Living in the Jetsons era? How about living in Polar Cities?

Interesting things happen when you start blogging…

One post landed me in the New York Times (Dot Earth) comments section with some random guy from Taiwan quoting another blog post of mine (the “I don’t care about global warming” one).

Anyways, that ‘random guy’ is Dan Bloom and he actually has some interesting thoughts on the matter.

He wants to build polar cities to prepare us for climate change.

In the event of catastrophic global warming events in the far distant future, humankind might have to find refuge in a group of polar cities lying within the Arctic Circle in such countries as Canada, Norway, Finland, Russia Greenland, Iceland, Sweden and the USA (Alaska). Under such circumstances, the founders of the Polar Cities Research Institute, led by visionary futurist Dan Bloom, 59, have announced that they will build a model polar city in Longyearbyen, Norway, with construction set to begin in 2012 and “volunteer testing occupancy” in 2015. (More pics and Press Release here and Dan’s website here.)

He wanted to know my opinion on his big project… so here goes it.

I hope to god that the world’s survival doesn’t depend on people living in what is essentially biodomes (Oryx and Crake anyone?)  but the fact that we have some people planning for it shouldn’t be a surprise.  Climate change is a big issue and everyone is going to (and is) handling it differently – and there’s room for it all. So, although I’m not really a futurist, I’m not going to call this guy crazy.

The worst that could happen is that it does come true and then we’ll all be thanking our lucky stars that at least someone thought of a backup plan. (Not to mention that for every great inventor/thinker – they were usually thought of as crazy at the time) And, so what if it doesn’t happen? Oh heaven forbid…we now have a discussion on it? The good thing is that we’re at least talking.

And, if you do a quick google search, his idea seems to be gaining ground. Investors are talking, and the bloggers are writing. Whether good or bad comments, it’s the same as business – publicity is always a good thing;)

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  1. dan bloom says:

    Climate Clock:
    http://climateclock350.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Jane, for this nice introduction to my polar cities “thought experiment”. That’s all it is, a chance to think about the far distant future and what might lie in store for the human species, IF we don’t lick this global warming problem NOW. All our time and energy, of course, should go into the here and now, finding solutions for glo war NOW. Mitigation comes first. But we also need to spend some time thinking about future adaptation strategies, in case things go very very wrong in the 100 to 500 years, and James Lovelock seems to think they will, and he is my teacher in all this….

    So look upon these images of polar cities, and the idea behind the images as a non-threatening thought experiment to focus public awareness on both the here and now AND the possible far distant future. Me, too, I hope polar cities never come true. But just in case, let’s look at the images, let’s imagine other kinds of sustainable population retreats, and let’s work hard to find fixes and solutions to climate change NOW.

    I appreciate your interest in my idea and your kind words of support.

  2. dan bloom says:

    Jane,

    Below is an unpublished newspaper “column” by a make-believe newspaper columnist named “Max Webster”. It’s another take on all this, and has never been published on the Net before, first time is right here. — Danny

    ——————————

    When ‘Max Max’ meets ‘The Road’ — Polar Cities to the Rescue?

    A column by Max Webster
    (c) 3008

    [Editor’s note: A non-threatening thought experiment about polar cities
    for future survivors of global warming is the topic of Max Webster’s
    column this week. Read on.]

    I have seen the future, and it’s not a pretty picture. Let’s just say
    it’s going to be something in between the “Mad Max” movies and Cormac
    McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Road”. Connect the dots.

    We are heading into a Long Emergency, folks, the likes of which this
    human race has never seen. Oh, the Earth has seen things like this
    before, sure. The Earth, yes, Mother Earth, she knows all this
    firsthand. But the human species, us, mankind, humankind — o the
    humanity! — we are heading into uncharted territory, and the
    prospects are not exactly ravishing.

    I’m not talking about the near future or even the distant future. I am
    talking about — to stretch this column a bit from its usual everyday
    fanfare — the far distant future. Say 2500 A.D., and by A.D. I don’t
    mean “Anno Deus” — praise the Lord — but “Absolute Disaster” —
    where is the Lord? — and I hope you are paying attention.

    Don’t turn the page yet. Keep reading. Forget about the celebrity hit
    parade for a few moments and Britney and Paris and Amy Winehouse and
    Johnny Depp. Just give me a few more moments of your precious time,
    Dear Readers…

    Now what on Earth am I talking about? Let me say it in just two words:
    polar cities.
    There, you heard it first here. Polar cities for survivors of global
    warming in the year 2500 A.D. or so, if we still believe in God and
    use those initials for His Year.

