My Heartfelt Message to COP21 Negotiators // Published on Nov 29, 2015
COP21 is all about the policies, methods and timeframes that will ensure we slash carbon dioxide emissions and avoid global climate change chaos. My research tells me that zeroing emissions is only one of the three vitally important legs of the bar-stool…
This video is in response to a request from Canada’s Minister of The Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. Her video, where she asks for public comment, COP21 Canada Video Campaign, is here. Link to her tweet.
Ottawa Calls for Climate Solutions and Climate Justice with 100% Renewable Energy
Today was a chilly and windy day in downtown Ottawa. Over 25,000 people gathered at City Hall and marched through the streets to Parliament Hill for a massive rally on “Climate Solutions and Climate Justice, 100% Possible”. Police that I spoke to said there were >10,000; in any case the gathering was the largest in Ottawa’s history for climate change.
The demand is for political leaders in Paris to agree to strong reductions of fossil fuel emissions, with the goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by the year 2050: namely zero fossil fuel emissions by 2050. In the first video that I took of the march, I am standing several feet high on the roadside barrier in front of the US Embassy in downtown Ottawa, capturing the incredible energy and passion of the vibrant marching mass of thousands of people passing me:
Climate Solutions & Justice Ottawa March (1/3) // Published on Nov 29, 2015
November 29th. Ottawa’s kick-off for action at the Paris COP21 climate change talks. I filmed the start of the march. Organizers, and others say 25,000 people attended; police said -10,000. Huge either way; largest in Ottawa’s history. Objective for society must be for zero emissions, as soon as possible…
Personally I think we are in an emergency situation, the likes the world has never seen before. I have thought this for about the last 5 years, with no doubts and 100% certainty. I think that we are undergoing early stages of abrupt climate change, that if continued unchecked will lead to an Arctic “blue-ocean event” by 2020 or sooner, and the enormous feedbacks will then carry us to a much warmer planet, greatly exceeding the 20C threshold rise that the politicians debate. A blue-ocean event guarantees that the frequency, severity and duration of extreme weather events will ramp up 10 to 20 times over what we see today.
Aerial Photograph at End of Rally (notice says 100%)
Zeroing emissions as-soon-as-possible, on an emergency footing is only one leg of the three legged bar-stool. It will alone not stop the nonlinear climate change that we have initiated. The second leg of the stool is Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR).
We must remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to stabilize the chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans to ensure a stable climate system, this is necessary to prevent the ocean acidification from taking out the phytoplankton base of the marine food chain, which would cause a collapse of the entire ocean ecosystem, followed by terrestrial biosphere collapse.
The third leg of the stool, equally important is to cool the Arctic using Solar Radiation Management (SRM) methods, to restore the stability of the atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns. The bar-stool is precariously balanced, and about to tip over to an unrecognizably warmer planet.
In my second of three posted videos, I continued to freeze my butt and fingers off as I captured the bulk of the march towards Parliament Hill.
Climate Solutions & Climate Justice Ottawa March (2/3) // Published on Nov 29, 2015
This second video of three that I filmed today is of the thousands of people in the climate change march passing me as I balanced precariously on the concrete road barrier in front of the US embassy in downtown Ottawa. It was chilly and windy and I froze my butt and fingers off, but the sacrifice was well worth it.
From my vantage point, balancing precariously on the roadside barrier I continued to film and pay attention to the amazingly creative signs that people carried.
100% Clean. 100% Possible, 100% Solutions
Freeze tar sands expansion, Dude, where’s my rainforest?
Save Us. Save Me.
On Thin Ice SOS, With gold, we cannot buy another planet
Go Green, Climate is a Human Rights Issue
As the end of the march passed my location on the roadside buttress, I reflected on the enormous mass of humanity that had just passed me. It is these moments that give me great strength to continue on my climate education and social media path. I quickly took a shortcut to Parliament Hill to meet up with the crowd there.
I quickly headed to the steps directly in front of Parliament Hill, and found a great spot to continue filming just behind the podium set up for speakers. In my third and final video, I recorded some of the speeches and the crowd as they each held up white pieces of paper to allow a cameraperson atop a crane to take some memorable photos of the event.
Climate Solutions & Climate Justice Ottawa March (3/3) // Published on Nov 29, 2015
The third video of three that I filmed on the Ottawa Climate Change Rally. Over 25,000 people attended, according to media sources, -10,000 according to the police liaison officers that I spoke to. I filmed the crowd from atop the steps just in front the Parliament Building, iron barricades, and police carrying submachine guns. I asked them if these weapons were really necessary, being in open display? No reply, just a look that one does not ask.
All in all, it was an incredible day. Now, we need real action at COP21 in Paris. What can be simpler than a global price on carbon? Do we really need 40,000 people to go to a place like Paris to achieve this. We need real action to zero fossil fuel emissions as quickly as possible, not people in suits talking in slow motion, like the previous 20 COPs. Like I have said before:
We have had 20 COPs and achieved squat.
Can we have a lucky 21?
It wins in BlackJack,
Why not in climate?
Guess Who I Met at the Rally. No Less than Dr. David Suzuki!
Now, for the highlight of my day. At City Hall the incredible David Suzuki was the last speaker. He said that he spoke as a grandfather and an elder. After his call for the initiation of the march towards Parliament Hill he started walking and was surrounded by vast numbers of media. I kind of tagged along, and was a few rows behind him and the banners at the start of the march. As we proceeded towards Parliament Hill I thanked him for being in Ottawa, and introduced myself and my work.
We proceeded to talk for 5 to 10 minutes while walking in the march, on Arctic temperature amplification, jet stream slowing and waviness causing extreme weather events to increase in severity, frequency and duration and on the enormous risks of methane emissions from the permafrost and marine sediments in the Kara Sea and the Eastern Siberian Arctic Shelf.
He asked me what I thought of Guy McPhersons view that its game over for humanity in 2030. I said that humans, acting in concert with the best science and technology can become the largest braking feedback in the entire climate system, but we have reached the wall and must act immediately. Thus, I could not agree with Guy. He thought that Guy was wrong to take hope from people. I gave him and his assistant my business card after I had handwritten my new website paulbeckwith.net onto the card. I told him that I had filmed over 90 educational videos on climate change over the last several years, and he seemed impressed so I very much hope that he looks at some of them.