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Next - Report on the San Francisco Climate Week (April 5-10, 2021)
We had a great week with many events and attendees. Here's a Summary Report.
“There is very little excuse for the world to not begin reducing emissions immediately, especially when there can be plenty of renewable energy”
The foremost objective of our week’s events were to convince beyond a shadow of doubt that there were quantitative actionable time bound solutions so that there was NO EXCUSE for the nations and people of the world to not begin to act towards solutions and start reducing their emissions IMMEDIATELY. Next, it was to highlight the efforts of activists, authors and green champions, to celebrate their efforts through dance, art and poetry, to follow their leadership in activism, and to build alliances.
For this the San Francisco Climate Week (April 5-10) was organized by Brighter Climate Futures and Authors, Large & Small, We are on our way to apply pressure locally and globally for the world to begin in 2021 the process to get to Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (or earlier)! The world has run out of excuses. We have the solutions - now let’s go and implement them!
Here is a summary of how we have championed global, national and local solutions and have begun to strengthen coalitions from the local to global. We had four great events during the week and a grand finale on Saturday, April 10. I (Dr. Hari Lamba) gave talks on quantitative actionable time bound solutions for the whole world, the US, and for California, along with revolutionary concepts for green transportation, described in my recent book, “Brighter Climate Futures – A Global Energy, Climate & Ecosystem Transformation”, Regent Press, Berkeley, California. We had excellent talks from both local and national speakers (including those from the Sierra Club, 350 Bay Area (a group that is very active locally), Solar Rights Alliance, Marin Clean Energy, Local Power, and Climate Healers (on the need to reduce animal agriculture that gives 15% of global emissions), protect rooftop solar, define detailed emission reduction strategies (Sierra Club’s Climate Emergency Mobilization team website), clean and just transportation, the activism of local groups, and the effect of fossil fuel air pollution on human health.
Our finale on Saturday April 10 evening, was an extravaganza of poetry, comics for climate, watercolors with poetry, and a dance video. Another major video shown came from Climate Stick for mass mobilization! We concluded with an inspiring vision of how we can have a more beautiful, cleaner and more prosperous world, with plenty of renewable energy, if we successfully implement the needed transformation. ALL of the events will be posted on YouTube under the playlist, “Brighter Climate Futures” where already about 10 videos have been posted. For descriptions, also keep visiting the Facebook page “Brighter Climate Futures”
More detailed descriptions of the talks and events of the week, the websites of organizations and articles will be posted in the near future on this website
“From the local to the global, we will persist until we succeed.
Together, let’s keep at it”
Dr. Hari Lamba
San Francisco Bay Area
SUMMARIES OF PAST EVENTS OF OUR GREAT CLIMATE WEEK!
THESE EVENTS WILL ALL BE POSTED ON YOUTUBE AND LINKS PROVIDED.
SUMMARY of the First Event, Monday, April 5
Our first event was great on Monday. I gave a summary of my global climate plan based on my book, Dr. Sailesh Rao of climate healers talked about damage by caused by animal agriculture and our civilizational crisis, and Dave Rosenfeld of the Solar Rights Alliance talked about protecting roof top solar from electric utilities. The benefits of a vegan diet would be good for us and planet, and so would going from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. We had an excellent Q&A as follow up, and here is the video that was already posted on YouTube.
SUMMARY of the Second Event, Tuesday, April 6
Our second event on Tuesday was great! Jenna Famular talked about their organization Marin Clean Energy (MCE) that provides and alternative to the local electric utility in supplying green renewable powers and which appears as an option on people’s electric bills. Hari Lamba presented a talk on the energy, climate and ecosystem transformation “Plan” for California, that included wildfire preparation and was based on his book, “Brighter Climate Futures”. Rand Wrobel of 350 Bay Area provided a very multi-dimensional effort for climate and energy activism in the San Francisco Bay Area, form rallies, to political advocacy and more. Richard Rollins presented the efforts of the Climate Emergency Mobilization team of the Sierra Club, and emphasized the need to get started NOW. He also showed the resources available on the website that folks should access and check out that cover many areas. We had a good Q&A session, and the video will be posted on YouTube.
