The 1% Global Climate Solution
by Dr Richard Horowitz
I’m about to paint a dire picture of where the world is heading if we don’t shift gears immediately based on recent warnings from world scientists. Let me be clear. We need radical change if we are to avoid a potential climate disaster lasting for centuries to come. This is not a potential scenario. It is already happening, and we can no longer stay in denial and ignore our present emergency. I will outline below some of the recent effects of our climate emergency and what will happen without
immediate and decisive global action. That is the bad news. The good news? Climate scientists have identified climate solutions, which if instituted now on a global scale, can reverse humanities present course of destruction. Unfortunately, most world leaders are not acting with the urgency necessary to combat climate change, yet I have a radical way out of our present dilemma. I call this ‘The 1% Global Climate Solution’. I will explain below why this may be humanity’s best chance to reverse our present course of destruction before it is too late, while instituting the three-part climate solutions described in detail below.
I recently published an opinion piece in the NY Times which gives an overview of our present situation. “Scientific studies point to climate change representing an existential threat to humanity’s survival and global health. This includes increased morbidity and mortality, including temperature-related illness and death from heat stroke due to extreme weather effects; increased asthma and COPD due to the effects of air pollution; and increasing rates of autoimmune diseases, cancer, cardiovascular and neurologic complications including dementia, autism, and pregnancy complications from environmental chemical exposure, small particle pollution and toxic chemical exposure from wildfires. Water damaged buildings and toxic mold overgrowth can also result from hurricanes, with a risk of water and food-related diseases from lack of proper sanitation; as well as an increase in vector borne diseases, including mosquito borne illness and Lyme disease. Resulting food and water shortages are expected to lead to climate refugees and population displacement, significantly affecting our mental health and physical health in an adverse manner over time. Apart from the moral imperative to appropriately remedy this major imbalance, if we do not act in a decisive manner now, based on the indisputable science in the recent IPCC report, we may as a global society be heralding the first phase of our planets 6th extinction”.
Scientists have determined that we are in the beginning stages of the 6th extinction. By 2040-50, at least 25%-33% of all Earth’s species will be extinct. This includes insects, bees and pollinators, multiple species of fish from warmer/polluted waters, trees, and plant life as well as certain mammals. Biodiversity loss is the most critical issue to humanities survival. Higher global temperatures cause forests to release more CO2 than they absorb, and animal and plant reproduction rates are affected at higher temperatures. We are in the early stages of ecosystem collapse across the globe, and scientists have identified man made carbon pollution as the primary driver of these changes.
Excess man-made carbon/methane pollution has resulted in increased melting of permafrost in the Artic. Siberia just had their warmest season in 130 years. Methane has a warming effect 30 to 80x more powerful than carbon dioxide, and as higher temperatures melt permafrost, containing twice as much CO2 as is presently in the atmosphere, it is setting off climate feedback loops that are expected to raise global temp by a minimum of 2C°. The World Meteorological Organization recently projected a 40 percent chance that Earth will cross the 1.5-degree threshold for at least one year by 2026, and a recent UN climate report based on IPCC projections showed that a dozen temperature trip wires have now been identified in the climate system for irreversible and potentially catastrophic change. What will happen at a 2-degree Celsius temperature rise?
Recent research has shown that warming of two degrees Celsius could push the melting of ice sheets atop Greenland and the West Antarctic -- with enough frozen water to lift oceans 13 meters (43 feet) -- past a point of no return. Right now, we are on track for even higher levels. The last time we had a level of 420 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere, which is where we are now, was during the Pliocene era 4 million years ago. During that time, the Earth’s oceans were 50-80 feet higher. As CO2 levels rise, tipping points could see the Amazon basin morph from a tropical forest to savannah, with billions of tons of carbon being released from Siberia's permafrost, resulting in multiple tipping points, accelerating further warming.
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues serial reports, often called the “gold standard” of climate research; A recent report projects us to hit four degrees of warming by the beginning of the next century, should we stay the present course. The upper end of the probability curve runs as high as eight degrees. The last time the planet was even four degrees warmer, the oceans were hundreds of feet higher. Think of the Dover cliffs in England. This will be a result of massive glacial melting in West Antarctica and Greenland, Amazon rainforest dieback, boreal forest shift, and changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning circulation, i.e., the Gulf stream system. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a large system of ocean currents that carry warm water from the tropics northwards into the North Atlantic. Never before in over 1000 years has never been as weak as it now according to climate scientists. Once it radically changes and slows down, significant climate shifts will be seen across the world. Results of man-made greenhouse gases will therefore result in flooding in low lying areas, destruction of farmland and food shortages and droughts, with tens of millions of climate refugees being displaced from their homes. The hardest hit will be disadvantaged and poorer nations, some indigenous peoples, local communities dependent on agriculture or coastal livelihoods. The result will be cultural and biological ecocide.
