“With mankind gone, how will Gorilla Survive?” –From Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” (Or How we can save the world from Ourselves?”)
The overwhelming amount of daily opinion acting as news and media overload has caused this journalist and Publisher as well as millions of us to seek shelter in Nature. When one looks at the natural world, we see an ecosystem that works on its own, in balance, in harmony. A bee doesn't need Google to know what to do, a natural metamorphosis and Homeostasis just happens naturally, and birds generally know when danger is near. One of the biggest flaws in humanity is the notion that "We are here to run this place."
While the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals have been shared by academics and parliamentarians as well as leaders of various governmental sectors, our flawed and over-compromised communications systems keep most of the public in the dark of what the public can do to contribute to a healthier world, a world in balance with our Planet. Instead of living in balance and in harmony, we live in dysfunction, disease and constant war. A Society cannot truly thrive when we’re in a constant state of ignorance.
To clearly articulate the possibilities for citizen consumption, we are featuring a few of the many important excerpts from a White Paper by Regina Lamour which is titled: “Sixth wave of innovation, Forth Industrial Revolution and Energy Breakthroughs as levers of Paradigm shift.”
What is influencing our path?
The challenges in this century are enormous and the solutions to address them must be outperforming. The damages caused by the aging industrial capitalism are already threatening all future perspectives. At the same time, the major global mega-trends are adding the pressure on natural systems and humans and will be of a greater importance in the next decades. They are global forces such as Shift in Global Economic Power, Demographic Change, Rapid Urbanization, Raise of Technology, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity (PwC, 2016).
And their implications could have profound effects on the events in the 21st century as well as defense and security environment in which nations operate.
Additionally, we are living in an extremely important moment of our history. In the context of increasing systemic complexity, multiple simultaneous stresses and unprecedented challenges, we are in urgent need to address the aggregated global problems as rapidly and efficiently as possible.
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The 6 th wave of innovation is the new development cycle which will demonstrate how our world is going to look like in this century: will it break-through or will it break-down? Most probably, both will happen synchronously depending on the capacity of different regions to respond to global challenges. The 4 th industrial revolution is the technological progress which is already shaping this new wave, and the choice of the energy technologies to power the next cycle will be determinant for its success.
The climate on our planet is changing faster than predicted. Many official sources announce, that we are heading towards the unprecedented warming scenarios, very likely between +3- 6C°, already by the end of this century. And the speed of change can be explained by the increase in the GHG emissions and little considered earlier factors, such as permafrost fawning and rapid Arctic melting, both extremely powerful catalysts of warming. Moreover, with every additional 1°C, the uncertainty of climate system behaviour will grow. As a result, we have little time left to breakthrough in the 6 th wave, and we increase the probability of costly negative events, such as abrupt climate shifts, economic and social breakdowns, sever
resource-based conflicts, etc., especially, if temperatures continue to raise.
Finally, there is no doubt that science is capable to deliver revolutionary solutions and there is a growing need for cheaper and better energy technologies to respond to the global energy demand which is outpacing the population growth nowadays. Even though, we gain in the
energy efficiency to reduce our energy consumption, the global demand will remain too high to be satisfied without harming the environment.
So, it is perfect time to discuss about the energy breakthroughs at political level and define the criteria of future energy technologies capable to support the UN Millennium development goals, such as the end of the energy poverty on our planet, in a sustainable manner.
Besides, there is the raising voice of younger generations more concerned about the situation and capable to see the importance of new solutions for the future, so, together we can play the pivotal role in the transition to turn the 6th wave of innovation into “Green Kondratieff”, and the 4 th industrial revolution into the “Era of Breakthroughs”. All the efforts to follow this direction will result in a better resilience of regions, towns, villages, organisations, families, a better adaptiveness to many inevitable costly risks and stronger social cohesion which is the main condition to maintain in life the dynamic of transformations and cross the turbulence zone, where we are right now, faster and with less losses.
The following vision is built on the Energy Innovation Act designed by the New Energy Movement (US), who is addressing these questions in a systemic way. In current circumstances, the energy breakthroughs are the fastest way to help our civilisation to end all conflicts, poverty and pollution. The potential returns as measured by positive impacts to national security, energy security, human health, the environment, and economics are enormous and incalculable (Breakthrough Power, Garbon, Manning).
SDG 1 and 2: No poverty. Zero hunger.
The energy breakthroughs can supply cheaper and cleaner electricity, heat or cooling, so global standard of living will be greatly improving everywhere. Hunger will disappear as food can be grown with less impact on the environment on restored lands.
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Clean air is an important component of our health and well-being. Various forms of toxic pollution from combustion of fossil fuels become a historical footnote. The remediation can be achieved through elimination of air pollution via rapid electrification and the implementation of the energy technologies of the next generation across carbon-intensive industries.
SDG 4 and 5: Quality education. Gender equality
Education rates continue to improve throughout the developing world. The interest for new technologies to leapfrog into the forth industrial revolution is now real. Human population stabilizes, women are more active and are playing key role in resources preservation. A tremendous wave of human creativity is unleashed to design a cleaner energy infrastructure and better economic model. The societal progress is accelerated by the global culture of sharing and cooperation.
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
Water can be finally supplied to communities anywhere on the Earth with help of new technologies extracting it from the air or sea and repeatedly recycling it using low cost energy. The carbon footprint of desalination industry can be dramatically reduced if powered by the
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
New energy technologies are the strongest levers to transform the global economy from inside-out. Cessation of environmentally-damaging power generation projects means more small and medium scale infrastructure installations, better security, flexibility and freedom to consumers, turning them into smart and responsible prosumers. Expensive, dangerous, landscape altering power transmission lines become obsolete. The era of technologies such as nuclear is no longer among the solutions to halt the climate change and the energy crises. New energy technologies are receiving larger support and recognition.
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
The global economy is entering the 6 th wave of the innovation with higher confidence as soon as the economic growth is powered by clean energy technologies which allow to decouple it from the emissions and plug the global economy into new infrastructure. The advanced energy transition is creating even more jobs.
SDG 9, 11 and 12: Industry, innovation, infrastructure. Sustainable cities and communities.
Responsible consumption and production. Greatly increased recycling of wastes made possible by very low cost energy, further reducing the need for environmentally-damaging resource extraction. Great reduction in environmentally-damaging resource extraction and transportation of fossil and nuclear fuels.
SDG 13: Climate action
The energy breakthroughs are the shortest way to achieve the Paris Agreement goals and reduce the scale of dangerous risks of the global warming. If the R&D in the energy sector is backed up by substantial investments, many technologies will reach the market already in the next decades and allow to cut the emissions by 90% before 2050.
SDG 14 and 15: Life below water. Life on land.
The reparative measures of water and soil by very low-cost energy become possible. Enlightened civilization is choosing a bold new direction of clean cheap power without depleting anything, as people got involved in deciding what energy technologies to support.
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
The role of institutions is even more important to maintain the balance between different economic, political and military forces. The cost of conflicts and geopolitical tensions related to dwindling fossil fuel supplies and other natural resources, resulting in greatly enhanced national security, reduced U.S. military expenditures, and reduced risk to military personnel and civilians.
SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals
Science is more present in the negotiations what makes political decisions more relevant and there is a closer collaborative work among the best world experts in a variety of specific areas, such as climate, bio-diversity, the energy technology category. It is even more important to see the big picture, the high stakes for our civilisation that are involved in our current choices. It is perfect time to learn together how to turn problems into solutions.
The future is in OUR Hands.