Summary of the Third Event, Wednesday, April 7
Our third event of the week was very informative. Paul Fenn, who was among the pioneers of the Community Choice Aggregation concepts, legislation and initiatives, early in the late 1990s and then in 2001, spoke about the need to transition to the third concept or CCA 3.0, which would more heavily favor the transition from fossil fuels to renewables and make the whole process more equitable to localities, communities and cities. Hari Lamba described his proposed quantitative actionable time bound climate action plan for the US, that included comparisons of what he has proposed with what Biden and Sanders had proposed during their presidential campaigns for the 2020 US elections, and the US Green New Deal (national federal legislation). Jessica Tovar of the Local Clean Energy Alliance gave a very spirited talk of how they were attempting to make sure the economic benefits of clean energy came to the communities most affected by the damaging effects of fossil fuel pollution, and their plans and mobilization for the future. The Q&A session extended into overtime, and the video will be posted on YouTube.
Summary of the Fourth Event, Friday, April 9
Jack Lucero Fleck (350 Bay Area) “Clean & Just Transportation”
Hari Lamba (Brighter Climate Futures): “Revolutionary Concepts for Green Transportation”
Koami Hayibo (Michigan Tech. Univ.) “3 Things you should know about solar PV pricing”
THE APRIL 10 EVENT ON ZOOM, 6-8 pm PST (US Pacific Standard Time)
“Getting to Net Zero – Community Celebration” (Zoom)
Jen Karetnick (Poet & Writer)
Deidra Renkenberger (Comics for Climate) “Comics for Climate - Our Changing World”
Pat Rice (Climate Stick) - A video on their mass mobilization for climate change - about 10 mins
Lucille Lang Day (Poet & Writer) “Eco-Poetry”
Dance Break with Giti of The Dance Floor
Jan Kirsch (350 Bay Area) “Climate Change – Fossil Fuel Pollution & Health”
Hari Lamba (Brighter Climate Futures) based on his book, "The History of Our Earth & Our Role in its Future" He recited the poem while showing the watercolors. This book brings home what the planet has done for us over hundreds of millions of years by sequestering the carbon in fossil fuels and burying them in the ground them, hence cooling the Earth.
Hari Lamba - A Vision of how clean, beautiful and healthy our world will look like after the transformation (Detailed vision described in Chapter 13 of the Brighter Climate Futures book.
This grand finale was a gathering with art, poetry, and dance and speakers to celebrate our commitment to reverse climate change. All weekday and weekend events were totally free
Dr. Lamba's talks are based on his book, “Brighter Climate Futures – A Global, Energy, Climate & Ecosystem Transformation,“ by Dr. Hari Lamba, Regent Press, Berkeley, California, that is described herein. and a packet of tree seeds (Apologies, the mailing can only be made to US residents). Parts of this event will definitely be participatory! Two writer/poets have already signed up to speak at this event and share their work and their art. This event has been organized by Cristina Deptula, who has been spear heading our social media campaign so that our Climate Futures can be Brighter!
Why is my Brighter Climate Futures Transformation Plan and Book Unique?
By Dr. Hari Lamba
People keep asking me as to what is different or better about my transformation plan and new book. Why should they listen to me, when there are other proposals or plans out there? Well here is why.
Because it is the only transformation plan and book that provides a complete quantitative time bound Global plan that will provide plenty of clean renewable energy, rid us of the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, minimize global average temperature rise, and leave us with rejuvenated forests, coastal ecosystems and a regenerative agriculture, for a clean and beautiful Earth with a good life for all.
