President Biden's historic ifrastructure investment bill will not by itself, stop the pollution cause our demise.
We must also require - in the law - that our electricity, car and food manufacturers stop using the fossil fuels, pesticides, and fertilizers which create the pollution and destroy the soil that can absorb past pollution.
This is our production, our consumption, our pollution, and our chance for real hope!
Welcome to the Earth Bill. A promise to stop our global pollution.
As of APRIL 2021, WE HAVE 6 YEARS, 8 MONTHS until our pollution levels lock in 1.5 degrees warming. We've known for 40 years but haven't acted. 2030 is the emergency timeline.
Between 1.5 and 2 degrees, disaster events called TIPPING POINTS ensue like ocean currents that stop flowing and the ice sheets that melt entirely. Tipping points then unleash irreversible domino effects that will "fundamentally disrupt the global climate system" - the foundation of human life.
Time has run out. We must stop our pollution now. Every nation in the world must take this action.
Fix how we make electricity, cars and food. There are other pollution sources, but this is the lion's share. It's all good change and very doable if we decide to act.
We went to the moon in a decade - we can do this!
Our Electricity, Cars & Food are a huge chunk of the pollution solution! And once we have clean electricity, the other parts - commercial, residential and industry - can all go electric cutting pollution there too. This is a big deal. And the bill works by requiring Utility Company to order up 100% renewables, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal and wave. They place the order, and the private sector kicks into gear to build it. The Earth Bill is the order for 100% renewables from the people to the utilities.
We know that tilling, fertilizers and pesticides kill the soil organisms and plants that grow our food and draw carbon pollution into the ground. Estimates vary, but fixing this alone can save us from starvation and soak up a lot of pollution, which is critical, as our emissions are on track to 3-5 degrees warming. Regenerative farms are also 78% more profitable. By stopping farm emissions and healing soil, we might have a chance. But this needs to happen worldwide and that's a huge shift that starts with us.
If carbon sequestration rates attained by exemplary cases were achieved on crop and pastureland across the globe, regenerative agriculture would sequester more than our current annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions" Rodale Institute.
The proposed spending programs don't stop pollution, rather they encourage clean sources, but not on any timeline. And they don't even count or project pollution reductions. We've run out of time to kick this further down the road for political reasons. We need pollution reduction commitments on a clear timeline, or we're flying blind.
We don't know how long it'll take to transition.
To build 100% wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and wave. To upgrade transmission lines and put solar on millions of homes. To have electric car charging stations everywhere. To switch millions of farmland acres to healthy soil practices.
We don't know how fast we can stop our pollution.
So we need to get started with a deadline that matches the clock. And see how we do. If we miss the 2030 goal, we will know then. If we aim for later and miss that, it'll be too little too late. That's a timing gamble we can't afford. Not on this. We're already very late.