth as if there is no tomorrow.
 
Now we face the dooms-day of our hubris.
 
And yet, in space Venus would only be a hobby.
 
The main game in space, for human survival, is the building of orbital space habitats generating an Earth gravity via rotation. [6]
 
This approach to space was first proposed by the Princeton physics professor, Gerard K. O’Neill, with a peer-reviewed study published [7], and later in a book, The High Frontier. [5]
 
With resources beyond Earth, we can build land area in space and across the Solar System many thousands of times that of Earth.
 
There are near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, as many asteroids again in the orbital La Grange areas of Jupiter, along with literally trillions of objects scattered across the Solar System, which extends near half way to the nearest star with the Oort Cloud.
 
What is the cost of space development?
 
Considerable, to begin with, but later, zero.
 
What is the value of human survival?
 
What is the worth of winning back a safe Earth?
 
How space development can later be zero is an odd bonus in space.
 
Once a sustainable industrial presence is secured beyond Earth, and there will be no further cost to Earth.
 
In this future, which we can work on now, we can design a stellar economy that is free of poverty, where all citizens have a career, work, income and a home, both in space and on Earth.
 
This would be the path to world peace.
 
Space is the key to peace.
 
What would be the cost of securing a sustainable industrial presence in space?
 
Say it is a trillion dollars, and if an Earth-space movement decided to raise that kind of money, how could this happen?
 
30 cents a day.
 
Yep.
 
Invite a billion people to contibute 30 cents a day, and over ten years, this will be over a trillion dollars.
 
If we can do that, much more can be raised, to create an amazing future, both on Earth and among the stars.
 
This is the choice in our hands now, while on Earth alone, we are killing the life of this planet.
 
But from space, we can secure our cosmic survival and save the Earth.
 
For half a century space has been rejected as an option, and look where we are now ….. on the cusp of extinction ….. literally.
 
Continue the Earth-only strategy, and extinction will be delivered ….. resoundingly ….. I look ahead and see it coming.
 
By the environmental movement focusing on Earth alone from 1968, they became the best friends of the fossil fuel moguls, because they offered no real competition to fossil fuel.
 
That is exactly how we got deep into the carbon crisis.
 
The Extinction Rebellion is the latest face of a losing war, that may simply deliver extinct rebels, as the Great Filter sets to work on us.
 
We are in a war, and to win, we need to lift our game, from planet extinction, to cosmic survival, so as to win peace in space and on Earth, and displace conflict with creativity among the stars.
 
There is the real Extinction Rebellion.
 
There is the fight that has been avoided for half a century.
 
We, the people of Earth, can win back a safe Earth, but not on Earth alone.
 
That may be the message from the eerie silence of the stars that we need to hear, and learn from.
 
As Einstein once said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
 
As Steve Jobs said, “Think different.”
 
As the poet Dylan Thomas wrote in 1947 …..
"Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
 
I suggest that Earth and space campaigners need to join forces, if we love this Earth, if we want life, if we value survival.
 
The alternative is extinction on a hot Earth gone to hell.
 
Imagine a billion people demanding action on survival, and the winning back of a safe Earth.
 
With space in the mix, this is all possible.
 
With space excluded, we face extinction.
 
Did you read this statement ….. "Nothing inspires people like space does.” [8]
 
Space was the key in 1968, when the Earthrise photo inspire so many.
 
Space is the key now.
 
Will we use the space key to survive, and also win back a safe Earth?
 
Or, will we be stubborn and stumble into extinction?
 
Survival is by far more fun, enabling life, prosperity and creativity.
 
Extinction is a dead end.
 
What do we choose?
 
The greatest fantasy in human history is the belief that we can solve all Earth’s strife on Earth alone.
 
We now face the consequence of walking that fantasy into reality.
 
To save the Earth, any plan needs to include survival.
 
On Earth alone, human survival is at terminal risk.
 
With survival there is no scope for political point scoring: there is only survival.
 
Our fate and future now hinge on how we work our path to survival.
 
I live in hope that people will start waking up.
 
How does survival work for you?
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Kim Peart

 
 
ABOUT Kim Peart ~

Kim Peart was born in Adelaide in 1952, raised in Tasmania, engaged in environmental studies in 1975, and began investigated space options in 1976. Prompted by farm animal welfare and deeper environmental concerns, in 1993 he wrote a short paper called Keys to Survival. [Fig.4] Engaging in local environmental activities, in January 2007 Kim was included in “The A List” by the Mercury newspaper in Tasmania, which featured 200 movers and shakers, at 115 in regard to, “An urban bushland conservationist who has worked tirelessly over the years to maintain walking tracks and protect wildlife from the encroachment of bush-front housing developments.” In 2006 Kim wrote a document called Creating a Solar Civilization, tackling the basic questions of human survival in the context of the Solar System as a whole. In the years to follow he worked on the shape of a global movement of people interested in our cosmic survival, and winning back a safe Earth. In 2011 Kim founded Space Pioneers, in collaboration with Dr Jennifer Bolton, to pursue this investigation. The conclusions are found in his 2018 document, The Message. [9] Kim is now working on a book, in the form of a discussion, exploring questions of survival, world peace, global equity, space prosperity, and the creative potential of life among the stars. Anyone wishing to engage in the debate can contact Kim at ~ SpacePioneers@iinet.net.au
 
 
 
REFERENCES ~
 
[1] Storms of My Grandchildren
James Hansen, 2009, Bloomsbury
 
[2] The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning
James Lovelock, 2009, Penguin
 
[3] The Uninhabitable Earth
David Wallace-Wells, 9 July 2017, New York Magazine
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html?utm_campaign=nym&utm_medium=s1&utm_source=fb
 
[4] Creating a Solar Civilization
Kim Peart, 2006, revised in 2012 with the assistance of Dr Jennifer Bolton, Space Pioneers website
http://spacepioneers.com.au/articles/casc.html
 
[5] The High Frontier 
Gerard K. O’Neill, 1977, William Morrow, page 162
 
[6] Kalpana One
fragomatik, 2013


Interior View of Kalpana One Space Settlement
Bryan Versteeg Studios Inc.
 
[7] The Colonization of Space
Gerard K. O’Neill, September 1974, Physics Today
 
[8] South Australia beats strong competition to be home to Australia's new space agency
Leah MacLennan & Caroline Winter, 12 December 2019, ABC News Online
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-11/australian-space-agency-to-be-based-in-adelaide/10608202
 
[9] The Message
 
 
Fig.1
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Fig.2
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Fig.3 ~ Earthrise photo, 1968, NASA
SP-IMAGE-EarthRise-6Jun2015.jpg 

Fig.4 ~ Article on Keys to Survival
BOOK-SiOH-KeysToSurvival-8Jun2019.jpg 


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