- Notes on social psychology , transformation and sustainability
- Eden Global Impact responds to the UN about the UNPCC report about climate change
- On the psychology of transformation and the future of humanity
- Pollution Report- India 2019
- Bringing love and compassion back to the workplace
Publication 1 : Notes on social psychology, transformation and sustainability to solve the climate crisis
This is a project of uniting humanity and successfully ending the man-caused effects of climate change throught projects like a global reforestation plan and the transformation of companies
“The understanding of oneself is not a result, a culmination; It is seeing oneself from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship_one’s relationship to property, to people, to things and to ideas.But we find it difficult to be alert, to be aware, and we prefer to dull our minds by following a method; by accepting autorities, superstitions and gratifying theories; so our minds become weary, exhausted and insensitive. Such a mind cannot be in a state of creativeness, it is a dull mind, unable to think outside the box It has created for itself “
Society and economy are crumbling all around the world because they were built on shaky foundations, foundations produced from dull minds disconnected from presence, peace and nature. We have built our foundations from a place of greed, hence the necessity to accumulate more and more , to compete and to destroy others in order to succeed.
We went so far to destroy our own environment that is necessary for our survival, in this unstoppable unsatiable desire to accumulate more power, to get more power, and to obtain an illusiory stability built on dead corpses of the millions of trres, animals and species decimated, corpses of millions of people dead in greed wars for oil. We have built our system on the misery of millions of children deprived of basic rights and having to work because of the poverty our capitalist system has created in countries of the South, we built our systems on the hunger millions of people because we have decided not to pay fairly for their natural products and to reserve the right to decide for prices, keeping them in a forever loop of poverty and under-development.
As Lavoisier , the physics reknown genius has always said, nothing disappears and nothing gets created, everything transforms. The poverty, wars and famine in third world countries is our product , the product of our greed, the product of our lack, the product of our spiritual poverty: We seek to accumulate because we are disconnected from our true selves, our minds become unsensitive and cruel, operating from a survival instinct, that we seek to compensate the fear, the scarcity and the isolation that we subconsciously feel, in a frenetic scary war for power, money and status.
How can we expect long lasting harmonic societies and economies, if the foundations are that of fear, scarcity, conflict, war, greed, unsensitivity, disconnection, cruelty and chaos. It is merely an utopian idea to expect peace fruits when we plant seeds of war , in the very first foundations of our creation. It is impossible to expect a harmonious sustainable world if the very first foundations of our thinking are wired in the wrong way.
This world contains enough resources, for all its citizens to live in prosperity, harmony and peace. However, we must rethink the motives of our greed, the motives of nationalism that comes primarily from fear. Fear is the most basic of all emotions, It does not make us better than dinosaurs who went extinct because of their inability to evolve. Nationalism is the fear of the other, fear that he can become better, fear that he takes our place, fear that he shines brighter …But it is only a thought away from the evolutive thought of cooperation, that is the future of humanity. We have reached the point in which , if we do not learn to help each other and cooperate , our civilization will disappear , just like the dinosaurs…
How can we expect a better society, that produces peace and long lasting prosperity, if we come from a place of fear , greed, separation, competition and scarcity? Its dellusional and pure wishful thiking . Our thinking must change first, our relationship to self, to the Earth and to society must change, or else we will disappear.
It is impossible to create a world of peace if the foundations that we build in on are that of conflict, war, competition and envy. Peace means to exist and to let exist, to live and to let live.
It is impossibe to create a world of advanced technology and civilization if we have no moral values, and if we come from a place of survival, of competition, of destroying one another in order to survive, which is merely a law of the jungle, a law of the primordial reptilian brain, that is one of survival , of fear and of scarcity mentality. An advanced civilization is based on foundations of connection to its environment, foundations of intelligence and education, on values of unity, cooperation and respect.
“ The problems of the world are so colossal, so very complex, that to understand and so to resolve them, one must approach them in a very simple and direct manner; and stances, nor on our particular prejudices and moods. As I was pointing out, the solutions is not to be found through conferences, blue prints , or throught the substitution of new leaders for old, and so on . The solution obsiously lies in the creator of the problem , in the creator of the mischief, of the hate and of the enormous misunderstanding that exists between human beings. The creator of this mischief, of the hate and of the enormous misunderstanding that exists between human beings is the individual, you and I, not the world as we think of it. The world is your relationship with another. The world is not something separate from you and me; the world, society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish between each other.
