Because it’s not a drill: talk by Jem Bendell at European Commission

Because it’s not a drill: talk by Jem Bendell at European Commission

33 comments on “Because it’s not a drill: talk by Jem Bendell at European Commission

  1. I've lived near Vancouver B.C. Canada for the last 7 years tracking the temperature and I have noticed an at least 2 degree increase daytime and same increase evening even establishing record highs. There were also days with low humidity of 24% which no one has been tracking and just as dangerous for seniors and the very young. I was watching a video on U TUBE a few days ago about an ancient city that had been abandon over an apparently short time I was thinking that if the babies were dying and then seniors then why would anyone stay. The city would de-populate quickly!

  2. It's unfortunate that this talk has so few views compared to some others that ignore multiple aspects of this crisis. Relinquishment: What's most disheartening about the denial I see around me is the failure to recognize the need to throttle-back consumption. The Millennial generation is fond of (justifiably) critiquing their Boomer predecessors, my peer group, from whom I all too frequently hear idiocies like, "oh I just had to have that," in regard to items that are not even close to essential. Yet those in the Millennial upper middle class have established consumption norms that reveal their equally delusional view of eco-economic reality and "security." Redefining need in the context of climate crisis is necessary; but it's not occurring.

  3. I love the explanations for why we are where we are. And this is an imporvement on the first video that I saw that you did. But I am disappointed that you are not talking about the Windyday Concept. I stole the idea since the OECD and the IEA had a plan to wean us off of fossil fuels, which is the goal. Period. I have been screaming about building factories in all cities on all continents for batteries, solar panels, wind & tide turbines with local farms, not only for food but also for hemp, linseed and bamboo.

    Since 2016, there are zero cities that have implemented this. This is the WW2 approach that every climate activist talks about. And talk is cheap. I have contacts, I lack the money and the local community will. I am giving up on humanity as the days go by.
    BTW this will be the Swiss Cheese Summer, and we no longer have to worry about any deniers.
    Baffin Bay Big Wave Surf Contest, August 2019.

  4. I agree with Professor Bendell and Dr. Wadhams, Marine Cloud Brightening is our best option. There are fewer risks associated with this geoengineerring option than other proposed technologies.

  5. Jem Bendell does a great job in pointing out how much warming-related trouble we've already baked into the climate system. So like it or not, we're destined for a much bleaker future, climate-wise. So deep adaptation along with deep changes to our lifestyles.

    Not an impossible task, but a very difficult one. Will enough people realize in time that we can maintain our modern lifestyles but must do so in a way that is basically completely different from how we currently live?

    If you understand the need for such changes because you are well-versed in the realities of Global Warming, then making the changes should be easier for you. The hopeful part is that at least we're starting to talk about these realities more, but still in the early stages when there really isn't much time to waste.

  6. I would add a fifth R. Reconnection. Reconnection with the Web of Life.
    The price we have all paid in order to participate in this fossil fuel driven
    Colonialized parade of extraction… has been to willfully disconnect from
    All of the primary sources of meaning and right-relationship in human life:
    Deeper Self, Other People, Earth and Soul.

    For me, this fifth R is essential. Any attempts at making things better
    Without this level of reconnection with life itself… will bring more
    “Progress” and high tech “solutions” that are still founded in the
    Toxic lie of infinite growth on this finite planet.

  7. It’s time for a renaming: Old: Homo Sapian; New: Homo Mortifer

    It’s heartbreaking that those who are least responsible for the chaos, will face most of the consequences first.

  8. We HAVE TO Stop using clean water supply to flush our crap .
    JUST THINK about How much DRINKING WATER is Being taken for Granted !
    Or INCINERATORS to turn pharmaceutical and processed food chemicals into ash .

  9. There are several severe practical problems I can think of with regard to spraying salt water to increase albedo. The wikipedia article on it has the estimate of around 1500 ships doing this. They would be anchored and have turbines working in ocean currents. Anchoring a ship in deep water is a very challenging thing to do. Very long, very strong anchor cable or chain, and having a firm hold on the bottom isn't easy. You have to catch something solid and the bottom might not be conducive to that. This connection has to not only deal with the currents but with storms. And to keep it aligned with currents two such anchors would be needed.

    Then there is the problem of the turbine- things put in the ocean tend to get covered with life forms that would diminish the efficiency of the turbine. Anti fouling paint is already an issue with ocean pollution that has been a subject of controversy. Then the water pumped isn't likely to be completely clean, it will probably need to be filtered very well to be able to generate a fine enough mist, and the screens will get regularly clogged. Generating the mist efficiently enough for the power available, and getting it high enough isn't something worked out.
    It doesn't look likely that it would be at all easy to just build these things, park them and let them do their thing. The technology isn't worked out well at all. And of course, it isn't a long lasting solution even if these issues were worked out.

    As far as the issue of food: I have felt for decades that feeding lots of grain to animals was irrational. Animals would never have been domesticated if that had to be done, though. The advantage of animals is that they can eat stuff we can't and turn it into meat, milk, eggs, that we can eat. Large amounts of fibrous leaves with herbivores. With pigs and chickens, mostly invertebrates of all kinds, and some fibrous vegetation as well. There are large areas of the world that can grow vegetation but are not suitable for growing crops. These abilities of animals look like they are likely to still be very useful, and even more than growing crops, because crops require so much energy to get rid of existing vegetation, keep weeds controlled, keep animals from the very small to the the large controlled, and maintain fertility that is lost with leaching, erosion, and nutrients taken away in food and not returned, which is mostly the case right now. Changing that latter issue would be an enormous change of infrastructure and human attitudes. It is true that raising crops can produce more food for people than what you get with animals, when all those challenges are met. Continuing to meet them looks dubious, especially with another major challenge for growing crops being climate. As I write this, your words about the house is on fire looks very true. This report is that we have far too much rain and melted snow in the US midwest, drought in Canada, drought in southeast US, too much rain and cold recently in Europe, drought in the Ukraine and parts of Russia, drought in China, drought in Australia.

