The Primary Directive of Earthlobbyist is to meet people who deny climate change so we can talk with them about their beliefs, where they live and vote.
This can be accomplished only by physical travel. An Earthlobbyist will visit public meetings, coffee-shop, beauty salon, diner, bar, house of worship, sports event or school and just talk with people. For this I seek sponsorship and others who will join me making this same commitment
An Earthlobbyist Job Description in 2100 Words
An Earthlobbyist advocates for the future wellbeing of the Earth as a whole, understanding that a sustainable environment is the basis of human quality of life.
Earthlobbyist is a new vocation, as it is only recently, since 1975 or so, that humans have been widely informed about the imminent demise of our natural environment due to manmade pollution. David Carr has established and begun populating #Earthlobbyist and # #CarbonNegativeNow on multiple social platforms after reading “30 Years Ago We Could Have Saved the Earth”(1) while camping in Harriman State Park, where the sense of urgency and personal obligation became stronger for Mr. Carr. Many people must now defend the Earth for the Seventh Generation, who will inherit our only home, 120 years from now. So much must be done now, as stories of extreme weather dominates all news streams. Many people must commit to help the future. We owe this to our grandchildren, No generation has had so much responsibility for stewardship and direct action as the people of today.
Time is running out for the planet we live in today.yet the problem is ignored by many. On April 22, 2016 #LeonardoDiCaprio spoke to 170 United Nations delegates , saying time is running out on climate change.
On October 7, 2018, after three years of research, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a report on the impact of 1.5 degrees Centigrade global warming. This new study says that going past 1.5 degrees centigrade will threaten Earth’s actual livability in just 12 years with more noticeable effects by 2040. The report was written and edited by 91 scientists from 40 countries who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies (2)
Bill Hare, an author of previous I.P.C.C. reports and a physicist with Climate Analytics, a nonprofit organization. “We were not aware of this just a few years ago.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was the first to be commissioned by world leaders, excluding the United States, under the 2015 Paris agreement.
The October 7, 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report discussed cutting emissions by 45% by 2030 and getting almost all of our electricity from renewables by the middle of the century. A key point of this report is that successfully limiting climate change to 1.5C includes cutting emissions and making lifestyle changes. This report says that the world doesn’t have to come up with some magic machines to curb climate change – we’ve already got all the tech we need. Why is this technology universally applied? The profit motives of existing fossil fuel barons have a lot to do with it.
The October 7, 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report says that carbon will have to be sucked out of the air by machines and stored underground by devices that exist already. Billions of trees will have to be planted – and people may have to make hard choices between using land for food or using it for energy crops, or planting trees.
Earthlobbyists must educate and illuminate individuals, policymakers, industry, and all elected representatives to make decarbonization options available, so that we can use renewable energy in everyday life every day all the time. Cutting energy demand by using less of it is a highly effective step in creating our Carbon Negative Planet. Being aware of what you eat, where it comes from, and understanding how and why you travel can impact energy use.
One commercial airliner creates more carbon than I could eliminate in years. You can convert fuel burn into Co2 by multiplying 3.157 kg Co2 per kg/fuel. A plane like a Boeing 767 uses approximately 1 gallon of Jet/A1 fuel every second, 5 gallons/mile. Over a 10-hour flight, it might burn 36,000 gallons (x 3.05 kg/gal = 109,800kg fuel weight x 3.157 kg Co2 conversion = 349,638 kg Co2) or 762, 604 pounds. How far would you have to drive an electric car to save that? A tractor trailer transporting 40,000 lbs from Boston to Los Angeles produces approximately 8700 pounds of carbon emissions. One personal flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates 2000-3000 pounds of carbon emissions per person on a fully occupied commercial airplane. Maybe truck driving is the green way to go.
Simply put, the carbon in the jet fuel combines with the oxygen in the air to produce Co2, which also gets its mass from the air. Not just the jet fuel. The carbon has a mass of 12 and makes up a certain percentage of the jet fuel mass. Oxygen has a mass of 16. Since there are 2 oxygen atoms for every carbon atom in Co2. That means the ratio of mass between those is 12:32. So if you burn 12 grams of carbon. You end up with 44 grams of Co2. Does it make sense? Assuming about 2 hydrogen atoms per carbon atom in the fuel, then 12/14ths of the mass is carbon. When you burn it, each carbon sticks to 2 oxygens, multiplying the mass by 44/12. You must multiply the mass of fuel by (44/12) * (12/14) = 44/14 = 3.14. <
This challenge of an Earthlobbyist is immense, which may make us feel insignificant as individuals. So many people are isolated from the truths, many truths which are right in front of their eyes every day. Every night we see another truth in the form of a super storm, a new weather record, increased atmospheric carbon, mass pollution, a species extinction, or rising sea levels. Much is hidden by our preoccupation with daily survival, the consumption of goods and services, personal greed, and small screen infatuations which keep heads town. This is the time to be #carbonnegativenow.
An Earthlobbyist addresses the cause of Climate Degradation, which is Atmospheric Carbon Loading. While there are many groups and volunteers already in existence, being an earthlobbyist aligns more individuals with a greater goal of decarbonization by identifying a specific benchmark of progress, which is the parts per million of atmospheric carbon recorded at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. In August 2018 the level was over 410 parts per million of atmospheric carbon, in excess of a sustainable level of 350 parts per million of atmospheric carbon previously identified by the majority of natural scientists (3) .
