- Sep 2023
I think we need more societal engagement among scientists.
- for: scientist activism, idling resources - scientist activism, leverage point - scientist activism
- Both Johan and Kevin provide personal stories of how few scientists are out there doing societal engagement.
- Hence, this is truly a idling resource that needs a space that will attract them to engage in impactful ways.
- This is where citizens and communities can provide the support that scientists need to take on their societal responsibilities at this time
- May 2022
The hyper-response takes the viewpoint that, in the context of the enormous amount of work that needs to be done in a short period of time, Earth’s large human population is an asset if it can be effectively leveraged as part of the hyper-response
The billions of ordinary people whose potential as appropriate level change actors has remained untapped. It is a significant reservoir of collective agency, an enormous repository of idling resource. It just needs a compelling enough narrative to lower the threshold to participatory collective action.
An analysis of “friendly forces” via a “tribal discourse” activity found that although many of humanity’s smaller and less powerful tribes are engaged in minor operations against the hyperthreat, its most powerful tribes often abet the hyperthreat (figure 2). If humanity’s tribes could be united against the hyperthreat, the current balance of probabilities, which currently lie with a hyperthreat victory and a Hothouse Earth outcome, could be recast.
This is the key idea behind mobilizing an effective global, multi-stakeholder, bottom-up response. Minor operations implies an aggregate approach that has little impact, otherwise known colloquially as "tinkering at the edge". IPCC AR6, WGIII Chapter 5 articulates this same message and for the first time, outlines that demand side system changes can play a significant role in mitigation effectiveness against the hyperthreat. It must be collectively organized individual change that scales to community scales around the globe in order to have impact, leveraging what the IPCC call "middle actors".
An effective strategy must be very time sensitive to the short time window to peak emissions so must identify all leverage points, idling resources and social tipping points available to a global bottom-up mobilization.
- social tippping points
- awaken the sleeping giant
- IPCC AR6 Chapter 5
- collective action
- collective agency
- middle actors
- social aspects of mitigation
- leverage points
- idling resources
- IPCC AR6
- bottom up collective action