Will Steffen: one hell of a party pooper

Climate expert Professor Will Steffen invited to a seminar today in Stockholm, in which he presented some extremely depressing facts. Those facts left me devastated, but also more motivated than ever to come up with something more positive.

The seminar was at KTH and was called: ’Surviving the Anthropocene: Towards Global Sustainaibility’. The video below is an abbreiviated TED-version of the much longer lecture I attended, but you will get the drift.

If you are a human being, and I suppose you are, I recommend that you make your self aware of what kinds of changes on the planet that the human enterprise is creating right now.

Most important however, is to understand what Steffen says about the Planetary Boundaries and consider how we can respect those in both the small, and the large. And really, in the age of man: How do we stay inside Earths Safe Operating Space?

The speech left me quite devastated. In fact I can hardly think of a more horrific story to tell and perhaps that is the reason why most of us still deny these facts or pretend they are of other peoples concern.

Well, all of us are busy living our lives so who will take the lead? The politicians? Hardly since we just saw COP 18 in Doha fail miserably. The big corporations? Not a chance as long as economics works the way it does. Can we just muddle through this then? I believe not.

I believe in a humanity that grows up and unite. Its our only chance to survive with our integrity intact.

By this time you know that I am truly worried. What we need though, is to not worry, but to raise our heads, stand tall and start creating positive visions on how the path to a sustainable, thriving planet with a human race that lives in peace.

Let’s get to work!

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