BSB 192     J. Morris Hicks     (3-14-19)  
Mainstream Media. FINALLY Taking Notice.
Of the reality of climate change...

Today I am featuring one of the world's first mainstream journalist/authors to take climate change as seriously as it deserves to be taken. He is David Wallace-Wells and I particularly draw your attention to his new book entitled:

The Uninhabitable Earth (Penguin 2019) 

As I was skimming through  my Kindle copy recently, I came upon what I call "the quote of the book" - as it addressed the topic that is near and dear to my heart: imagined  or envisioned solutions to the host of sustainability issues we face. He wrote:

"We just haven't yet discovered the political will, economic might, and cultural flexibility to install and activate those [ visions ] - because doing so requires something a lot bigger, and more concrete, than imagination. It means nothing short of a complete overhaul of the world's energy systems, transportation, infrastructure and industry and agriculture."

Exactly what I have been talking about with GRATOLA

In the book, he talks about "imagining" being the easy part that pales in comparison to the monumental task of making those visions come true. 
Naturally, I agree with that, but would argue that, for the massive overhaul efforts to be successful, they must be based on a sound overall vision -  a key element that zero mainstream scientists or journalists have yet described.

Maybe his new book, videos and appearances will help wake up the necessary leaders. In this recent video on PBS, he talks candidly about why individual, un-coordinated efforts will not get the job done. 

7-Minute Video Worth Watching (3-1-18)

Why climate change is an 'all-encompassing threat'
Why climate change is an 'all-encompassing threat'

Watching that video may whet your appetite  for a little more information on this incredibly important topic. I recommend that you  take time to read this recent  Wallace-Wells  opinion piece that was published in the  New York Times  on 2-16-19.

In it, he does a great job of combining facts, logic and his own opinion as he calmly describes what we're all facing:

Little  Background.  In July of 2017, I featured Wallace-Wells in a BSB that I referred to as a "breakthrough" piece because it was the first time I had seen a mainstream journalist take climate change that  seriously.  Here is a link to that BSB.


Now, 18 months after his "breakthrough" article, a great many more thought leaders, academics and scientists are now recognizing climate change as the grave threat that it is. Even the UN's Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has dramatically shortened its window for action.

They reported in October that we've only got about eleven years left to avoid the worst effects of climate change. And that news was reported widely (including CNN) in this 10-8-18 piece entitled:  Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn.

So what happens next? Now that the word is officially out there regarding the certainty of disruptive climate change in our future, a great many more people are weighing in on this topic every day and they're talking about solutions involving everything from aggressive geo-engineering to blockchain technology to more aggressive deployment of green energy.

And some are even talking about the need to overhaul our global economy that currently depends on perpetual growth in a world of finite resources.

What's missing? Two things.
  • There is zero talk about the urgency of curbing our exploding population as we're still adding almost a million people every four days.
  • There is also no talk about a global vision for what a sustainable economy and overall living arrangement for eight or ten billion people might look like.
Where are the futuristic "architects" who must catch the vision and convert all of this vision into a set of blueprints with a realistic budget? And how many of them are even aware that actually living in harmony with nature is not possible without abolishing our  grossly unsustainable habit of  eating animals?    

Can we get this done?  Although the IPCC says we've only got eleven years; in reality, we may have even less than that. 

At times like these, I always harken back to the brilliant words of Dr. E.O. Wilson:

"We have enough intelligence, goodwill, generosity and enterprise to turn Earth into a paradise both for ourselves and for the biosphere that gave us birth ... the problem is that we are an innately dysfunctional species."

So all we have to do is solve our dysfunctionality issue. No easy task for sure, but I believe the first part of Dr. Wilson's quote in that we have all the qualities we need to quickly learn to live in harmony with nature. But will we?

And do we have enough time? We're running out of the time needed to create the vast global human habitat that will not only be acceptable to Mother Nature, but as Lovelock says, may actually improve the our ecosystem.

That said, I believe that we must develop a "vision" of a global economy and lifestyle that most humans would find attractive enough to enthusiastically support.

Once we have that vision, I will borrow a few words from Dr. Stephen Emmott, who stated that, if were faced with a widely recognized civilization threatening emergency, we could easily enlist the active involvement of every scientist, engineer, university and business in the world to make that sustainable lifestyle vision a reality. 

The Bottom Line. Our underlying problem is that our "civilization threatening emergency" is not recognized by enough people in power and it will very likely require  a HUGE natural disaster of epic proportion to attract the support of enough world leaders to get started in earnest.

Maybe yesterday's alarming U.N. report will jolt a few world leaders into action. But, I doubt it. 

So, as I said in last week's BSB, my moral compass says that I can only do what feels right to me, and that means continuing to share a "vision" that just might trigger more robust thinking and profound action of enough informed experts who are capable of making something like this (or much better) happen. 

This envisioned AGRA solution below was described first in the 9-21-18 BSB just beneath this image. 

American Green Region Authority

followed by this one a month later

Since then, I have posted a related BSB on this topic every single week and here are links to six of them.

So What can you do?  Three things:

1. Live as greenly as possible while doing all that you can to raise the awareness of "big picture" solutions that are ultimately necessary to save our civilization.

2. Share this BSB and my  "Mama Ain't Happy" BSB with prominent journalists, thought leaders and/or elected officials whom you respect. They need to learn a lot more about the many reasons why  Mama ain't happy.

3. Help me find thoughtful audiences where I can speak freely about the most important topic in the history of humanity.

Until next time, just remember...

Humanity is on a collision course with Nature.
A damaged Nature will survive. We may not.
We must change course to avert an ecological disaster.

Be well,

J. Morris (Jim) Hicks 
CEO, 4Leaf Global, LLC

I welcome your feedback and/or questions at:

Need  a speaker for your group?  My updated topic for 2019:  Saving our Civilization -- Earth as a "System"

 (now contains 5-minute video of me speaking in Tucson) 

Upcoming events.  My next  public presentation
will be in April at the University of Scranton - an event co-sponsored by The Greenhouse Project and the Environmental Studies concentration at the university. 

In 2018, I spoke at a  VegFest in  Fort Myers, at  in Honolulu and Kahului, Maui, the   College of the Holy Cross  in Worcester, MA, a  Plant Powered Manhattan  event in New York, and at a lakeside health conference in  South Haven, Michigan

Link to a 56-minute video of my April 2018 talk in Honolulu:  Food. Health. Planet. Our Future as a Species.

To schedule a presentation at a venue near you, please contact me at

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