China Papers

 

John B Cobb, Jr is introducing several China Papers to guide The Living Earth Movement.

Living Earth Movement Understanding China Papers and Dialogues

We are convinced that through cooperation, the peoples of the world could still salvage much of value from the disasters we face. We are convinced that global cooperation depends first and foremost on cooperation between the United States and China.

We are convinced that the major obstacle to cooperation is American enmity toward China, expressed in American policies and propaganda. The latter has succeeded in making most Americans think negatively of China and lack enthusiasm for cooperation. We hope that discussion with Roy Morrison will open the eyes of many to the wonderful possibilities that real cooperation could actualize.

We propose a three-pronged response to increasing the chances of cooperation.

A monthly meeting of young Chinese and Americans to build personal relations and mutual understanding. This is planned and implemented by young people as the Living Earth Youth Dialogues Sharing from the Heart.
A weekly meeting for all ages to discuss events in China, especially those which American propaganda has used to discourage interest in cooperation. We’ll call these “Dialogues about China”, recognizing that their purpose is to gain realistic understanding and build a community of people who care. Our initial program will be held on January 26th at 1:00 pm PST with Roy Morrison. His bio and one-page extract from his paper are provided below.
A growing collection of short statements, “Understanding China,” about what China is doing. The focus will be on explaining why China acts as it does. Our belief is that if Americans understand why China does what it does, whether they approve or not, they will see that cooperation with China is possible, as well as crucial for the survival of civilization. We would like for these papers to be widely available so as to provide a check against propaganda designed to increase suspicious and hostile feelings.
These three pathways will intersect extensively. The young people may write some of the “Understanding China” papers and make use of others. The weekly dialogues about China will often be about a draft of one of the papers. Through papers and discussion, we hope to build up a community of people who are genuinely committed to contributing to the goal of China/U.S. cooperation as a crucial step toward global international cooperation.

John B. Cobb, Jr.

 

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China-U.S. Cooperation

China-U.S. Cooperation

China Paper – China-U.S. Cooperation

Excerpt from the 7-page paper on China-U.S. Cooperation: Connecting An Asia – North America Super-Grid that will be discussed during the Living Earth Movement on January 26.

The world faces an existential threat of climate disaster that affects all nations, the rich and the poor.  2022 was a year of worsening climate disaster globally, from floods, drought, hurricanes and tropical cyclones, wildfires, mudslides, heat waves, and even record snows from the weakening of the Arctic polar vortex. Global greenhouse gas emissions still continue to increase.

If we do not take aggressive measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions, we increase the risk of releasing irreversible global geophysical forces. We cannot refreeze melting permafrost on land and sea beds, releasing gigatons of methane, or refreeze an ice-free Arctic Ocean once it is absorbing and not reflecting sunlight.

However, the good news about accelerating our global response to climate change comes from three scientists. In January 2022, in Nature, the preeminent scientific journal, Cong Wu, Xiao Ping Zhang, and Michael Sterling found that solar energy alone can “lead to full power availability all year round” by linking continental-scale renewable energy systems with a 13-hour or more time differential.  This means that a link between Asia and North America, using solar alone, could meet all our energy needs.

As the sun sets at 6 PM in California, it’s 10 AM the next morning in Beijing. An undersea cable connection between an Asia super-grid across the Bering Strait, 52 miles wide with an average depth of only 160 feet, to Alaska and the North American super-grid will do the trans-continental job.

Continental grids will be built piece by piece, step by step, nation by nation. It’s an effective way to take advantage of the earth’s rotation to provide energy from the sun and wind. The larger the scale, the more efficient the use of renewable energy and the more cost-effective. Cooperative and continental-scale renewable energy development led by China and the United States is the basis for effective and timely global greenhouse gas displacement and climate change mitigation.

  1. Solar is a readily available technology that can be installed as single panels or solar farms, or above parking lots, on rooftops, or as dual-use agriculture above pastures and crops. Each panel contributes to global greenhouse displacement.
  2. Solar can be installed quickly. It has lead times of weeks to months and not the many years for large scale wind farms.
  3. Solar costs continue to decrease, and solar’s efficiency in turning sunlight into electricity continues to increase. Fossil fuels cannot compete with zero-fuel-cost renewables. Taking advantage of continental-scale renewable energy systems reduces the preindustrial carbon dioxide levels below 300 parts per million.

For more details on Roy Morrison’s presentation on Thursday, January 26th

Roy Morrison
Roy Morrison

“China – U.S. Cooperation Building an Asia – North America Super Grid”

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China-U.S. Cooperation

China-U.S. Cooperation

Excerpt from the 7-page paper on China–U.S. Cooperation: Connecting An Asia – North America Super-Grid that will be discussed during the Living Earth Movement on January 26. The world faces an existential threat of climate disaster.

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Taiwan

Taiwan

The island, now called by its Chinese name, Taiwan, has had a history distinct from that of China. However, it was incorporated into Chinese empires for long periods. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive.

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Introduction to Series

Introduction to Series

The Living Earth Movement encourages cooperation among nations to moderate and limit anticipated natural catastrophes. We judge that the most important cooperation for the sake of the world is between the U.S. and China.

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