All other plans out there call for a significant level of fossil fuel use by 2050. This includes the scenarios by the International Energy Agency and IRENA (international renewable energy agency). “Drawdown” is a very good reference book with benefits and costs of options, as well as a good ranking of options, but it does not come close to providing a plan, and nor does it take up the issues related to replacing fossil fuels. Jacobson provides lists of quantitative renewable energy options for different US states and about 120 nations and has very good information. But what he proposes also does not amount to a plan in the sense of how we transition out of fossil fuels in all sectors of the economy. Nobody talks about how fossil fuels will be replaced in all sectors with renewable energy. For example, how will fossil fuel power plants be replaced with renewable energy power plants? For the US, the Biden plan is good, and definitely better than the destructive approach of Trump, but does not go far enough. By including fracking for natural gas production and talking about carbon capture and sequestration, he is allowing fossil fuels to be part of the plan.
My global transformation plan is the ONLY one out there that provides a road map of what, how, where and when. We cannot keep global average temperature rise below 1.5 Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit unless we totally transition out of fossil fuels. Only less than 1% of the Earth’s land area worth of solar panels is needed to produce ALL the world’s energy needs. We need to replace fossil fuels with solar+battery+hydrogen (SBH) power plants plus rejuvenated ecosystems. My book introduces the revolutionary concept of Solar-Electric-Hydrogen Highways that will transform all of the world’s road transport to renewable energy – either directly (by solar charging), or by hydrogen, also produced with renewable energy. We overcome the variability of renewable (mainly solar) energy by storing it in large battery systems and making large commercial quantities of hydrogen and ammonia. We need to solve climate change now! My transformation plan and book is the only one out there which lays it out: when we do it we will have “Brighter Climate Futures”
The transformation I am proposing is quantitative and time bound in order to keep the global temperature rise at or below 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. It describes quantitatively what is needed, and then describes in detail a strategy of what, when, how and where. It becomes even more meaningful by providing detailed quantitative transformation plans for the global level and then for all high emitter “nations” - the US (including California), China, India and the European Union.
It proposes a way of having plenty of renewable energy for all our global expanding energy needs (conservation and energy efficiency are significant, but there is no talk of it being inadequate for our economic needs), makes bold proposals to expand major global ecosystems as carbon sinks (that make a first major step towards restoring biodiversity and stem the massive extinction of species that is occurring), meets carbon emission requirements by essentially replacing fossil fuels, and deals with all other aspects such as disaster management, transformation of agriculture, addresses the jobs, economy, just transition and energy democracy aspects, and the describes the global organizational and funding strategy to implement the plan. Then, it not only defines a Global Green New Deal (GND), but also shows how both the US and the Global Green New Deals can be implemented. There is no other plan or proposal that does all that.
Other proposals for climate solutions are of one of the following types: they make qualitative suggestions and suggest directions, provide good quantitative reference information but do not say what will be done when, make quantitative proposals or projections but are not designed to meet the temperature rise goals or do not say what needs to be done by when and how, or are very good in a particular area but not comprehensive. Stalwarts like Bill McKibben and Al Gore have carried the banner for the last two decades and done a creditable job qualitatively proposing and championing climate change solutions. These are all good efforts in the direction of solutions and each provides some value, but they are not comprehensive and are mostly quantitatively inadequate. All of these are described in the book and compared with my proposed transformation plan.
Read the endorsement by Paul Fenn, that appears on the back cover of my book to understand the importance of my transformation plan and book!!
"Climate change: upping the ambition," a chapter title in Lamba's book, encapsulates his mission and peculiar criterion. Better Climate Futures compares with Hawken’s Drawdown book as a plan compares with a list of technologies, and is geographically specific, a key criterion of decarbonization, not only as to which technologies fit which places, but also as to the even more critical question of locally specific policy pathways, highlighting the advent of Community Choice Aggregation in the United States, for example - making the ideas in play actionable for readers in real world conditions, and in the increasingly short timeframe for climate mobilization.”
-Paul Fenn, Local Power LLC - Creator of Green Bonds and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
Order the book and read and see for yourself!
From Barnes & Noble (Bookstore – US)
YouTube Video - Slide Presentation (10 mins) - Brighter Climate Futures
NEWS: Article published on Coastal Ecosystems
Our first article got published on the importance coastal ecosystems or “Blue Carbon” in San Francisco’s Bay area! This is in the Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay Chapter’s Yodeler Magazine
Read the article here and understand why the massive global expansion of these ecosystems that I have proposed in my book is so important.
