Connecting the Dots

The keynote speaker at the fundraiser was not intending to be alarmist, but, as a physicist, merely trying to explain certain aspects of cause and effect.

The cause, in this instance, was the warming of the earth due to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and, being a physicist, he was more comfortable referring to this as a net increase of thermodynamic energy.  Now the effect he was concerned about and endeavouring to explain to the audience was not what it would be like to be on a hotter planet per se, but the fact that, from the perspective of physics, this heat, this thermodynamic energy needs to dissipate, to spread out.

In order to do this, the earth has natural mechanisms for moving towards thermodynamic equilibrium.  They are called storms.

The idea that storms were mechanisms for moving thermodynamic energy around, and that more greenhouse gasses meant more energy to be moved and more disequilibrium to be managed, meant more and bigger storms, was an important “connect the dots” experience for me.

I attended this lecture in the 1980s.

The challenge is that we need to connect more dots, and in so doing, lead to more effective solutions.  The challenge is that this takes time, and time is not friendly to those on the receiving end of global thermodynamic disequilibrium.

The good news is that there seems to now to be, despite fits and starts, increasing awareness, interest and action in this direction.

My hope it that this blog will make some contribution to connecting the dots across a broad range of ideas, issues, concerns, but most of all of solutions and innovations moving us collectively towards greater paths of sustainability.  I am a strong believer in the incredible power of applied human ingenuity and creativity, and that the problems facing us can be innovatively addressed and solved as opportunities.

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