Eearth Culture
making western society sustainable

John Cleese plays Prof. Barnhardt in The Day the Eearth Stood Still.
We 'are' on the brink, and Eearth Culture can help us evolve...

- Get sensible answers to the Big Questions of life
- Discover 9 Earth Systems to protect
- Spiritual growth via Ecophiny & Ecological Self
- Learn why Eearth Culture is So Important
- Enjoy new Cultural Celebrations
- Believe, Know & Practice sustainability
- Understand issues of Collapse & Transition

What's New?

Plankton Meditation

Eearth Culture's
Climate Emergency Declaration

Read Eearth novel (free .pdf)

Eearth in a nutshell

Through simple and small efforts, it is possible to bring about great change in the complex systems that we have created on our home planet, Earth.

Eearth Culture provides a set of tools that can be used by any culture to help foster a society for the Long Future - one in which the environment is protected, and the people are content.

Once these two conditions are met - sustainability and contentment - humans and all the other species can just get on with living.

Eearth is secular, pluralistic and open system of belief, knowledge and practice that can be adopted by anyone, irrespective of their race, faith or profession.

So, join the Eearth People today and help foster a healthy planet for happy people for the Long Future.

Eearth Culture - an exciting new reason to live.

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The Eearth Halo signifies enlightenment:
an understanding of how things really are.

Our role as humans is to protect Earth's natural biological systems, and to foster well-being for all people, for the Long Future.

 


Eearth's Golden Rule

 

Long Natural Happy Together Time

A Lesson in Plankton Humility

 
 

Eearth Culture
Climate Change Emergency Declaration

There was reason to call a global climate emergency at the time of the first World Climate Conference in 1979 where it was declared: it is now urgenly necessary for the nations of the world to ... forsee and prevent potential man-made changes in climate that might be adverse to the well-being of humanity.

Decades later, in 2017, two pieces of information have made it abundantly clear that Global Climate Emergency is upon us and that immediate, global and transformative action is required to avert a planetary catastrophe that threatens to imminently sweep-away not only the human race but most species more advanced than earthworms.

First, the International Energy Agency has reported that for the past three years the total amount of greenhouse emissions from human society have remained stable despite a growing global economy. This is due to efforts to reduce coal intensity in China, the spread of renewable elsewhere in the world which is displacing fossil fuels, electric vehicles and energy efficiency. This is a small piece of good news and a step in the right direction.

However, another piece of information give grave cause for concern. While the amount of greenhouse emissions (principally CO2) has plateaued, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, as recorded by the Keeling Curve, continues to rise, unabated. This maybe due to a lag in the global climate system. However, what is more likely is that Keeling Curve data is representing two interconnected responses of the global earth system to the increased temperatures: natural carbon sinks are failing, and new sources of carbon emissions are appearing.

First, the global carbon sinks are failing. Forty percent of the phytoplankton biomass have been killed off, and these tiny marine plants formed a simple and effective mechanism to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere. Secondly, the planet has begun to out-gas, and is emitting more carbon into the atmosphere than before. This is due to increased intensity of wildfires, releasing CO2 in the smoke, and the methane and CO2 coming from the melted permafrost, to name just two. The Amazon Rainforest, long regarded as a stable sink for atmospheric carbon, is showing signs that it might become a source of emissions resulting from climate change induced drought.

Furthermore, a range of other ‘positive feedback mechanisms’ demonstrate that as our planet gets hotter, natural processes make it get even hotter still. These include the increase wildfires, failing sinks and melting permafrost as mentioned, as well as decreasing albedo due to reduce ice and snow cover and the increased amount of soot from regional fires, the release of underwater methane hydrates, and other processes only just now being understood by science.

This new information suggests that efforts to reduce emissions and to sequester carbon already in the atmosphere is going to get a lot harder now that the planet is in on the game. Even without the planet weighing in on the action, it was going to be a horrendously complex task to ‘voluntarily’ turn off fossil fuels and turn on disciplined energy efficiency and renewable energy world-wide.

While technically and economically, it is relatively straightforward, the entire system is log-jammed by entrenched economic interests, individuals and corporations that are determined to ensure that their business as usual models are uninterrupted.

Eearth Culture believes that fighting climate change needs to be approached with the same scale and determination as converting a large economy from peacetime production to wartime production - the US in WWII is a good case study. Not only is this possible technically and economically, it also portends a economic boom in cleantech and green jobs - as well a future of clean air and closing down of pollution sites.

"Six degrees is silence."

However, the major impediment to this appears to be the inertia associated with an complacent and ignorant public, and governments that respond to this public and more so to the corporate sector’s interests. Recognise that the fossil fuel industries are some of the biggest and most profitable industries in the world, and they have vast resources to protect their business as usual interests and this includes lobbying and obfuscating the truth (Exxon Knew) and in many developing countries using physical violence against opposition. Overcoming this foe is going to be a major challenge and similarly calls for a war like approach, using all forms of power - both soft and hard - against this well-entrenched adversary.