Article recently published in Yodeler, magazine of the San Francisco Bay Chapter - Sierra Club – Importance of Bay Area Coastal Ecosystems
We need to rejuvenate our coastal ecosystems on ALL of our Earth’s non-ice coastline. This has tremendous potential for absorbing carbon in the plants, trees and soils of these ecosystems, that are like mangrove swamps, salt marshes and sea grasses. Per area, these can absorb more carbon than even tropical forests, which is why these have been called “Blue Carbon”, as compared to the “Green Carbon” of forests. At the same time this begins to reverse the tremendous extinction of species, in this case all types of ocean and shore life. We need to stop the destruction of these coastal ecosystems in the name of the wrong kinds of “development” and ecologically destructive shrimp and fish farms that pollute with chemical fertilizers and anti-biotics. We need anywhere from a few hundred meters (or yards to up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) worth of ecosystems on all our shorelines. The expansion of coastal ecosystems will do much to restore ocean life, restore collapsing fisheries and help protect shorelines in case of storms.
Your Brighter Climate Futures champion – Hari Lamba
Here is both a ringing endorsement and a detailed video of the global energy, climate and ecosystem plan that I am proposing, and which I have described in my new book, “Brighter Climate Futures” that is available from Amazon. You can also go to the Book Page and click on the ordering options! The first order of business globally is to replace all coal fired power plants with renewable energy power plants. See the book for details.
"My long experience with financing solar energy tells me that to solve our climate problem requires an energy transformation of the type that Hari has proposed. He has the background to understand the technologies, as well as the economic, political and ecological aspects of the solutions, that makes his transformation plan truly credible. Let’s do it!” - Jigar Shah, Founder of SunEdison. Order the book, read it and then push for acceptance and implementation of the global transformation. Here is the ten minute YouTube video that describes my overall global transformation plan and book
Hari Lamba Video Conversation with Olga Bolotina of the Sierra Club August 7, 2020
We had a very interesting video conversation on Facebook with Olga Bolotina, the Chair of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, who is also a sustainability expert, where we talked about my background in terms of how I came to the US, what influenced my thinking about global and US environment and development issues, and how I got educated about and then involved in climate change. On the way we had an interesting conversation about how you judge the quality of a democracy that I had in my earlier book, Rethinking Progress. Towards the tail end, we also discussed the book that is being published by Regent Press titled, “Brighter Climate Futures – A Global Energy, Climate and Ecosystem Transformation,” by myself (Dr. Hari Lamba) that outlines a comprehensive and time bound plan to solve the climate crisis by 2050 in a way that we end up with plenty of clean renewable energy and a healthier and more beautiful planet.
The video can be found in two places now:
Endorsement of the Book by Jigar Shah, Founder of Sun Edison
"My long experience with financing solar energy tells me that to solve our climate problem requires an energy transformation of the type that Hari has proposed. He has the background to understand the technologies, as well as the economic, political and ecological aspects of the solutions, that makes his transformation plan truly credible. Let’s do it!”
PV Magazine reported on April 22, 2020 that Belgium was the first nation in Europe to get rid of coal, and Austria is due to close down its last power plant. However, two years ahead of schedule, Sweden shut down its last operating coal fired power plant ahead of schedule. The power utility Stockholm Exergi announced that it will permanently close its coal fired cogeneration plant in eastern Stockholm. Their chief executive Anders Exelrud said that they realized they not only have to eliminate their carbon emissions from fossil fuels, but also have to reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Eleven nations of the European Union (of 28 nations) have decided to get out of coal during the next decade. However, Germany, the biggest producer and user of coal in Europe, as of yet, does not plan to get out of coal until 2038.”
The author Dr. Hari Lamba, has experience in engineering, business and ecology. He has a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with about 40 years of experience in industry, both in engineering product development and in advanced technology.