Fix Our Planet!
The planet is cooking and it’s 2020 already. We’re going to have to fix this ourselves! It’s the Makers, doers, and hackers who will build the technology to vanquish climate change. So let’s start making the future our kids deserve.
All year long Make: will bring you physicist-slash-genius Dr. Saul Griffith’s prescriptions for decarbonizing our world, plus the top hands-on DIY projects you can do right now, and amazing Makers creating the future in categories like:
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Our Cars and Homes
• Electric cars, bikes, and scooters • Heat pumps for home heating and hot water • Solar panels and home batteries • Electric cooking and appliances • Home design and construction
Our Nation and World
• Power generation: solar, wind, nuclear, fusion, geothermal, biofuels • Charging infrastructure: roads, parking lots • Transmission and distribution: power grids and microgrids • Community heat • Biofuels infrastructure • Climate adaptation • Disaster response
• Plastics: Bioplastics / single-use / ocean • Repair / reuse / recycle • Agriculture, soil, and hydroponics • Concrete, steel, and aluminum • Forestry and trees • Food and diet • Circular economy: demanufacture / remanufacture
To solve climate, we need an epic effort to electrify vehicles and entire homes. Makers can make it happen.
By Saul Griffith
The future could be awesome. Solving climate change and improving everyone’s lives in the bargain is possible. But so far it has proven politically impossible. Our climate policies and Green New Deals are frankly not enough to hit the 2030 targets that science tells us are necessary. We will likely lose all the coral reefs, suffer intolerable ocean acidification, and set in place carbon feedbacks such as methane emissions from melting tundra, if we allow the planet to warm any more.
America can utilize its fabulous natural resources to provide abundant zero-carbon energy to all its citizens. Energy will cost less than ever before, and new jobs will be created in every zip code. We’ll enjoy cleaner air and water, rejuvenated agriculture, and better food. Once on the path to zero emissions, we’ll thrive by exporting technology and know-how to the world.
That could be the future we live in, and it is worth fighting for.
This article is about envisioning the project to decarbonize America (and the world), and the role of Makers in achieving it.
It can be done. It is urgent. It is audacious. We need to stand with the children and get it done, because right now they’re the only adults in the room standing up and telling it like it is. It is a climate emergency. Extinction Rebellion and the Youth Climate Strikers aren’t extremists. They’re the only groups showing appropriate urgency.
We pissed away three decades fighting with ourselves and allowing fossil fuel companies and climate deniers to distract us. We don’t actually have “10 years” as implied by the headlines. We’ve already deployed infrastructure that will burn enough carbon to take us well past 1.5°C and maybe past 2°C. That means we need to replace every vehicle, power plant, furnace, and stovetop, with a zero carbon option, the next time it’s being replaced. We need 100% adoption and perfect execution.
Game on, Makers, it’s your time to shine. Not only do you need to invent all the widgets, but you’ll need to start advocating for the right solutions, and being an ambassador for the better world we could live in.
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