The IPCC Report also outlines health risks at higher global temperatures. There will be new viruses and bacteria released from melting permafrost, which could result in global pandemics due to humanity having no immunity against these diseases. There will be an increase in heat-related morbidity and mortality, such as heat strokes with ozone-related mortality, with an increase in emphysema, asthma, and respiratory problems; higher rates of malnutrition due to reductions in food availability, with a decrease in livestock populations from decreased feed and available water, with less fish available, both in number and diversity from acidification of the ocean; an increase in vector borne diseases and expansion of their geographic range, including malaria, dengue fever, Lyme, and tick-borne diseases, since mosquitos, ticks, and fleas have increased reproductive rates at higher temperatures; and finally, clean water and air will be at a premium due to droughts, flooding where sewage enters groundwater, not to mention the effect of heavy metals, pesticides, PCBs, and plastic pollution on human health. We have dumped thousands of these chemicals into the environment during the past several decades, which act as endocrine disruptors. We can therefore expect to see increased rates of infertility, cancer, ADD, ADHD, autism, allergies, asthma, and Alzheimer’s dementia as infections and toxins drive inflammation, the number one cause of all acute and chronic disease.
We need a plan to save humanity from itself and its unbridled destruction of the environment. Based on the climate effect’s humanity has already experienced, and scientist’s future predicted effects of climate change, and the rapidity at which they are happening, we will need to create wide-ranging solutions which address the above problems. This can be divided into a 3-part comprehensive solution that addresses planetary health, personal health, and keys to attaining spiritual/emotional health.
Planetary health: to get the world back in balance, it will require 10 different areas to be addressed. These include: efficient energy production and storage; geoengineering; changes in agriculture and food production; regenerative development; economic, political, legal, social, industrial, and cultural/infrastructure solutions with energy efficient transportation. Creation of local, national, and international agencies to oversee these transformations and support their adoption will be necessary to ensure success. All of these areas will increase new job creation and support the economy during the transition.
Personal health: we require a paradigm shift in how we address health care. Seventy percent of our health care costs and 80% of deaths in the United States are due to chronic disease, and this number is increasing over time, both in our country and around the world. Getting to the source(s) of a health problem and not just addressing the downstream effects when chronic disease is already present will lead to significant economic and health benefits. This can be done through global education and adopting new, more efficient health care models. This includes the creation of chronic disease centers of excellence that support disease prevention through healthy diets, exercise, sleep, regular detoxification practices and a balanced inflammatory response. The three I’s, i.e., infections, inflammation, and immune dysfunction, are responsible in large part for rising rates of acute and chronic disease and rising health care expenses worldwide. On a per capita basis, health spending has increased over 31-fold in the last four decades in the US. A paradigm shift in prevention, acute and chronic disease management is therefore urgently required. The 16-point MSIDS model that I developed and published in the peer-reviewed medical literature and in two NY Times and National Bestselling books (Why Can’t I Get Better, Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease, St Martin’s Press, 2013; How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Lyme and Chronic Disease, St Martin’s Press, 2017) outlines a comprehensive health plan to address multiple overlapping sources of inflammation simultaneously, leading to improved health care outcomes and lower health care costs. This model has been proven to work in over 13,000 chronically ill patients seen during three decades at the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, in Hyde Park, N.Y. Health care savings from this model can be applied to help fund urgent climate solutions discussed in this blog.
Emotional/Spiritual Health: The 1% Global Climate Solution: the WHO has determined that a significant percentage of the world’s population suffers from depression. Climate grief is rampant among all age groups, and especially in the younger generation, who lament having their future stolen from them. “From 2013 to 2016, 10.4 percent of women were found to have depression, compared with 5.5 percent of men, according to the CDC. The WHO estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression…the world's leading cause of disability”. Mental health and substance use disorders also affect 13% of the world’s population. That number could significantly increase as people around the world shelter in place and adjust to a new normal, not just from COVID, but from climate migration and subsequent loss of homes, shelter, food, and security. The third solution, based on accessing the power of the mind and quantum physical principles, can help support mental health and the physical, global changes needed to help transform us into a healthier world. I call this the 1% Global Climate Solution, which I will outline below.
