The Living Earth Paradigm:
A better view for a better planet.
The prevailing perspective on climate change is leading us astray.
|Issue||Prevailing Paradigm||Living Earth Paradigm|
|Carbon in the atmosphere||is the main problem.||Is a long-term problem, |
but a short-term distraction.
|Carbon in the soil||is a nice place to put carbon||is key to holding water and building life|
|Water in the soil||is relatively unimportant||Is critical for cooling and for life|
|Water in the atmosphere||has no net effect on climate||is the main driver of climate.|
|Land temperature is mostly determined by||climate||ground cover: bare dry ground gets hot in the sun|
|Plants are important because they||draw down carbon||cool the planet, hydrate the soil, control the weather (and draw down carbon)|
|The main cause of fires, floods, and drought||climate change||destruction of soil and plant life|
|Deserts result from||drought||mismanagement of land, livestock, and water|
|Slowing water upstream||decreases water downstream||increases water downstream|
|Living things||are affected by climate||control the climate|
|Humans caused climate change by||burning fossil fuels||defoliating the planet|
|Solutions have to come from||the power elite||almost everyone almost everywhere|
|The climate problem must be addressed||globally||locally|
|How long it will take to reverse…||greenhouse gas levels? 1000 yrs||landscape degradation? 10 years|
|The most important thing to do||stop emissions that capture heat||restore healthy ecosystems|