An Earthlobbyist educates specific individuals as well as group voting blocs in specific communities and legislative districts where the incumbent history shows a pro carbon, anti-environment voting record.
An Earthlobbyist meets with elected representatives and their constituents employing a variety of methods not limited to electronic media, video, and face to face conversation, providing them with information pertinent to their anti-environment voting philosophy with the help of graphs, charts, polls, and factual scientific reports that document the urgency of a carbon negative planet. Recent events, like extreme weather and environmental damage and loss of human life validate the urgency of this position.
Maintaining good, honest, transparent relations with politicians and private citizens who can be relied on to support a carbon negative planet is taken for granted, since these people are ready to become active Earthlobbyists. The greatest goal is changing the opinion of those who deny climate change, this is the most essential measurable objective of an Earthlobbyist.
An Earthlobbyist and their supporters cannot make large campaign donations to politicians, yet we can raise money from other sources for reelection campaigns.
To be successful, the Earthlobbyist must be well-informed and self-confident, delivering a consistent stream of factual information about the immediate importance of creating a carbon negative planet .
The Earthlobbyist will do many social things, like host parties and gatherings which allow concerned people to interact with politicians and opponents in a relaxed, relational atmosphere.
The Earthlobbyist will read about climate change from authoritative sources that deliver fact, not emotional political opinions, then compose condensed reviews and compilations that reference their findings so less than educated readers will comprehend the difference between fact and opinion at all times. In 2018 there are thousands of websites disguised as news and science that promote divisive, polarized thinking in a deliberate plan to destroy the ability to reach sustainable environmental consensus.
The Earthlobbyist will reference authenticated specialists, like The Union of Concerned Scientists of the USA which collaborates with more than 20,000 scientists and technical experts across the USA, including: physicists, ecologists, engineers, public health professionals, economists, and energy analysts.
The Earthlobbyist will use their smartphone to make multiple micro-short (<0:45) videos to present on social media, directly leveraging their ability to micro target groups and individuals with repetitive droplets of personalized pro-environment information, not limited to the specific benefits of a green economy in specific communities.
In coal country, windfarms that are owned as community cooperatives have the ability to financially support communities of people who have lived in poverty for many years, as coal is now mined 90% with machines today, compared to 80% by humans 50 years ago. Coal benefits few while threatening many.
The Earthlobbyist will enlist the help of a specific target community or voting district to connect with an unrealized minority group of people in an environmentally destructive community to influence their politicians and neighbors.
The Earthlobbyist will reach new people by delivering letters, calling, praying in houses of worship, or presenting performance art on behalf of the planet Earth, and the grandchildren of today. This might mean getting phone numbers, (which is a challenge with itself) then calling people or sending text, social media messages, postcards, faxes or letters. The success of the earthlobbyist is measured by training new Earthlobbyists who locally maintain the process as well as converted constituents.
The Earthlobbyist will provide only factual phrases, paragraphs and resources that emerging individuals can integrate into their own philosophy, letters or messages, so they can get their immediate community sphere educated and involved.
The Earthlobbyist will consistently refrain from exaggeration and partisan, personal attacks on climate deniers at all times, always choosing to present the transparent, verifiable truths about climate change, severe weather patterns, economic costs, economic opportunity and environmental degradation that have already been established.
The Earthlobbyist will present their personalized messages through established electronic and printed media platforms, delivering unique organic articles for newspapers, magazines, appearing on blogs, face time, and other steaming social media platforms. The Earthlobbyist will generate new interest in, and awareness of, the issues of climate change, environmental degradation, and the urgent importance of atmospheric decarbonization.
Relevant knowledge, experience as a person and the ability to sincerely communicate is all you really need to become an Earthlobbyist. There are no licensing or certification requirements. Earthlobbyists are required to register with the state and federal governments where they choose to work which is an easy paperwork process that may take some time to accomplish, for certain security reasons.
Earthlobbyists will become increasingly valuable to their patrons. The world has warmed more than one degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The Paris climate agreement — the nonbinding, unenforceable and already unheeded treaty signed on Earth Day in 2016 — hoped to restrict warming to two degrees. The odds of succeeding, according to a recent study based on current emissions trends, are one in 20. If by some miracle we are able to limit warming to two degrees, we will only have to negotiate the extinction of the world’s tropical reefs, sea-level rise of several meters and the abandonment of the Persian Gulf.
Collective human action is required to steer the Earth’s eco-system away from a potential threshold, then and stabilize it in a habitable interglacial-like state. Risks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization of the climate at intermediate temperature rises and cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced. This would lead to higher global average temperature than any interglacial in the past 1.2 million years and to sea levels significantly higher than at any time in the last 12,500 years (Holocene). If the threshold is crossed, the resulting trajectory would likely cause serious disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies.” http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/07/31/1810141115
In the Spring of 1979 The Jasons’ report to the Department of Energy, “The Long-Term Impact of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Climate,” was written in an understated tone that only enhanced its nightmarish findings: Even a minimal warming “could lead to rapid melting” of the West Antarctic ice sheet. The ice sheet contained enough water to raise the level of the oceans 16 feet. Global temperatures would increase by an average of two to three degrees Celsius; Dust Bowl conditions would “threaten large areas of North America, Asia and Africa”; access to drinking water and agricultural production would fall, triggering mass migration on an unprecedented scale.
In 1981 Jule Charney’s “Carbon Dioxide and Climate: A Scientific Assessment,” conclusions were confirmed by major studies from the Aspen Institute, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis near Vienna and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.