TED and Sustainability


Yesterday I was and saw TEDxLive here i Gothenburg streaming live from TED 2012 Full Spectrum. The Session I was most interested in was Earth so I will talk about that one.

Save Sacred Headwaters

It stared with Wade Davis talking about saving Sacred Headwaters in Canada from an environmental disaster by exploiting it and turning it to a toxic wasteland. Please don’t ruin this nature because it can not be undone!

James Hansen on Climate Change

Later I saw James Hansen talking about the science behind climate change. It’s looking pretty grim and if the climate change spirals out of control there will be no end to the droughts and storms. The result is not enough food for earths population of 9 billion. 100% of the attendees where in favor for a CO2 tax.

Global meltdown – Fear will save us

Now on to the meat of my blog. By today the first two sessions from Tuesday have been put up too. First I saw Paul Gilding: The Earth is full.

We have known for at least 3 decades that we are going down and yet we haven’t done anything that points in the right direction. 2011 was the worst year ever here on earth for us.

So what are you going to answer when your children and grandchildren ask what did back in 2012. What did you do mom and dad?
Maybe fear is the only emotion that will see us through this. Things will get ugly and it will happen soon. When we feel fear and we fear loss we are capable of quite extraordinary things.

We are smart, in fact we really are quite amazing and we do love a good crisis. And the good news: This is a monster. We need accept our fear and then we need to act. We need to act like our future depends on it! We need to act like we only have one planet. We can be more, we can be much more.

What do we wanna be when we grow up on this planet? This could be our finest our!

Do we have Abundance hear on Earth?

I also saw Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future that actually talked before Paul Gilding. He is much more optimistic futurist.

Yes we have an amazing knowledge about how to save us self but we aren’t doing anything. Not nearly enough. Our knowledge in science and technology are amazing but we have to wield it for the good of the human race not for everyone’s own pleasure as we do today.


All this brings me back to Will Day and his speach from TEDxWWF last october: Is the world’s current economic model really sustainable?

The Earth will be fine! We will not!

I can only feel that to save us we need to come together like never before using the internet and social media to bring about a whole new society. A new global civilization. It is time to ReCivilize this planet with a ReCivilization like Don Tapscott said in his very long Global Keynote during Social Media Week 2 weeks ago.

Do see the Global Keynote and listen to the 5 part podcast.

Lets make the World Co-Op!

/Michael Sillion
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4 thoughts on “TED and Sustainability

  1. I happen to *really* disagree with Herr Mister Doom & Gloom, Paul Gilding, here.

    The Earth is not ‘full’.

    Not at all.

    Far from it.

    There is plenty enough space, (and everything else needed to sustain all human life, above mere ‘Subsistence Level’), to go round.

    For everybody.

    All 8 billion of us.

    From the very moment that we snapped that very first picture of our Planet from Space we essentially Mapped the Earth.

    In the near 45 years since then it’s just been a matter of ‘filling in the details.’

    We can quite comfortably tuck the entire 7 billion people who are alive today into a corner of the American South West and still have the entire rest of the planet left over to stretch out our legs in.

    The question is, “Will we?”

    Globally about ⅓rd of all food is lost to waste.


    In just the United States alone approximately HALF of all food is wasted/thrown away.

    (Kinda utterly disgraceful, (given the +45 million Americans currently subsisting on Food Stamps), but, for the purposes of discussion here that’s no real never-mind.)

    With the resources that we already have on hand today we could *easily* take care of 12 billion people.

    IF those resources were **properly managed.**

    At least better than the outright botch of it that we’re making of it now.

    It’s not for a ‘Lack of Information.’

    We *already* know everything that we need to.

    The world’s Insurance Companies have done marvelous work with compiling their Actuarial Tables.

    So, our Average Human Life Expectancies are no longer shrouded in mystery.

    We already know how much Arable Land, Livestock and Potable Water there is;

    And from that we can very easily calculate what Food Production needs to be to provide a healthful daily diet for everyone.

    Google Maps/Real Estate companies have given us a pretty thorough and comprehensive overview of what the overall current Housing Stock is in the 1st World/former 2nd World.

    And also what needs to be done to maintain, renovate and improve it.

    And the Energy companies no doubt know, (likely down to the very last penny), what the costs are, (for the next 40 years or so), to keep everybody warm in the winter/cool in the summer, the lights on at night, our kitchens cooking, and our global transportation systems running.

    No, it’s not from a “lack of knowing” that things are eluding us at this juncture, (ESPECIALLY with the amount of sheer Raw *Networked* Computer Processing Power that we have On Tap to make sense of all this Data), but rather putting to good use the Practical IRL Real World Application of this Common Knowledge that we already know.

    Going forward, this set of issues, (to me), seems to be one of the greatest Challenges towards creating, building and manifesting this world of Abundance, (for *all* living people), that we are in Common Cause with here.

    Am looking forward to further Engaging and Fruitful Dialogue in working through these Issues.

    • You are missing the point completely.

      The amount of Oil and Chemicals we use to produce food today is way of the chart. We can not sustain the production rate we do today and and we are accelerating the amount of toxic chemicals we produce each day not slowing down. When the oil runs out the Earth will be a toxic wasteland with very little clean water and not enough food.

      We have already steeped over some of the planetary boundaries of earth


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