“to work on planet-wide problems, we must become planetary thinkers. We must learn how to be humans aware of our natures, our Earthly context and the systems which make up the planet of which we are a part.”
I've spent a lot of time trying to understand what it means to think at a planetary scale.
This 2011 piece was my best attempt at articulating what planetary thinking could be.
Now do climate change
COVID-19 has removed "no way" from my mindset. https://twitter.com/MattFromSMM/status/1243923250431684613
We’re pressing our face against the glass separating our reality from...whatever is out there.
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So I made a PAPR (powered air purifying respirator) over the past week in my spare time during self isolation. It was mainly to see if I could do it and ended up learning some cool new skills!
Here's a thread of the steps in designing & building this thing, with pics! (1/11)
Epidemiologists and virologists can't tell society how to respond to #COVID19
Climate scientists can't tell society how to respond to the climate crisis.
Both of these impact everyone, there are many tradeoffs to navigate, and we all have a voice and a part to play.
Useful thought experiment: Imagine if everyone knew their status (uninfected / infected / recovered) on a one-week interval. How could appropriate transmission precautions be maintained, in the long term, in this information environment? Not just universal shelter in place.
On time scales beyond a few weeks - and certainly the time frame considered by the Imperial study - the feedbacks dominate (in either direction). We will find 1000 ways large and small to adapt to the new reality. My only prediction is that things will change, a lot.
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