Changing a paradigm

How do you change a paradigm? When our entire economy and population is based on fossil fuels, considering a move to a renewable life style and energy sources are daunting. The alternatives are out there, and evolving every moment.  But none of these are presenting themselves in a timely fashion and at the scale we need to really change things. Speaking of scale I found this awesome site: The displays have some wonderful qualitative displays of quantitative information–

This one of the Last 5 Glacial terminations:

is interesting because what it shows is that temperature preceded rises in CO2 historically.  Yet todays rise in temperature is following rises in CO2.  What this suggests to me is that we haven’t seen the temperature rises that we can expect with this amount of rise in CO2.  Well, I’m not a scientist.  And what i want to try and point out is the urgency of addressing the rise in CO2, as many of us are discovering and discussing.  But how? So this brings me back to the issue of a shift in the dominant paradigm–a power shift if you will. How do you initiate it?  What does it look like? I’m discovering that it happens one step at a time through our experience.  In other words it is a consciousness issue that we all participate in.  I like the Global warming art site because it ties in the role of art.  And I think every sector of the educational universe needs to be involved at an intimate level in order to change our awareness.  It falls upon the youth in an unprecedented way. Our youth have the opportunity to change the dominant paradigm by raising consciousness in every aspect of their studies and activity. Every discipline can contribute–has to contribute in order to reduce our CO2 emissions. The youth represent one third of the population of the planet.  With social networking technologies and aggregation of opinions and resources a tremendous impact can be made by a relatively few visionary leaders passing along their passion and vision into the everyday reality of people.

     One of the things that interests me about this process is what is called ‘ecoequity’.  I’m trying to understand this in the context of decentralization of power–energy.  So in other words, renewables are micro in many applications: solar cells on your roof, a micro wind turbine on your school. This by passes traditional, centralized, massive corporate monopolies on the availability of power.  The symbolism is obvious. Interesting in that this dispersed power grid is analogous to Web 2.0 networking.  So I see parallels in what is occurring in cyber consciousness or the world mind–and what is occurring on the earth with our power structures–both civic and mechanical.  

      So one last thought for now, perhaps an invitation of sorts. Cyber networking permits a lower carbon footprint than travel and face to face meetings.  If you imagine the price of gas at $100 a gallon how will we be able to continue to meet and transact business, or effect change? Social networking offers an alternative like this wonderful site.  But even more powerful is the power of virtual worlds and emerging technologies like Second Life:

By leveraging virtual worlds we can continue to aggregate our tremendous resources of ideas and action in ways not even imagined–all with a remarkably low carbon footprint. So think about it.  Thanks for reading this.