A 3 Part Program To Save the World in 12 Min’s
Transforming Planetary Health through transformation of Social/Political /Medical/ Energy and Economic Structures
Transforming Personal Health through addressing prevention and the 3 I’E: Infection, Immune Dysfunction and Infammation
Tranforming the world through Quantum Physical Prinsiciples: 1% Global Climate Solution
Transforming Planetary Health:
There are presently multiple groups working on the problem: governments are beginning to follow guidelines outlined in the Paris Accord, the Centre for International Governance (CIGI), 350.org, Carbon Brief, Project Drawdown, the Rodale Institute, and others. These groups are looking at a comprehensive approach to global carbon and environmental pollution. The speed at which world governments are addressing the problem, and the fact that certain governments are ignoring the present climate emergency and worsening environmental conditions, however, requires an immediate political and legal solution. Listed below is a comprehensive 10-part plan to transform planetary
1. 2.: Political/legal solutions: Changing political lobbying laws at national levels which presently support big industry’s carbon and environmental pollution must be a priority. On a global level, destruction of the environment and/or willful neglect of solutions must be punishable by international law. Creating a legal definition of Ecocide, and strictly enforcing it, will oblige world leaders to adopt a comprehensive plan to address our climate emergency. The 165-word definition of Ecocide presently before the International Criminal court’s member nations for ratification, must be adopted immediately and enforced. When enforced at local, state, and national levels in countries across the globe, elected officials would be forced to comply with environmental regulations, ensuring a successful outcome, no matter who is in office.
3. Economic solutions: Global leaders must sit down and cooperate, as must CEOs of major corporations to work together to solve the problem. It is a lot cheaper to invest trillions of dollars now in the solution then to invest ten times that amount to repair the damage, which may in some areas be irreversible (at least for centuries to come). One example is Big Oil. It cannot continue to receive tens of billions annually in subsidies to pull fossil fuels out of the ground without major investments in clean energy (wind, water, solar, i.e.,WWS). Ethics need to be intimately woven into the solutions to support the Earth. The new economic model cannot just be based on profit. This is the basis
for a new financial model called Donut Economics, outlined by Kate Raworth.
The present economic model has failed us and had been shown to be failing almost 75 years ago by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. How could we use the models that caused our crises to solve them? Endless growth as a goal of economies that strips the planet of its resources and deprives future generations at a chance for a safe future is not sustainable or ethical. We needed an economic model that allows us to thrive, considering all parts of the equation which is democratic. That is the purpose of shifting to donut economics, as we address environmental sustainability and social justice together. It should be clear by now that capitalism as it is presently practiced, embracing profit at all costs, is wrecking the planet and health of future generations. It is not sustainable; The health and wellbeing of the planet and ALL of its inhabitants (insects, animals, fish, trees, forests, humans) must be included in all financial decisions where our ‘ecosphere’ is considered. A new economic template using Donut economics along with ‘Democratic animism’, where all life is seen as sacred and protected, are the keys. If we had stayed in the inner ring of the doughnut, we would have had a sufficiency of resources needed to lead a good life: food, clean water, housing, sanitation, energy, education, healthcare, democracy, but anyone living in the hole in the middle of the doughnut would be in a state of deprivation. The outer ring of the “doughnut,” the Earth’s environmental limits, can no longer sustain dangerous levels of climate change, ozone depletion, water pollution, loss of species and other assaults on the living world. The area between the two rings – the doughnut itself – is the “ecologically safe and socially just space,” in which humanity needs to strive to live. This new economic model can be supported by creating a greenhouse/carbon gas tax that would need to be imposed on corporations and municipal plants across the world. We need to price carbon aggressively to disincentivize its use. In the US, it would involve just 3,000 taxpaying entities. Focusing on those few companies would target 85% of US emissions. On an individual level, carbon credits can be given to individuals, families and corporations below established limits, encouraging energy efficient solutions.
The G7 and G20 have committed to eliminating subsidies for pulling fossil fuels out of the ground, without effective action, since the World Bank continues to finance coal, oil, and gas projects. The financial incentives to use dirty energy must immediately stop, while rewarding projects that use WWS.
Finally, the creation of a global climate fund and job retraining will be necessary if we do not reverse our present course. Funding relocation of climate refugees so they can be given homes, jobs, and health insurance will be essential as worsening environmental conditions force massive climate migration. The cost could be paid for proportionally by the largest carbon polluters (i.e., companies, countries) with carbon taxes, as these migrants are trained in jobs in the expanding clean energy market or in the 9 other areas identified in this report.
