CARBON NEUTRAL MANUFACTURING
EXTINCTION OF SPECIES - From blue planet to scorched earth because vested interests prevented politicians from putting the brakes on. Economics stopped them thinking about the safety of life on earth. They'd rather die richer, than live, gambling with the future of our children and every other species on earth.
The manufacture of cars, electronics, appliances and homes is vital to the advancement of society and security of families as they grow our collective brain. Industrial production uses vast amounts of energy in the making of our consumer products and food processing. It is vital that we have this ability, but also well worth taking a look at onsite energy generation and other greenhouse gas savings that can be made, granted that the change to renewable energy for the most part solves the problem.
The most obvious way of reducing fossil fuel usage from factories is to use those vast roofing expanses to collect solar energy. This is preferable to co-generation (combined heat and power) using onsite generators to make electricity and heat.
Factories that use a lot of heat, such as for chocolate or other food processing, would benefit from solar water heaters over photovoltaic panels to heat or preheat water to make steam. Much of this depends on the factory location and plot size. In some situations, wind turbines may be appropriate.
A case for energy savings would need to be made in each case, to show long term savings. Grants and eco loans should be made available where the economics are favorable.
USA - Solar panels mounted on the exterior wall of a parking garage in Saint Paul Minnesota. Shopping malls could cut their lighting overheads with solar panel roofing.
SOUTH AFRICA - This is a factory where they assemble MAN trucks. Where there are such vast areas of roof space to take advantage of, to reduce installation costs even more, solar panels should be designed as roofing sheets. At the moment there is no such thing. By and large the automotive industry will take up new technology where it is cost saving. They might need more of a push to adopt a universal battery cartridge, to enable all electric transport networks to be built internationally.
AFRICA - The K-Way Factory has installed a solar power plant in a bid to reduce their
footprint. In August 2017 the system was installed and will help to save 136 tonnes of carbon emissions - equivalent to 35 tonnes of waste, the pollution of 23 cars over a one-year period, or the use of 285 barrels of oil annually. On the day following installation, 200 kilograms of
carbon dioxide were saved, despite it being a cloudy winterís day!
CHANGE OR DIE
The dinosaurs could not adapt in time, they were cumbersome creatures that needed an energy intake to support their mass. This is just like our present economy, based on giant corporations, taxation at every level to support the state and money lenders, living off the sweat of an honest man's toil - as unearned income. There are too many chiefs riding on the backs of the workers like leaches in society. This is unsustainable and it's all based on inequitable loans for overpriced housing and cars, that should perhaps be index linked.
Dinosaur politicians should be replaced with representatives who understand sustainability and what a circular economy means. The dogs that grew up accepting fossil fuels and nuclear power as being normal, are unlikely to be able to grasp new tricks that are alien to them. These relics of overheated economics based on continuous growth, caused global warming. With only one planet to exploit, growth could never be continuous. These were hollow election promises for prosperity, based on borrowing, that led us to the brink.
The Cleaner Ocean Foundation operates as a think tank to promote ideas and technology for a brighter future. Governments around the world have been putting out calls for proposals to alleviate global warming since the 1990s. They have not been successful in fostering development of what we need to prevent the extinction of species or prevent ocean levels from rising. They have put the burden on the shoulders of industry instead of driving change with statute and funding to push for cleaner living.
SIX STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
1. TRANSPORT: Phase out polluting vehicles. Governments aims to end the sale of new petrol, and diesel vehicles by 2040 but have no infrastructure plan to support such ambition. Marine transport can be carbon neutral.
2. RENEWABLES: Renewable energy should replace carbon-based fuels (coal, oil and gas) in our electricity, heating and transport.
3. HOUSING: On site micro or macro generation is the best option, starting with new build homes.
4. AGRICULTURE: We need trees to absorb carbon emissions from a growing population, flying, and to build new homes. Reducing food waste and promoting less energy intensive eating habits such as no meat Mondays.
5. INDUSTRY: Factories should be aiming for solar heating and onsite renewable energy generation.
6. POLITICS: - National governing bodies need to adopt rules to eliminate administrative wastages, to include scaling down spending on war machines, educating the public and supporting sustainable social policies that mesh with other cultures.
CLIMATE ACTIVIST - Greta Thunberg is a 15 year old schoolgirl who knows more about climate change than most of the United Nations delegates put together. That may not be not quite true, but she knows that we have to act now and stop talking about acting. Hence, she knows more in practical terms. Because Greta has no investments in fossil fuels she can see clearly. Once finance and investments comes into play - as with most politicians - they develop climate myopia (Climopia). This is a disease that lodges in the brain and makes the eyes see what the bankers and industrialists want them to see. It is a sort of Pied Piper effect with money luring otherwise sane people to do nothing to upset the gravy train. Climopia prevents politicians from acting to save future generations, where all they can think about is their wallets and the bank accounts of existing stakeholders, ignoring the future of their children.
Miss Thunberg wants the media to tell it straight and tell if more often so as to help politicians with Climopia think and see clearly. Two politicians with serious advanced Climopia are Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The diagnosis for this pair of dinosaurs is Criminal Climopia, otherwise known as insanity. Apparently, the richer you are the more myopic your outlook. A proximity to oil wells and beef-burgers also has an effect - both of course major contributors to global warming. Beef carries a risk of Mad Cow Disease, that may have a link to Climopic Insanity. Greta is a star Climate Changer. On November 30, over 15,000 boys and girls went on strike from school in every capital city and over 20 regional centres across Australia. On March 15, they are going even bigger and inviting adults to join them in solidarity for a Global Climate Strike. We're in!
2020 COP 26/CMP 16/CMA 4 TBA Will they have applied the brakes?
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