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Living on the Edge of Vision:
a blueprint for thriving on Earth :
draft copy VI
September 2, 2013
Near Term (25 years)
1.
Direct Air Capture and Sequestration of CO2.
Mid term (50 years)
2.
Mitigating the Drought in the US Southwest
Long Term (150 years)
3.
Significantly Influencing the Earth’s Hydrologic cycle
through increasing water vapor, cloud formation, and
terrestrial precipitation
Introduction:
The proximate source of the problem.
Mankind is endowed with an intellect which allows recall of the recent past; an
assessment of current assets; and the planning of steps to be taken to attain a
visualized and desired outcome.
Along with this profoundly
powerful utilitarian capacity, there has arisen in the human
psyche the ego, or “I thought”, which has sustained the illusion of separation from the
environment.
The “successes” of human enterprise,-
(
as directed by aspirations of the individual, clan,
tribe, state, and nations
.)
- constitute, in the aggregate, an existential threat to the
continuation of civilization, and perhaps Life itself, on this planet.
The Earth, once seen
as boundless in its resources, is now losing its vitality at a rate unseen in the geological
record, as measured by the rate of species extinction.
Presuming that humankind will address the many institutionalized aspects of society
which must be changed in order to thrive, there remains the inexorable facts of rapid
climate change, whose increasingly deleterious effects are
only just
beginning to be felt.
World leaders and policy makers generally appear to be cognizant of the looming
catastrophic consequences of “Global Atmospheric Warming” (and related
consequences arising from excess CO2), and are endeavoring to install procedures
which will reduce the rate at which we are rushing towards a poorly defined “tipping
point”, at which time self reinforcing feedback mechanisms will cause massive global
species extinction.