We cannot change this situation by just reducing our "carbon
footprint," the rate we increase pollution. We have
to reduce the 97% of carbon we’ve already put in the air.
Our goal needs to be 280 ppm, the level before the industrial revolution.
Three “changes” are needed now to avoid an Extinction
Level Event. The three changes will reduce the carbon already
in the air and put the carbon in the soils, perhaps the most cost-efficient way to handle it.
Coal-fired plants are the biggest
sources of excessive carbon dioxide on the earth.
United States generates over 50 percent of its electricity from
coal plants. China gets over 80
percent of its energy from coal and is building new
coal-pulverization plants at an alarming rate. India is doing
the same. The amount of greenhouse gases that will be created
by the planned coal-pulverization plants in the three countries
will be enormous.
How can we sequester this carbon quickly?
The following three steps, if implemented well, can do more to reduce the excessive carbon in our air than all other alternative energy, recycling, and energy efficiency efforts combined:
1) Farmers and forestry departments must convert their organic waste to biochar.
2) New power plants must use biomass as the feedstock.
3) Existing coal-fired plants must shift over to biomass as the feedstock.
We also have other powerful steps we can take to reduce greenhouse gases. We can help reduce climate
change by preventing massive methane emissions. The primary
sources of methane in our environment are cattle and sheep. Methane
is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
Cattle have a "methane microbe" that releases methane
when they digest food. Turns out, the methane does not help
with digestion. Also turns out that there is a vaccine that
is very cheap that kills the microbe. We don't really need the methane from
cattle and sheep and they don't need it. We need to ensure
that the vaccinations happen worldwide. In the USA, legislation
plus funding should be sufficient to get the job done. We also
need to have a system in place to ensure that the vaccinations
Why these Three
We have selected these three solutions as the most effective
based on extensive review of environmental research over the past
12 years. Our criteria are: magnitude of change, long term effect,
immediacy, practicality, freedom from harm, and low cost. We could conduct meticulous
research for many years to test all the possible consequences
of these solutions but if we move at a snails pace, our kids may
be dead. These three changes need to be completed right
away, if we are to avoid disaster. We propose a macro evaluation
plan to measure the systemic changes and then take practical actions
to mitigate any unintended consequences.
Changing our Destiny
For the first time in human
history, we face annihilation. The enemy is ourselves, not
invaders from space or microbes spread through the air. We
have ruined the ecology of our environment through years of
self-centered behavior focused on growth and profit without
considering the environmental consequences. Stopping climate
change is a challenge we can and must meet. The answer is to
sequester carbon and prevent it from re-entering the atmosphere when organic matter decays. This
solution will create jobs. We need legislation and inclusion
in Obama's green jobs stimulation package. In addition to getting
legislation passed, we need to complete a broad campaign to
support grassroots efforts. We need to get key environmental
groups involved and to help them change their goal from the
smaller effort of "reducing the carbon footprint"
to the much larger effort of reducing the carbon already in the air.
and Development Institute (EDI)
R. JERRY ADAMS, Ph.D. Environmental Strategist,
Dr. Adams has spent 12 years as an
Environmental Strategist compiling environmental research
and its impact though his work with his website--AwesomeLibrary.org.
He has published articles such as “Sustainable Planet”
and “Threatened Oceans” which assemble documented
opinions about climate change. Awesome Library is #11 (out of
about 60 million Web sites) for "current events" on
As a Meta Evaluator, Dr Adams has assessed health and
human services programs for over 35 years. In the last three
years he has specialized in the evaluation of disaster preparedness
projects, especially those involving simulation exercises. He
started his career as the Director of the Evaluation Unit for
a 22 discipline federal program at The Ohio State University and
taught graduate level courses in Program Evaluation in the Department
of Education within the Development and Evaluation Division.
He worked for the Governor of Ohio as the Executive Director of
the state's Developmental Disabilities Planning and Evaluation
Council to administer a $2 million a year program to plan, evaluate,
research, and provide services for developmentally disabled individuals
in the state.
Dr. Adams was the Coordinator at the Evaluation Center at Western
Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan where he managed federal,
state and local programs related to education and community development.
Dr. Adams is currently the Executive Director of the Evaluation
and Development Institute (EDI) where he oversees and conducts
evaluation and development services. He also serves as the project
evaluator for the Healthcare Facilities Partnership of South Central
Pennsylvania. He has played a co-lead role in writing Three grants
on disaster preparedness. Dr. Adams has served on national, state,
and local advisory boards in the fields of program evaluation
and developmental disabilities. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Educational
Evaluation and Development from The Ohio State University, 1973.
KAY A . LISCH, Ph.D. Culture Change Expert, Leadership
Kay (Kay) A Lisch, Ph.D. founded the ComPro Group, Inc.
in 1990 to be a catalyst for social change by bringing people
into balance and organizations into alignment.
Kay’s passion is helping companies become socially responsible
in creating healthy people and a healthy planet. She strives
to build a company’s revenue, retention, and reputation
as they increase their contribution to social change.
Kay’s core expertise is helping businesses transform their
cultures by engaging everyone in a shared vision to accelerate
personal, team, and business growth. Her work spans the energy,
service, telecom, chemicals, medical, consumer products, transportation,
and technology industries.
Kay excels in coaching & training leaders; facilitating teams;
and managing growth and change. Kay brings an extensive understanding
of leadership behavior to the issues facing leaders. The ComPro
Group has provided organization development consulting to over
60 companies including DuPont, BNSF Railway, El Paso Energy,
Levi-Strauss, Conoco, Coca-Cola, AAA, St Luke’s Hospital,
Tahoe Forest Hospital System, Tenet Health, and James L West.
Kay received her Ph.D. in Organization Development from Ohio
State University and her BA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kay has authored over 50 professional publications including her
book Leader’s Handbook for Computers (Lexington Books, 1984).
She has also conducts graduate seminars in the MBA Program at
Southern Methodist University and leadership training for Collin
County Community College.
IDA M. HALASZ, Ph.D. Marketing/Public Relations
Strategist, Evaluator/Researcher, Executive Coach
Dr. Halasz founded Halvan Associates to focus on organizational
and improvement through strategic marketing, research, training,
and coaching. She works within the government, for-profit and
sectors, including emerging technologies and medical/dental.
for the US Office of Personnel Management as a coach for executive
leadership programs and as an assessor/coach in the Senior Executive
In 2000, she took a hiatus from her company to become the Vice
President of Marketing and Business Development for a hi-tech
manufacturing company in Boulder, CO. Her team increased
sales by over 100% during her first year by designing and executing
a comprehensive marketing/sales plan that included marketing research,
a new advertising and media campaign, new interactive website,
customer technology training, and targeted sales strategy.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Halasz directed vocational education
research, training, and executive leadership projects for over
ten years at Ohio State University's Center on Education and Training
for Employment. Her work included developing programs for executives
from across the USA and around the world. She later worked at
the US Department of Justice’s National Academy for Corrections
as the vice-president equivalent.
She has authored over 90 publications, including a book on computer
documentation and numerous articles on varied topics in professional
refereed journals. She revised a series of 12 management
workbooks for the American Correctional Association. Dr. Halasz
received her Ph.D. at the Ohio State University in Education and