So you and I are the problem, and not the world, because the world is the projection of ourselves and to understand the world, we must understand ourselves. The world is not separate from us, we are the world , and our problems are the world’s problems. This cannot be repeated too often, because we are so sluggish in our mentality that we think the world’s problems are not our business , that they should be resolved by the United Nations or by substituting new leaders for the old. It is a very dull mentality that thinks like that, because we are responsible for this frightful misery and confusion in the world, this ever-impending war. To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is intention (…) If you want to know what you are, you cannot imagine or have belief in something which you are not. If I m greedy, envious, violent, merely having an ideal of non violence, of non greed, is of little value”
So I would like to ask you all to examine yourselves, your lives, your jobs, your consumption choices. I would like to ask you to become responsible for the world as you expect it to become responsible for you. If you have a job that generates pollution, look for another which does not. If you have a life which generates hate, separation, pain and misery, look for ways to heal your mind and your heart, If you consume more than you need , stop. If you have ambitions of more money, more power, more prestige, I invite you to look at where they come from. Is it not from a place of lack, fear and scarcity? Is it not from a need to create an illusiory safety, by accumulating, by consuming and throwing, while knowing that others in the world cannot because they must work for you being paid less than 1 $ per day? You consume and consume regardless of the source of your products and their impact of the environment , in search of a temporary satisfaction to escape the real misery of knowing you are disconnected and rooted in fear, isnt it so? You watch wars on TV, children being bombarded everyday, to bring you oil, and you still purchase it and ride ur SUV everyday, isnt it so? You buy new vehicles that reply on fossil fuel combusting while having other alternatives like electric cars, without a single feeling of shame isnt it so?
You buy from companies that are known for child labour, using GMOs, destroying forests and entire eco systems, animal cruelty, and more immoral practices and choose to never adress the issue, isnt it so? You take the plane, for short trips , knowing that trains also do exist , isnt it so? You buy from companies that use tons of plastic to wrap your products, knowing you can go pick almost the same products in street markets , without a single piece of trash, isnt it so?
You vote on leaders who promise you to go to war, to be more violent, more extremist, and encourage hate and separation without any guilt or shame , and then blame ”the others” , isnt it so?
So If you do all this, why do you blame the companies and governments who only provide you with what you want?
You and I are the ones choosing what products we are served by accepting to consume them. You and I are choosing with governments should lead us by voting on them and accepting them as leaders, you and I will never be given the right leaders, the right ethical companies, and the right treatment as long as we dont stop participating in the destructive, negative , violent processes, by consuming, and voting. The people only have the products and the governments that they choose to support. Corporations are not to blame for they only deliver what citizens ask for, indirectly by continuing to support and purchase products, from companies with immoral non ethical practices. Leaders are not to blame for they will only deliver what the people ask for via their ideologies and voting power.
The time of pointing fingers at others is over. Humanity is now beyond the ”child stage” where It only eats what is given, and does what It is told. Humanity is mature enough to take its own decisions, in a peaceful non violent yet organized and powerful way, to save itself and the world.
Publication 2: Eden Global Impact responds to the UN about the UNPCC report about climate change
The latest report of the UN, published this last week by the IPCC ( Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) , was a global alarm and big wake up call for all governments, organisations and civil society around the world.
It is a known fact that global populations are rising exponentially making their consumption grow as well, supposing an ever growing energy demand as well as enormous rates of CO2 emissions. Most of these emissions are due to the fact that most of the governments still rely on fossil fuels for the powering of industries, households’ consumption, transportations etc… These emissions amount to 1010 Gigatons from the year 1855 to 1999, years of the industrial revolution era. In the relatively small time period from 2000 to 2015, we have released another 500 Gigatons.
Our ‘’carbon budget’’ indicates how much we can still release before a catastrophe ; today, the budget is 335 additional Gt of CO2. We produce annually around 36 Gt of carbon emissions, that is to say, we have 8 years until we use our carbon budget in a disastrous way, if emissions continue to rise by 2,5% every year , as It is the case at the moment.
In fact, the report stated that we are only half a degree C° away from the catastrophic global warming red line of 2°C, after which we will need to perform carbon removal from the atmosphere. Scientists have spent considerable time calculating the amount of carbon dioxide the world can emit while limiting warming to internationally agreed upon temperature goals – well below 2°C (3.6°F), with efforts to limit warming further to 1.5°C (2.7°F). This amount is our “carbon budget.”
The World Resources Institute also analyzed some of these aspects and added that in order to have a medium chance of limiting warming to 1.5°C, the world can emit 770 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2). To have a likely chance (67 percent), the remaining budget drops to 570 GtCO2.
To have a likely chance of keeping warming to 1.5°C over the longer term, the world will need to reach net-zero emissions within 25 years.
In the context of such an imminent climate emergency, Eden Global Impact has answered effectively to the UN’s report by elaborating a new strategy on the acceleration of its projects that count already a total 4 Global projects in the public sector and a target of transforming 500 companies this year. We are present in 10 Countries, and we are looking forward to grow and deploy more in all of them, in order to respond to the call for action at a global scale and expand the capacity of its pipeline.