    I found out about all this when I received an email recently,
    completely out of the blue, unsolicited, from a climate activist
    named Danny Bloom, who, believe it not, says he’s at heart an
    optimist. He told me right off the bat that’s he’s 60 years old, give
    or take a few years here or there, and that he’s very concerned about
    global warming and the damage it might do later on. Not now.
    Everything’s okay now, he told me. Everything’s hunkey-dory now, he
    said. But he’s concerned that the clock is ticking. He’s concerned
    about the survival of the species. Not tigers or lions or leopards or
    mice. The human species. He’s concerned about us.

    So I wrote him back and asked for an explanation. Turns out this Bloom
    fellow is a very serious guy, and yes, he’s way out there in far left
    field, off the radar even. But I think it’s worth paying attention to
    what he’s saying, for whatever it’s worth. It might be worth something
    important. Then again, it might be just a lot of hot air in a media
    circus of untold proportions.

    “I am not prediciting that polar cities will be needed,” Bloom told me
    in an email. “I am just speculating. The concept is getting a lot of
    interest from bloggers on the Internet, although the mainstream media
    is keeping my ideas off the news media radar for now. One New York editor for a
    major wire service told me that ‘nobody is interested in reading about
    polar cities’ and that he would never assign a reporter to interview
    me.”

    A reporter from a newspaper in Texas said that unless Bloom could
    muster some positive support from well-known scientists working in the
    field of climatology the entire concept of polar cities was not worth
    reporting on.

    So I asked Bloom about this and he told me that James Lovelock, the
    eminent British scientist, who is at the forefront of the entire
    debate on global warming, recently emailed Bloom after seeing images
    of what polar cities might look like. And what did Lovelock say? “It
    may very well happen and soon,” he told Bloom, thanking him for
    sending his blogsite with the images posted there.

    Well, for my money, if James Lovelock says “it may very well happen
    and soon” — in regard to polar cities as sustainable population
    retreats for survivors of global warming in the future — then the
    issue is worth addressing, reporting on, and writing this column on. I
    hope I haven’t frightened any readers by talking about such a topic,
    but maybe it’s time to get serious about global warming and face
    facts.

    So while I don’t completely agree with Bloom’s vision, I do think his
    ideas are worth discussing in the mainstream media as well as in the
    blogosphere, and even more importantly, I think the arresting images
    he has come up with, through the commissioned computer art created by
    Cheng-hong Deng, are worth looking at.

    Pictures are worth a thousand words. Take a look here.

    http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

  3. Jay Godse says:

    Hi Jane.

    This is an interesting idea. The challenge, of course is a business challenge. Here goes:

    1) Initial investment. I’m going to guess that setting up such a city is going to cost at least $50 million. It’s hard to get that kind of cash together these days, especially when there are so many other investments that yield returns much sooner with a lot less money.

    2) Getting people to move to these cities will be horribly difficult. If the Ontario (Canada) government cannot convince doctors to move to Thunder Bay, Ontario (a northern cold city) with plenty of guaranteed work, then it will be a very difficult challenge to get anybody to move to this polar city.

    3) Return on investment. Getting such a city to a state of self-sustaining viability will be very difficult without decades of ongoing investment. Because of this it will be hard to get generations of governments or investors to continue footing the bill.

    Investing in a proof-of-concept polar city may have some benefit because I’m sure that there are many spin-off technologies that can get a return on investment in a few years.

    Time will tell.

    Cheers, Jay

  4. Danny Bloom says:

    Hi Jay,
    Wow, that is an amazing post, above. I had never thought about all that. Would u like to be our business manager for the first Model Polar City, maybe for 2015? Email me offline at danbloom GMAIL…..thanks — db

  5. Danny Bloom says:

    Jane
    I got a reply from a top scientist in the field in the USA today, he said:

    “The Question is whether in 100 years technology will not have changed so radically that urban systems (and the people in them) have as well. Has to do with what one holds to be contingent in a world with rapidly evolving foundational technologies (nano, bio, ICT, robotics, cogsci). ”

  6. Jay Godse says:

    To Danny Bloom.

    I’d be happy to be your business manager in 2015. I’ll need a 3-year contract at the rate of $200,000 per year (assuming that inflation in the next 7 years is similar to inflation in the last 7 years) plus a housing and schooling allowance for my family to ensure their comfort and education. I assume that there will be enough people there for my children to socialize with as well.

    Cheers, Jay

  7. janeporter says:

    Wow… for some reason these posts kept going without me noticing them… sorry for missing the convo.

    well jay – you now have another business opportunity;)

    interesting comments. polar cities are getting people to talk -hence, the point of my post:)

    good luck with it dan! keep me posted.