4. 5. Agricultural solutions/Regenerative Development: We can reverse ecological damage within a few decades by capturing carbon in soils and trees through multiple methodologies. We can start with massive tree planting
campaigns across the globe using different species to replace the three trillion trees cut down within the past decade. Each tree can remove a ton of CO2 from the atmosphere over 40 years. Groups like Carbon Brief have outlined 10 methods to decarbonize the planet, which have all been scientifically validated. Project Drawdown similarly has A to Z methodologies to decrease the impact on reducing heat-trapping gases, from engineered sinks, to changes in transportation, medicine, industry, economics, electricity production and agricultural practices, including holistic livestock and regenerative agriculture. According to the Rodale Institute (Rodale Institute, 2020), “transforming cattle management alone could capture more carbon than is emitted by the current development model. If we add regenerative agriculture, we could return to pre-industrial levels of carbon in the atmosphere by 2050, even if energy, economic or consumption models are not changed”. Regenerative development is needed to bring all the solutions together at once. As per Artic News, Regenerative Costa Rica is beginning to prove that this is achievable in the short term and will be a roadmap for other countries to follow.
Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist with TFIE Strategy Inc, and Strategic Advisor and Board Observer for Agora Energy Technologies, points out regarding regenerative agriculture, that the way we presently farm using “high-tillage agriculture keeps releasing carbon captured by the soil back into the atmosphere. Switching to low-tillage farming would buy us a lot of time as the CO2 captured by farmland would stay in the soil a lot longer, and some of it would be permanently sequestered”. The other needed change is in food production, which presently uses large amounts of water and land for cattle production. Recent scientific advances using biotechnology and genetic engineering has allowed us to produce food from bacteria, with much less resources. The organization, RethinkX is an independent think tank that “analyzes and forecasts the scope, speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its implications across society”. They have reports on energy, transportation and food and agriculture production, that detail the resources humanity will need for the coming transition. As food will no longer be easily grown in flooded or drought ravaged farming areas and requires being transported from long distances away, this will dramatically increase the price of basic commodities, increasing malnutrition. Changes in agriculture will be essential to help prevent increases in global starvation which along with adopting regenerative agriculture, can assist in getting CO2 levels down to pre-industrial levels. Regeneration first responders must also be part of the solution, as we transition our present agricultural system from releasing massive amounts of carbon in the soil to conservation and regeneration.
6. Efficient energy production and storage: The world needs to become carbon neutral and nearly 80% of America’s energy still comes from fossil fuels. We need a full transition to electric vehicles as well as increasing other energy efficient forms of transportation with energy efficient buildings. We need to create millions of high-wage jobs through a massive clean-infrastructure build-out. Going back to 2019, there were about 750,000 Americans working in the renewable energy industry, compared to 3.8 million in China and 1.2 million in Europe. Those numbers have not changed significantly since then. The answer? Electrify everything, from transportation, industry, to agriculture, and electricity from
biofuels or hydrogen can be used for the subset of transportation that can’t be electrified.
We also need to overbuild wind, water and solar the way we did with fossil fuels to help fix the problem with increased use of geothermal and biomass. As per Elon Musk, a 100 mile by 100-mile area in the California/Arizona/Nevada desert would
provide enough electricity to power the entire US, at a cost of approximately $3 trillion dollars. In order to accomplish this for the entire world, Dr Mehran Moalem, PhD at UC Berkeley has determined that the total world energy usage (coal+oil+hydroelectric+nuclear+renewable) going back to 2015 was 13,000 Million Ton Oil Equivalent (13,000 MTOE). This translates to 17.3 Terawatts continuous power during the year. Now, if we were to cover an area of the Earth 335 kilometers by 335 kilometers with solar panels, even with moderate efficiencies achievable easily today, it will provide more than 17,4 TW power, enough to power the entire world. This area is 43,000 square miles.
The Great Saharan Desert in Africa is 3.6 million square miles and is prime for solar power because it has sun more than twelve hours per day. That means only 1.2% of the Sahara is sufficient to cover all of the energy needs of the world in solar energy. There is no way coal, oil, wind, geothermal or nuclear can compete with this, and the cost of converting the world to solar power would be about five trillion dollars. This would be a onetime cost at today's prices without any economy of scale savings. That is less than the bail out cost of banks by President Obama in a prior recession, and much less than world governments have spent on COVID-19. So, this cost is rather small compared to other spending in the world. We would just need to build continent-scale electrical grids and markets and improve existing ones. Fast response grid storage can be provided by existing lithium-ion technologies and new technologies including ‘sun in a box’ using innovative heat storage in molten silicon or products that can be placed on building and even clothing that converts to electricity on demand. Creating an international energy/solar alliance can also help support the needed changes and technology.
