Dan Miner's sustainability, resilience and business initiatives
Remembering that Systems are Interconnected as we cope with the Plague, the Crash, and the Abyss of Fascism
Systems analysts look at the how political, social, economic, energy and environmental systems interact - and have a very different perspective than experts in single areas. Many have predicted for years that the overextended, fragile, brittle systems of globalization, artificially pumped up with massive debt bubbles since the 2008 financial crash, were likely to crumble as soon as they encountered a crisis large enough to serve as a tipping point - like this one. We won't be able to "return to normal," but we must try to avoid the worst outcomes and steer toward better ones. Here are articles by Richard Heinberg, Nate Hagens, and Nafeez Ahmed.
Please stay at home and take care of yourself. Check out Chris Martenson's articles and videos about dealing with the virus. If you can do more, look for ways to help out in your community. Then please volunteer for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, and other Democratic candidates of your choice. Door knocking isn't an option for now, but you can easily contact voters from home through phone banking and texting campaign sites, such as Indivisible.
NYC Can Capture Carbon to Cope with the Climate Crisis
- While Cutting Waste Disposal Costs
This project is on hold until after the November election.
We're in a global climate crisis, but we can still avoid the worst case scenarios. Check out the Drawdown Project, a collection of the top 100 methods, extensively researched by scientists, to stop the increase in greenhouse gases and put them into reverse.
There are many ways to reduce carbon emissions by cutting fossil fuel use. It's also essential to capture carbon in solid form and keep it from going back into the atmosphere, and there are just a few ways to do it. The one most accessible to NYC is pyrolysis of carbon-containing organic materials, the process of heating them in the absence of oxygen, which produces charcoal-like products. The organic materials could be agricultural wastes, dead trees, animal manure - or sewage sludge. NYC pays $50 million a year to haul 1,400 tons per day of sewage waste biosolids to faraway landfills. Here's an introduction on how NYC could carbonize that waste stream. It would save money, and open up an entirely new way for NYC to reduce its carbon emissions. It would also make NYC a model for all the world's cities to do the same.
Action step: ask NYC Council to hold a hearing on NYC DEP's research into biosolids disposal alternatives.
Endorsing groups: 350NYC, 350 Brooklyn, Project Drawdown NYC, Forest Hills Green Team, Jackson Heights Beautification Group, West 80s Neighborhood Association, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Jewish Climate Action Network - Massachusetts.
Environmental and civic groups are invited to sign onto this letter.
Local Projects in Forest Hills, Queens
The volunteers with Forest Hills Green Team have reactivated the school garden at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, started a school garden at Forest Hills High School, and are landscaping the Yellowstone Overpass area. We're operating with the guidance of Beyond Organic Design, a permaculture education group, and are focusing on hardy perennials and pollinators.