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The Per Capita Principle

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Photo illustration by Morgan Slade and Alex Gross
Photo illustration by Morgan Slade and Alex Gross

2.8 Tons

In a fair world this number represents your own annual C02 emission limit – a limit necessary to maintain a hospitable climate on this planet. Right now developed nations are a long way off the mark. The average North American is responsible for about 20 tons of C02 emissions per year – seven times the per person limit.

The idea that we should share global carbon emissions is called the “per capita principle.” At its heart is the notion that every person living on the planet equally shares the right to emit greenhouse gases. If all seven billion of us share equal carbon emission rights, then climatologists estimate that 2.8 tons of C02 is the limit that each person can emit if we are to have a good chance at keeping the planet’s mean annual temperature from increasing by more than two degrees Celsius (which in 2009 many G8 leaders, Obama included, agreed we must do).

What will be the result if we fail to achieve this goal over the next nine years? Extinction, probably. According to leading climatologist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of Germany, if we fail to reduce our per person carbon emissions to 2.8 tons by 2020, the human species stands little chance of survival.

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MonkeyMuffins

Before you left-in-name-only folks begin planning your work and working your plan, it's paramount to point out the blatantly obvious (but virtually impossible to perceive let alone accept in our culture of make believe):

We are not going to grow, consume, indebt and complicate our way out of the problems of growth, consumption, debt and complexity.

Period, end of fantasy.

From what I have been able to discouragingly discern, over the past 5 to 7 years, the left-in-name-only is obsessed by and addicted to our absurdly stupid--and frankly criminally offensive--dystopia; our delusion of linear progress: we'll shop our way to eco-utopia.

We're in for a rude awakening due to our desperate desire to sleepwalk.

And we deserve the punishment.

Enjoy!

MonkeyMuffins

Before you left-in-name-only folks begin planning your work and working your plan, it's paramount to point out the blatantly obvious (but virtually impossible to perceive let alone accept in our culture of make believe):

We are not going to grow, consume, indebt and complicate our way out of the problems of growth, consumption, debt and complexity.

Period, end of fantasy.

From what I have been able to discouragingly discern, over the past 5 to 7 years, the left-in-name-only is obsessed by and addicted to our absurdly stupid--and frankly criminally offensive--dystopia; our delusion of linear progress: we'll shop our way to eco-utopia.

We're in for a rude awakening due to our desperate desire to sleepwalk.

And we deserve the punishment.

Enjoy!

Anonymous

Shhhhhh!!!!! Don't state the obvious; you'll ruin the good feelings we get when we buy double priced crappy "green" products!
Capitalism comes first!

Anonymous

Shhhhhh!!!!! Don't state the obvious; you'll ruin the good feelings we get when we buy double priced crappy "green" products!
Capitalism comes first!

friends of Aris...

Great points but may I suggest we not raise our noses too high against everyone else who doesn't see things as us. The lefts ultimate historical failure was the inability to be more inclusive of all people in their ideology hence the harsh culture war from 1960 on. We must move on from a bourgeois left and into a global left, not an easy task in today's irrational populace I admit.

Unless there is a better idea I see bridging the gap among the center left and right will be crucial to the ideas of a new left. After-all we'll need all the help we can get in the future.

cheers

friends of Aris...

Great points but may I suggest we not raise our noses too high against everyone else who doesn't see things as us. The lefts ultimate historical failure was the inability to be more inclusive of all people in their ideology hence the harsh culture war from 1960 on. We must move on from a bourgeois left and into a global left, not an easy task in today's irrational populace I admit.

Unless there is a better idea I see bridging the gap among the center left and right will be crucial to the ideas of a new left. After-all we'll need all the help we can get in the future.

cheers

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