Dr Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director, Atmosphere/Energy Program, at Stanford University recently published a study in the journal One Earth called ‘The benefits of 139 countries switching to 100% renewable energy by 2050’ and explains how we can achieve these goals. Here are the essential points: this new scientific study outlines how we can produce 100% renewable energy roadmaps for 139 individual countries, representing more than
99% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The study’s 27 co-authors show how available solar, wind, and water resources can be rapidly scaled to create a global energy system that relies entirely on clean, renewable energy for all purposes. The result of such a transition would have many benefits, including: (1) preventing 4-7 million deaths and hundreds of millions more illnesses each year due to air pollution; (2) reducing greenhouse gas emissions to near zero, allowing us to avoid many dangerous climate impacts associated with the continued use of fossil fuels; (3) creating over 24 million more permanent, full-time jobs including the replacement of all jobs lost in the fossil fuel industry;(4) stabilizing global energy prices while simultaneously reducing energy costs for consumers; (5) improving energy access to 4 billion people who would otherwise be experiencing energy poverty; (6) and reducing the risk of terrorism and catastrophic impacts associated with large, centralized energy plants”.
These technologies need to be applied not only to global populations, but especially to the military, since according to experts the US military is possibly the single largest CO2 emitting organization in the world. If we could get countries to agree to a ten-year moratorium, preventing global war and conflict, it would allow us to not only increase world peace, but help the climate. NATO and the UN would have to be empowered to provide incentives and ensure compliance, with economic consequences for countries that do not comply. Diplomacy and detente are more important than ever to ensure world peace and shift resources desperately needed in the fight to reduce climate change.
7. Industrial and Scientific solutions: concrete production needed for building creates 8% of global CO2 emissions, and industrial processes using present technology is inefficient. Use of novel catalysts can lower the energy required for industry, while carbon capture can convert CO2 into carbon monoxide and be used as a biofuel. We must also urgently address the destruction of the ozone layer by our having used CFCs in refrigeration. This has created a ‘hole’ over Antarctica, letting increased amounts of ultraviolet rays into the atmosphere, heating the planet. Project Drawdown lists its #1 solution as the need to eliminate high greenhouse gas HFCs in refrigeration, citing unforeseen effects of changing CFC’s to HFC’s. The US has not yet ratified ‘The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer’ even though 65 countries to date have signed on. Finally, multiple methods of carbon capture and technologies that can help lower carbon pollution are now available online and can be seen on the Carbon Brief and Project Drawdown websites.
8. 9. Social structural changes: Limiting Population Growth with Smart Climate Adapted Cities: the global population has tripled from 2.5 billion in 1950 to almost 7.7 billion today, rapidly depleting critical world resources and
increasing pollution. Many of these individuals live in cities, which produce 50% of the CO2 on the planet. Controlling population growth and designing smart climate adapted cities need to be built now as public transportation is redesigned. Heat islands from heat trapping due to too much asphalt, lack of trees and greenery with lack of potable water and food will potentially be a huge problem in the near future leading to heat related illness, food, and water insecurity. We have already seen these issues arise in 2021 in the Southwestern and Western United States. An approximate 1-degree Centigrade global rise in temperatures created droughts affecting food production in California, along with raging wildfires. We also saw
an increase in heat strokes in Arizona. Medical facilities and shelters therefore need to account for these changes. Public gardens, greenhouses growing organic food, water purification facilities, choosing to live in walkable smart-growth cities and towns with quality public transportation leads to less driving, less money spent on fuel, and less pollution in the air. Working from home with less flying, will also lead to climate benefits. Finally, a massive infrastructure build-out is essential, as aging asphalt roads have already buckled, streetcar cables melted, and electrical power disrupted across the globe because of the rising heat. Military security will similarly be affected as grids go down, leaving populations vulnerable to the destructive effects of climate change. Climate change is a threat to not only the health of all living beings on the planet, but according to NASA, the Department of Defense and Pentagon, also represents an imminent threat to national security.
10. Geoengineering: even if we immediately adopted all of the above changes, and decarbonized the world now to become carbon neutral, according to climate scientists, we have already exceeded our carbon budget to stay below a 1.5-degree Centigrade rise. Of course, we are not even close to that goal, since we have not aggressively shut down coal fired power plants, the number one reason for rising CO2 emissions, nor adopted the technologies discussed above. Carbon dioxide levels have continued to gradually rise over the past several decades and world governments are using 2050 as a goal to be carbon neutral. That will be way too late. The only way to buy time and prevent the worst consequences of climate change is geoengineering, with two primary technologies as the forerunners to cool the planet.