  10. We, I, need these sort of inputs, to avoid a sort of passivity setting in in the face of impending disaster. The house is indeed on fire, the ship is taking on water.

  11. I admire Jem Bendell and Extinction Rebellion because they come the closest to presenting certain questions that are necessary to consider as we go forward into a time of deep troubles. The questions that we need to add to their lists have to do with balancing what's good for society vs what's good for the individual, how to perform that balancing, and determining what ultimately is this most important if push comes to shove. Society will have to give up on large scale industrialization to survive; next quarter's result and the quest for ever more are destroying us. But will we have to give up on individual rights in order to have the operational speed we need to deal with the coming disasters? Will we have to give up on fairness and equity in order to assure somebody survives for another "day?" Where is the line to be drawn? How will we draw the line when its our own rights or our own life? These are going to be common questions as climate disasters permeate our consciousness; we might as well make a stab at answering them before they are answered with tribalism and "every person for themselves." Simple example they may arise this year with potential multiple crop failures around the world (U.S, Australia, Ukraine, China, maybe Argentina). Who gets the food if there isn't enough for 7.8 billion people? Whoever can pay for it? Is person's right buy whatever is available more important than someone starving to death somewhere else? Are the decisions that we come up with taking into account that the "climate casino" (Paul Beckwith's usual phrase) could put the shoe on the other foot next year? How about water questions as aquifers dry up and major river sources' glaciers melt. What if there are two major hurricanes in a country that only has the wherewithal to barely deal with one (Mozambique)? Even if we don't go extinct, there could easily be major population reductions (millions, billions); there will choices made along the way as to who will die and how. It may be that these questions are too horrible to contemplate; I have asked them in a variety of climate change blogs with very few replies. However I am convinced that by not talking about them (deep denial?), the questions will be answered in the most horrible way.

  12. Excellent, thanks. Yes we must switch emphasis to action: to enable emergent transformation for living more authentically, alongside reducing warming (as the priority of the various threats we face). Leaders can and must emerge everywhere, because traditional systems cannot change fast enough, and anyway cannot fix the problems. (Obviously) this is everyone's business.

  13. " . . . so we've got a huge amount of 
    warming already locked in for our future . . .  "

    How much?  An extra 1 degree, an extra 2 degrees, +2 degrees?

  14. It would help if 5G would be folded up instead of rolled out..and military controlled geoengineering be not denied but seen as a danger to the planet..disturbing the planet's natural power to heal and to regenerate
    Especially those who advice/lecture governments could enlighten the bureaucrats to wake up..and stop the messing up of technologies and ignorance

  15. Totally agree! We all face very serious issues Government talking and meetings has done little or nothing it's just more lip service.

  16. If we lose the Arctic sea ice? That seems to me to be huge problem for humanity and all life forms on the planet. Just the fact that the loss of Arctic sea ice is a possibility should be a warning to humanity. But corporate capitalism and technology will not allow any change to the dominate paradigm of our current global system. And who among us in the western world be willing to give up up our entitled life styles in order to save the future. I don't believe in the hope or faith that humans will be doing the right thing any more. History shows that's not what humans do. The naked killer apes have committed genocide of the flora and fauna on global scale to the point the we are going to annihilate ourselves.

  17. best of luck to Jem and ao

    I tried putting something out there quite similar with "21" around a decade ago, but I received ignorance and it failed. Hopefully Jem Bendell has a better chance with at least informing the public ao more in regards to the issues we are facing. They are huge and demands a multidisciplinary approach never seen in human history.
    gl ranger!

  18. I'm very sad. As a mature student I went to university 15 years ago to do a masters in energy, environment, climate and human ecology as I thought I could help change the world we live in. The solutions we studied were basically the same as Jem highlights and run into all corners of how humans interact with our environment and the systems we have created. 15 years later nothing has changed apart from I can't buy plastic straws anymore. I'm tired, no one is interested and the direction our politicians and economies are taking us is not just the wrong way it's the worst way. One reason people are in denial is because the problem is so huge and the solutions are so unfamiliar that we can't comprehend them. Everything needs to change and changing tiny things takes a huge amount of effort. The laggards and denialists continue to take all our enthusiasm. Thank you Jem and others like young Gretta for finding the energy to carry on talking about this. If there is anyway I can do to help you with what you do then please let me know. Dan

  19. no mention of desalination at a massive scale, cause that will be whats needed to sustain our agriculture and drinking water supplies.

  20. This needs to be watched by many many many more people. Please help non English speakers and add subtitles ! It's a very complex topic especially for other language speakers.

  21. a summer without arctic ice will be tragic. we have no history while we live on earth , our species, without ice. this will be a new experience and who knows what it will bring… professor wadhams is an excellent example of commonsense. i recommend his videos.

  22. Why all this pretense that we can be civil in how we navigate the coming changes? We aren't civil now. We are already killers. We invade other countries for petroleum. There is no way in the world we will do this nicely. We've never been nice. It will be violence, and slavery and trying to hide from it. Just as it has always been

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