"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Write your editors re G8 academies statement

Don Libby on the GlobalChange list makes the suggestion that we write letters to the editor of prominent local media demanding coverage of the joint statement of the national academies.

This would be especially effective coming from a group of credentialed scientists at a major university. If you're in a position to drum up such a letter writing campaign, even on a small scale, please do so.

(see other recent postings on this blog; will update with links later).

Update: I posted on this on Grist. Let me know if you spot any effect.

1 comment:

Heiko said...

I see now which four statements you meant. It's the third that strikes me as potentially the strongest, especially the word "yet", because that implies that soon it may be too late, echoing Hansen's thoughts on tipping points. What's missing though is any elaboration of the point (ie what is the problem that will become insoluble, why will it become insoluble, what will be the consequences, Hansen goes into all that detail, namely the main problem is sea level rise of 5-15m over 200-300 years, we'll be beyond a tipping point because of societal and climate system lags and the consequences will be the abandonment of a lot of coastline - not that I agree with Hansen's line of argument, but I understand what he's got in mind).