As a response to the IPCC report, Eden Global Impact’s president and CEO, Lea Iman Moussaid, said :
‘’Eden Global Impact is deeply moved by the emergency of climate change, and will respond and enlarging it into more countries if necessary”.Eden Global Impact urges of immediate rapid action to resolve the climate situation was in alignment with science facts as well as the opinion of the majority of brilliant scientists or our era. Hans-Otto Portner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group confirms it by expressing : “Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5ºC or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems. Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds ”
Another Co-Chair of the IPCC working group, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, is definitely on the side of Gaia Energy proposed solution , by stating: “The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5ºC are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate,”
To resume, we add that 1.5 °C is the goal , and maximum point that we should keep our global warming at, to avoid irreversible catastrophe. Going beyond this number will require carbon removal, a process that is way too complex, expensive and unsafe yet. On this ultimate worst case scenario solution, the report also mentions that there are a number of different ways to remove carbon, such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), afforestation and direct air capture and storage (DACS).
Deploying carbon at the scale that climate models assume is untested. Given the risks and uncertainties related to various carbon removal approaches, scaling would have to be pursued in a safe and prudent manner. If the speed and scale of deployment is limited, this would leave a lot of questions on how much we can rely on this strategy to meet the 1.5 degree goal, especially for those pathways that overshoot 1.5˚C.
Consequences of going over 1.5°C could be the biggest environmental disaster never seen in human civilization; we shall see the levels of oceans rising rapidly , making islands disappear, extreme rainstorms and floods, forest fires and droughts due to massive heat waves…etc
Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC , UN member, said in the assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.
“With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC,” said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.
The shocking report has left the global community stroke and many politicians, scientists, members of civil society, public speakers as well as institutions reacted to its content, here are some reactions :
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
“This report by the world’s leading climate scientists is an ear-splitting wake-up call to the world. It confirms that climate change is running faster than we are, and we are running out of time. […] I urge all countries to make the Katowice Climate Conference a success and heed the counsel of the world’s top scientists: raise ambition, rapidly strengthen their national climate action plans, and urgently accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement,” said the UN chief. […] We must rise to the challenge of climate action and do what science demands before it is too late.”
Adnan Z. Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
“IRENA’s analysis shows that renewable energy and energy efficiency represent the most cost-effective pathway for achieving 90% of the energy-related CO2 emission reductions needed to meet the ‘well below 2 degrees objective’ of the Paris Agreement. The world of energy is witnessing rapid and disruptive changes. Renewables already account for around a quarter of global electricity generation. In the last six years, renewable power capacity additions outpaced additions from fossil fuels and nuclear power combined. However, if we are to meet our climate goals, renewables deployment must accelerate six times faster than today.”
Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete for Climate Action and Energy and Commissioner Carlos Moedas for Research, Science and Innovation
“In short, as there is no planet B, saving our planet Earth should be our number one mission. To this end, research and Innovation will play a crucial role in our efforts to tackle climate change and the EU will continue to lead in that domain. We have put climate at the heart of our proposal for Horizon Europe, the new EU’s research and innovation programme. We propose to invest 35% of the programme to climate objectives, through the development of innovative and cost-effective zero-carbon solutions. We must raise our ambitions in combating climate change in line with the outcome of this report and turn today’s challenges into opportunities.”
Svenja Schulze, German Federal Environment Minister
“Every tonne of CO 2 avoided, every tenth of a degree of global warming avoided counts, and this transformation brings with it many changes and a great opportunity to make our economy more sustainable and make our society more liveable.”
Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish Energy Minister
“We need everyone to take a common responsibility that we have reduced the now very visible consequences of climate change have around the globe. We are pushing the EU and our international cooperation, and we are going to press on at COP 24 in Poland in December, so the entire UN take joint responsibility.”
François de Rugy, French energy minister,
“In France, the government has set an ambitious target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. But we need more than ever to continue our efforts. At the end of the month, we will present our new low carbon strategy. Deployment of clean mobility, phasing out of fossil fuels,
our energy consumption and our waste production. We must not weaken now.”
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in an interview with 2GB Radio
“No we’re not held to any of them at all Alan, nor are we bound to go and tip money into that big climate fund, we’re not going to do that either. So, I’m not going to spend money on global climate conferences and all that sort of nonsense, I’m not going to get in there – […] So long as we’re not throwing money into some global climate fund and getting pulled around by the nose by all these international agencies when it comes to these other reports. I mean the same report that’s coming out today, said a year ago the policies were fine. You know, we’re investing in the Reef to ensure that’s secure. We’re taking the practical action that you need to take, but we don’t get led around by the nose by these organisations.”
