Our Ministry for the Future reading: the end

The Keeling Curve (475).
  1. What made the successful decarbonization work? How would be describe the strategy?
  2. Related to 1: which pressure points were squeezed to make the victory happen?
  3. Some geoengineering plays a key role in the world’s triumph. It’s less ambitious than anything spaceborne, but definitely more than we’re doing (deliberately) now. Is this a kind of geoengineering compromise or middle path?
  4. Arguably the world’s success was partially driven by terrorism. Nobody is identified as the authors of all of those acts of violence, much less prosecuted for conducting them. In fact Badim, head of the Ministry’s “black wing,” is promoted to the next head of the organization. What argument is the novel ultimately making about the climate crisis and violence?
  5. What role did higher education play in the novel, overall?
  6. On the last two pages Mary and Art return to the Ganymede statue (seen earlier) and wonder about its meaning:
“…where the statue of Ganymede stood…. This was a place she often came to; something in the statue, the lake, the Alps far to the south, combined in a way she found stirring, she couldn’t say why.” (34)
  • An apparent ecoterror attack took place in Colorado, breaking natural gas lines.
  • What if users owned technology?
  • A new Karl Schroeder story offers an interesting take on an environmentally positive blockchain currency.
  • The New York Times looks back on the “deep adaptation” paper.
  • UPCO2 claims to be “the world’s first tradable, carbon token available on a public blockchain.” More: “When you invest in UPCO2, you invest in sustainably preserving the rainforest, which is good for the planet and your portfolio. UPCO2 is the best way for you to buy, hold, sell or burn carbon credits. It’s convenient, trustworthy and rewarding. It’s a financial incentive to do what’s right for the planet and to do well for yourself in turn. A crypto that’s actually clean.” (thanks to Steve Foerster)

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Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander

Futurist, speaker, writer, consultant, educator. Author of the FTTE report and ACADEMIA NEXT. Creator of The Future Trends Forum.