the online Game Changer Intensive (www.uptous.org)
course through the Pachamama Alliance (www.pachamama.org)
I came across material by two Russian scientists Natalia Shakhova and Igor
studying the source of methane release in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. They
realized it was coming from the shallow sea bed as well as the exposed
permafrost. They were not at all happy with their findings - because if the hundreds of gigatons of
methane are released into the atmosphere the risk of a positive feedback spiral
of catastrophic climate change would become exponential; the cause of global warming
won’t matter – it will be unstoppable, with the potential to replicate the extinction
of most life on earth that happened at the end of the Permian period 250
million years ago.
I was in despair. I had to do something.
So I set out
to write this open letter, ostensibly for the Minister of the Environment, but
really for the world. I wanted to make it a positive story of possibilities,
rather than leave people in a state of helplessness brought on by fear. I
wanted to bring in some of the ideas of Charles Eisentstein, Mark Hathaway,
Maude Barlow and other visionaries.
I hope it
works to get people active – connecting head heart and feet - in bringing about
the world we want.