Australia’s Environment Minister Melissa Price, in an Interview with ABC
“[…] Coal does form a very important part of the Australian energy mix, and we make no apology for the fact that our focus at the moment is on getting electricity prices down. I just don’t know how you could say by 2050 that you not going to have technology that’s going to enable good, clean technology when it comes to coal. […] I mean, I just think that’s… You know, that would be irresponsible of us to be able to commit to that.”
AL Gore, former US Vice President and presidential candidate
“The Paris Agreement was monumental, but we must now go further, ratchet up commitments and develop solutions that meet the scale of the climate crisis. The report will encourage the development of new technologies, which is important. However, time is running out, so we must capitalise and build upon the solutions available today. Solving the climate crisis requires vision and leadership. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has become a rogue outlier in its shortsighted attempt to prop up the dirty fossil fuel industries of the past. The administration is in direct conflict with American businesses, states, cities, and citizens leading the transformation.
Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate
“We have barely 10 years to ward off catastrophic warming with destabilizing effects for all of us. Our children and grandchildren deserve action, and action now.”
The IPCC’s special report clearly states that the world has already warmed by 1ºC due to human activity. As a result, climate change is already affecting people, ecosystems and livelihoods across the globe, with impacts such as floods or droughts disproportionately affecting the poorest and most vulnerable. Some of the most affected areas are small islands, megacities, coastal regions and high mountain ranges. […] According to the IPCC’s report, limiting warming to 1.5ºC is possible, but requires unprecedented transitions in all aspects of society. To minimize future global warming, we will need to achieve zero net emissions by mid-century. This in turn will require us to rapidly transition the world’s economy onto such a pathway. Over the next 10 to 20 years we must transform our energy, agricultural, urban and industrial systems, engage non-state actors, and integrate climate action into the broader public policy framework that also addresses jobs, security and technology.
Kristina Thoring, Communications Director at SolarPower Europe
“The Paris Agreement obliges us to decarbonise our societies, we cannot afford a business as usual approach. The solutions are obvious, replacing fossil fuels with solar is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to cut greenhouse gases. Solar power reduces global CO2 emissions by 200-300 million tonnes annually, equivalent to the total greenhouse gas emissions of France. We need to accelerate the deployment of solar power to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”
Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute
“Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees will require a radical transformation of economic and social systems at a scale never seen before. This is difficult, but by no means impossible. We know how to do it, and we know that it will lead to a much healthier economy and much healthier citizens. We now know that accelerated climate action can lead to large economic benefits, including a $26 trillion win. But this will require the emergence of global leadership that is missing today. Identifying and supporting this leadership must be a top priority.”
UK Solar Trade Association chief executive, Chris Hewett
“The IPCC report today amplifies already very widespread calls for the UK Government to get behind low-cost solar and wind. The message couldn’t be clearer; time is running out. Our industry stands ready to roll out solutions which are extremely popular with the public, and no longer require subsidy, but Government has put too many barriers in the way. Let’s be clear, a smart, flexible, renewables pathway is now the cheapest pathway. All we need to deliver that is fair tax treatment, fair market access and level playing fields. We’ve been repeating this message for years – action is now needed.”
Executive director of Greenpeace International, Jennifer Morgan
“The world is on fire. In order to avoid more of these tragic fires, severe storms and loss of life, the world must halve global emissions in the next decade. This is a huge challenge, but it is doable and the costs of not following the right path are a matter of life and death to millions around the world, particularly the vulnerable.This IPCC report is the most unique and important climate science report we’ve had. Governmental and corporate leaders have nowhere to hide and must show they understand the science by acting with the urgency it demands. But we all have a role. Every person has to do everything in their power to change course and follow the plan that is included in the IPCC report.”
Karin Nansen, chair, Friends of the Earth International
“This is a climate emergency. The IPCC 1.5 report starkly illustrates the difference between temperature rises of 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees – for many around the world this is a matter of life and death. It is crucial to keep temperature rise well below 1.5 degrees without offsetting, carbon markets and geoengineering, but the evidence presented by the IPCC shows that there is a narrow and shrinking window in which to do so. Activists across the world are mobilizing to call for an end to fossil fuels, dirty energy and dangerous technologies. Common but differentiated responsibilities and payment of the climate debt must be at the foundation of climate action. We want a just transition to a clean energy system that benefits people not corporations.”
Global Warming of 1.5ºC is the first in a series of Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Cycle. Next year the IPCC will release the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land, which looks at how climate change affects land use. The Summary for Policymakers (SPM) presents the key findings of the Special Report, based on the assessment of the available scientific, technical and socio-economic literature relevant to global warming of 1.5°C.
The Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15) is available at http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/
Lea Imane M.
Political Scientist and CEO