Harvard scientists have examined solar radiation management through oceanic solar reflectors on the surface of the ocean as a way to reflect solar heat back into space, while simultaneously controlling seafloor methane release. The other technology involves blocking incoming sunlight using particulate matter. This is similar to the way volcanic eruptions have the ability to cool the planet. The volcanic eruption in the Philippines in 1991 helped cool the Earth by almost half a
degree Centigrade for 10 years. Since we are in the process of runaway climate change, unless we immediately use geoengineering to cool the planet and adopt the above changes needed for planetary health, we will run out of time to
ecarbonize. As an example, June 29 th , 2021, we had huge increases in temperature in Antarctica and last year the Russian tundra saw temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This had never been reported in scientific history. We are therefore gambling with humanities future since climate feedback loops can be triggered at any point time as planetary temperatures rise.
In order to ensure that the 10-part planetary climate solutions are enacted with unprecedented speed, climate leaders like Bill McKibben with 350.org have encouraged social solutions with peaceful rebellion in the form of strikes for the planet. This was eloquently stated decades ago by Bill McKibben in the Nation: ‘Strike, because what we do this decade will matter for hundreds of thousands of years…Strike because the temperature has hit as high as 129 degrees Fahrenheit (or 54 degrees Celsius) in big cities. The human body can survive that, but only for a few hours…Strike because the United Nations estimates that unchecked climate change could create 1 billion refugees by 2050…Strike because the big banks continue to lend hundreds of billions to the fossil fuel industry; people are literally trying to get rich off the destruction of the planet.’
Global climate strikes led by Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion and millions of young climate activists across the globe are now regularly happening and scientists have joined in the worldwide strikes. As per the science journal Nature: “One year on, the teenage activist’s (Greta T) Fridays for Future campaign has grown into a global movement involving people of all ages and backgrounds, including many scientists and scholars”. Every human being living on the planet needs to get involved now in decarbonization efforts while having their voice heard, whether it is writing to local, state, and national leaders, or joining local and/or national climate groups and participating in climate strikes. World leaders must continuously hear the voices of our generation whose future is at grave risk from being stolen from them.
Part 2: Personal Health: the world is exposed to increasing challenges of new emerging infections. These include viral (COVID), bacterial (Lyme and tick-borne disease), parasitic (malaria, babesia, intestinal parasites) and fungal infections (Candida, mold exposure secondary to water damaged buildings from storms). When the body is exposed to multiple infections as well as a growing number of environmental toxins, with ongoing social and financial stressors, a chronic
inflammatory response will oftentimes result, with adverse health consequences. Scientific studies have shown that inflammation is the number one common denominator in all chronic disease and is a primary cause of rising health care costs, morbidity, and mortality. Five percent of the US population presently suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, over 20 million individuals have been diagnosed with an autoimmune illness, and 46.5 million Americans suffer with pre-clinical dementia. At least 50% of Americans also now suffer from at least one chronic disease. A new paradigm is therefore necessary to address these increasing healthcare challenges. Especially because the epigenetic effects of these thousands of environmental chemicals we are constantly being exposed to like cadmium are not only affecting our present genetic profiles, but those of future generations, and since rising health care costs every year are unsustainable for the economy.
By setting up chronic disease centers of excellence based on the Horowitz 16-point MSIDS model, a scientifically proven approach to chronic illness, and utilizing the best of classical and integrative medicine, we can improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic disease by addressing multiple overlapping causes of inflammation instead of simply treating end stage disease. Tax credits can be used as incentives for those who follow the above principles, staying well, decreasing chronic health care costs. The health and economic benefits of shifting to such a model will not only lead to a healthier, happier, and more productive population, but allow us to shift essential financial resources from healthcare into the climate sector, where we can invest in the 10 technologies discussed above to improve planetary health.
The third and final piece of the puzzle: The 1% Global Climate Solution:
This involves transforming the world through quantum physical principles. Harvard University and Herbert Benson published multiple scientific studies years ago, confirming the scientific benefits of meditation. By mastering meditation, the mind has access to unlimited potential. You have read this correctly. Unlimited potential. It is only our belief structures that limit what we can achieve. Self-actualization and using enhanced personal evolution to assist with planetary evolution, requires going from ego to evo to eco (seva, or service). When we combine the scientific benefits of meditation with feminine principles of caring (i.e., action with lovingkindness and compassion) we can create the conditions to shift our present climate crisis. How is this possible?
