How to be a Humankind Superhero (HKSuperH)
Climate Change is a Real and Present Danger to Our Civilisation
HKSuperH is to Inspire & Empower You to Act to Reclaim a Safe Climate
Global Warming and the resultant Climate Change is a uniquely human problem. It transcends politics: the two countries with the greatest responsibility for it, China and the US, could hardly have more different political histories and systems.
At the heart of the problem of global warming and the resultant climate change is our choice of fuel for the majority of our activities. Although there is sufficient solar energy hitting the planet to power human activity many thousands of times over, we find it easier to use fossil fuels. It is primarily the excess production of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels that is driving the problem of global warming. What makes the problem of global warming and the resultant climate change the more difficult to tackle is that we have built our economic activity around the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels and other natural resources. The current way of accounting for our economic activity actually makes us think we are richer today for destroying tomorrow.
It is possible to reclaim a safe climate but it is a very large task: so large that it has been described as a Herculean challenge by several commentators. Global warming challenges us as humans. But one of the wonders of being human is just how well we can solve enormously tough problems when we decide to focus our resources and effort on it. Unfortunately, the decision to focus on developing solutions to global warming has not yet been made. Through the United Nations, the world has been examining climate science and produced four major reviews: each one has become surer of the dimensions and cause of the problem of global warming and resultant climate change. Through the United Nations the world has also been talking about finding solutions to global warming for nearly twenty years but still appears some way off making agreement on substantial action. As for the mainstream public of the world’s big polluters the issue is widely acknowledged but barely discussed in terms of action.
‘How to be a Humankind Superhero: a manifesto for individuals to reclaim a safe climate’ is a book that uses the myth of Hercules to inspire and empower individuals who want to help implement the solutions to Global Warming. It was written by Harold Forbes, published by Matador and is available to buy from major online retailers like amazon.co.uk, waterstones.co.uk and tesco.com or you can buy a signed copy direct from the author via this website. It is also available in Kindle eBook format. The chapters of the book guide you through impactful actions you can take to lessen your own contribution to the problem of global warming and the resultant climate change. It shows you how can act to reduce your carbon emisssions through multiple stategies like recycling, modifying trasport methods, fitting solar panels, reviewing your diet and planting trees. It also explains how to lobby business and government to implement solutions to global warming and the resultant climate change on a bigger scale.
As a taster of the book’s style you can Download a free PDF of the first chapter or watch the video to hear the author explain how we have inadvertently constructed our economic systems to bring us into the situation where global warming and the resultant climate change is moving toward being a threat to the continuation of life on the planet Earth.
Economics is the study of how the forces of supply and demand allocate scarce resources but the way we account for our economic activity makes the ludicrous assumptions that not only are the Earth’s resources and services available without limit, but also that there need be no cost assigned to their use. This has brought us to a situation where it is almost always cheaper to pollute than protect. To quickly implement solutions to Global Warming will require radical shifts in the way we think and do things: a shift in our shared imagination. They require us to change the 'rules' of accounting for money that we have built on for 500 years so that they take account of the cost of using the planet. This may seem impossible but it is an achievable; after all, it has been done once before. The way we account for our economic activity is built on the invention of double-entry book keeping in 15th century Italy.
You can be part of the solution. You can immediately reduce carbon emissions by implementing home insulation or home generation, the shopping and transportation choices you make or planting trees.
The solution to global warming and the resultant climate change will, ultimately be found not in the privation of the few but a change in our shared imagination of how we do things related to energy. And the quickest way to achieve that is a fundamental change in how we account for our activities. In turn, this needs a political solution. By adopting a life style that will reduce carbon emissions you earn the right to demand that politicians and business act to make it easier for you to do so.
"Never doubt that a small band of committed individuals can change the world. Often, it is the only thing that ever does."
"We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’"
Martin Luther King
These quotes were not directed at those finding solutions to global warming but are relevant. We can change the world and we must, for if we do not, future generations will be dejected that we lost the opportunity to reclaim a safe climate.