In 2012, Rollin McCraty, PhD published a study in the scientific literature called “The Global Coherence Initiative: Creating a Coherent Planetary Standing Wave”. This was an initiative to help shift global consciousness and create measurable changes in the external world. The initial work was done by The Maharishi Institute in Iowa in the 1970’s, where field effects of consciousness on improving social variables in 30 consecutive studies was shown to have statistical validation. This included meditators being able to statistically improve the world around them. “Over thirty consecutive studies provide conclusive evidence that group practice of an advanced aspect of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field called the TM-Sidhi program by as few as the square root of one percent of a population reduces violence, crime, and other manifestations of societal stress. (ref. 12-16,32-37). I participated in the TM program and TM Siddhi program while I was doing my medical studies in Belgium in the 1970’s. I can attest to the power of the practice. I then went on to study with Tibetan meditation masters from the Karma Kagyu lineage, with whom I have studied for the past 40 years. They have provided a framework with which we can easily shift consciousness and help improve personal and environmental conditions. Their work has been scientifically validated and the techniques are explained in detail in my new novel ‘Starseed R/evolution’, The Awakening.
Based on the above practices and studies, The Global Climate Initiative was established “to help facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation, and enduring peace. A primary goal of GCI is to test the hypothesis that large numbers of people when in a heart-coherent state and holding a shared intention can encode information on the earth's energetic and geomagnetic fields, which act as carrier waves of this physiologically patterned and relevant information. In order to conduct this research, “a global network of 12 to 14 ultrasensitive magnetic field detectors specifically designed to measure the earth's magnetic resonances is being installed strategically around the planet”. More important is GCI's primary goal to motivate as many people as possible to work together in a more coherent and collaborative manner to increase the collective human consciousness. Part of this involves living from the heart. I will explain below why this form of meditation is our best chance of shifting present global conditions, apart from integrating all the other solutions explained in this blog which support planetary and personal health. The quote from physicist John Hagelin below explains why this may be effective.
Quantum physicist John Hagelin has conducted research on the “Power of the Collective” and concluded that” since meditation provides an effective, scientifically proven way to dissolve individual stress, and if society is composed of individuals, then it seems like common sense to use meditation to similarly diffuse societal stress.” A study conducted in 1993 in Washington, DC, showed a 25% drop in crime rate with 2500 meditators, which means that a relatively small group of a few thousand was influencing a much larger group, a million and a half. The question posed itself that if crime rates could be decreased, could a group of meditators also influence social conflicts and wars? A similar experiment was done during the peak of the Israel-Lebanon war in the 1980s. Drs Charles Alexander and John Davies at Harvard University organized groups of experienced meditators in Jerusalem, Yugoslavia, and the United States to mediate on the area at various intervals over a 27-month period. After controlling statistically for weather changes; Lebanese, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish holidays; police activity; fluctuation in group sizes; and other variant influences during the course of the study, the levels of violence in Lebanon decreased between 40% to 80% each time a meditating group was in place, with the largest reductions occurring when the numbers of meditators were largest. During these periods, the average number of people killed during the war per day dropped from 12 to 3, a decrease of more than 70%; war-related injuries fell by 68%, and the intensity level of conflict decreased by 48%.
How can we have such an influence on each other at a distance? There are no clear answers yet; however, we hypothesize, that there is a unified field consciousness that allows individually coherent waves to be coupled to the larger collective field environment. The GCI theory of change states that as enough individuals increase their personal coherence, it can lead to increased social coherence (family, teams, organizations), and as increasing numbers of social units (families, schools, communities, etc.) become more coherently aligned, it can in turn lead to increased global coherence, all of which is facilitated through self-reinforcing feedback loops between humanity and the global field environment. As more and more people increase their personal coherence, it strengthens and stabilizes the standing waves and coherent information in the planetary information field. Once a coherent standing wave is established, reinforced, and amplified through collective coherent intention, it in turn facilitates the amplification of the collective heart, mind, and consciousness, making it easier for more and more people to increase their coherence and expand their consciousness”.
The 1% Global Climate solution is therefore using well established scientific principles, working with the effects of consciousness on the quantum field, to effect changes in the outer environment. Such a large worldwide spiritual/scientific endeavor is now essential if we are to save the planet. Why? Scientific solutions to reverse the worst effects of climate change exist, but world leaders and government are not instituting changes fast enough to help prevent climate feedback loops which may result in worldwide destruction and irreversible changes. In order to save humanity from itself, I am therefore proposing that 1% of the global population to do the meditation techniques described in detail in Starseed R/evolution to effect measurable change in our environment. How will we measure progress? Apart from monitoring the intensity and speed of environmental changes, and how urgently governments address the problem, GCI has already created a global network of ultrasensitive magnetic field detectors specifically designed to measure the earth's magnetic resonances. When individuals around the world sign up to do the meditation techniques at specific intervals every day, we will be able to measure these changes.
“GCI hypothesizes that when enough individuals and social groups increase their coherence baseline and utilize that increased coherence to intentionally create a more coherent standing reference wave in the global field, it will help increase global consciousness. This can be achieved when an increasing number of people move towards more balanced and self-regulated emotions and responses. This in turn can help facilitate cooperation and collaboration in innovative problem solving and intuitive discernment for addressing society's significant social, environmental, and economic problems. In time, as more individuals stabilize the global field and families, workplaces, and communities move to increased social coherence, it will lead to increased global coherence. This will be indicated by countries adopting a more coherent planetary view so that social and economic oppression, warfare, cultural intolerance, crime, and disregard for the environment
can be addressed meaningfully and successfully.”
In order to support the establishment of a coherent state in consciousness, I have outlined in Starseed R/evolution specific meditation teachings from my teachers in the Karma Kagyu Tibetan lineage. These techniques are based on the oral teachings that I received over decades of training from enlightened spiritual masters. These are not ‘religious’ in nature perse, and therefore can be seamlessly integrated into all belief systems. These philosophies and techniques are outlined
in detail in Starseed R/evolution, The Awakening, in a storytelling format so as to engage the reader, who can follow along and go at their own pace. I was extremely fortunate to be one of 100 people who attended a 10-year course on Mahamudra meditation taught by the Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche. These practices provide a step-by-step process allowing the individual to access higher states of consciousness. They are based on thousands of years of experience and are outlined in the book as a three-part meditation technique. When properly practiced, these meditations can lead to shifts in personal and collective consciousness. How else can we support this goal?
There are two main ways. The first is proper motivation. There are 7 qualities of an enlightened society that need to be adopted if we are to successfully accomplish the paradigm shift needed to put the world and our environment back into balance. The 7 positive qualities that must be adopted are: courage, honesty, humility, wisdom, respect, generosity, and love. These must replace the 7 negative qualities that must be disregarded, which include disrespect, dishonesty, greed, pride, ignorance, cowardice, and fear. If we adopt these positive 7 qualities and reject the 7 negative qualities, transformation of ourselves and our world will have a strong support system. Having gratitude for each and every aspect of our life and waking up each day with the intention to heal the Earth and all living beings will also create the necessary conditions for our seeds to grow and flourish.
Once we adopt this excellent motivation, we can enhance our progress using tools that support our meditation. The HeartMath Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has developed reliable, scientifically validated tools since 1991 to help people reduce and avoid stress while experiencing increased peace, satisfaction, and enjoyment. Research at the HeartMath Institute shows that, adding heart to our daily activities and connections produces measurable benefits to our own and others’ well-being.” They have scientific tools to help individuals with “transformational intelligence”. I plan on working with HeartMath to develop and institute programs that can be scientifically validated, which will support the meditation techniques outlined in my book. These are urgently needed to shift consciousness and the world around us.
The science of meditation and quantum field theory along with prior published scientific research of how individuals can affect global coherence with measurable effects in the environment allows us to participate and help make a difference. We are not powerless. We can all participate in accessing the power of the mind and its unlimited potential in order to effect measurable changes in our environment. This is now more important than ever. The younger generation with climate grief needs to be empowered to make change. Millions of individuals across the globe (1% of the population) who regularly place specific enlightened healing intentions into the empty, clear, spacious nature of mind every day based on proven meditation techniques will become part of a coherent wave that can positively affect the planetary field. This regular daily practice will establish a global coherent state in consciousness, as individual coherent waves are coupled to the larger collective field environment. These practices will support the changes desperately needed at this time in humanities evolution.
Therefore, in order to elevate and positively transform our planetary health, as well as our physical, emotional, and spiritual health, we need a global r/evolution. Without an awakening to the rapidly approaching dangers humanity faces, and comprehensive adoption of the three-part scientific solution listed above, humanity risks running headlong into a world with widespread destruction and suffering. Future generations will be forced to survive and not thrive. This can be summed up in a simple philosophical/ethical dilemma: Can we shift our global society to embrace more compassionate, caring ethical principles which value respect for all life and act with urgency? Can we put the wellbeing of future generations and the planet first, transcending dysfunctional materialism, so it outweighs our immediate gratification? The #me-me movement is destroying life as we know it. Without embracing the notion of an enlightened society, which requires a comprehensive personal, ethical, societal, spiritual, and global r/evolution, humanity, and life on this planet many not survive. Be clear. The Earth is in trouble, but we have the solutions.
Now it is up to all of us to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
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