  8. Jay Godse says:

    Talk is cheap… breaking ground is horribly difficult…building a profitable polar city is even harder.

  9. DANNY BLOOM says:

    Jay,
    My business partner, Sir Richard Branson, will be contacting you sooner than you think!

    thanks.

    danny

    Meanwhile, yes, Jane, the discussion goes on. Kevin Moore, an activist in New Zealand, writes to me today:

    “In 2004, Sir David King, Chief Scientific Advisor to the British Government suggested that global warming was the biggest issue for humanity (far more important that so-called terrorism) and that Antarctica would literally be the only inhabitable land mass by the end of this century if no drastic action was taken to reduce global warming. Well, guess what -in practically every country on this planet emissions are well up, including the majotrity of signatories to the Kyoto Protocol!!!

    Hence, if you re going to talk about Polar Cities, they need to be discussed in the context of self-reinforcing abrupt climate change (all that CO2 and methane in the permafrost being released, plus methane ‘burps’ from methane hydrates) as a last option for humnaity around 2040-2050, not a century or two into the future. Putting them so far in the future distances people from the problem. Putting them within the lifetime of many people alive today brings home the reality of the ruanway greenhouse….. a 4, or 6, or 8 degree rise in the average temperture of the Earth over a matter of a few decades.

    I personally believe that is exactly where we are headed, especially if the determination to coal out the ground and burn it as quickly as possible continues.”

  10. DANNY BLOOM says:

    Another blogger in the UK wrote to me on this topic and said of polar cities idea that “it is more of a potent warning than a hopeful future.” He got that right.

  11. DANNY BLOOM says:

    BTW, A GLOBAL WARMING SONG HERE: FREE

  12. Danny Bloom says:

    By the way, Jane, in terms of discussions, here is :

    What experts in climate change field are saying:

    The following quotes are from genuine emails from real scientists and experts in the field of climate change and scientific research. Since the emails to this blog were private emails and not intended for publication with their names attached, I have decided to keep their actual names private, keeping with international standards of Internet etiquette. — Danny Bloom

    *NOTE: Below are comments, most of them critical or negative, from scientists and professors in several English-speaking countries, and one from Russia. More will be published on this page shortly, as an appendix to this page.

    Professor A: “If it comes to that, in the far distant future, as you say, we probably won’t have the social stability to
    sustain such advanced developments as ‘polar cities’.”

    Professor B: “While I think that polar cities might surface as a reasonable model for future habitation, I’m still not ready to give up on reorganizing ourselves in the lower latitudes just yet. In other words, given the warming scenarios, why not simply reconstruct sustainable (and, most especially equitable) kinds of communities in northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Russia Scandinavia?”

    Professor C: “With the movement of grain belts north, and the thawing of lots of open ground, wouldn’t it be much easier, less costly and accommodate many more of global warming ‘refugees; if we were to build closed-loop, sustainable communities in the north — but above ground? Are your polar cities above ground or below ground?”

    Professor D: “Sir, your notion of polar cities for survivors of global warming in the distant future is quite provocative — and most interesting. My real hope is that it will help prod the conversation in the direction it needs to go. If it serves that purpose, that, alone, will be a considerable achievement.”

    Professor E: “I doubt I would have any useful comments to make on something 400 years from now. However, people are clever and will create for themselves very interesting living conditions as time goes on.”

    Professor F: “I had not heard of this idea until now. If we do not halt global warming, it is probable that by 2500 the polar areas will be quite warm. It will probably take many thousands of years to melt all the ice in Antarctica, but the northern tundra of Canada and Siberia may become more habitable and it may indeed be possible to establish cities there. However, most of the tropical and all the temperate zones will also still be habitable. In any case most people are not likely to try to make plans more than 100 years ahead.”

    Professor G: “The last time the Earth was this warm with high levels of CO2 was the Cretaceous Era, and at that time the temperature was not much hotter in the tropics than at the poles, so yes, I think James Lovelock is wrong. Of course we don’t want to wait and see, do we? There is still a chance of stopping things before they go too far. Keep up your work, but please don’t send me more questions as I have a lot of other emails and so forth to deal with.”

    Professor H: “If we don’t take action immediately to begin reducing GHG emissions, we could end up with a planet that has habitable zones only at high latitudes. However, we probably should not forget about global warming’s twin, global cooling, who still may be lurking up the road. I’m inclined to think, however, that global warming is going to carry the day as various positive feedbacks kick in. Regarding ‘polar cities’, I’m unclear about how long it will take the tundra to transition to a non-frozen, heavy weight bearing state, which I suppose would be necessary for construction to progress. When tundra melts, how long does it take for the muck to solidify into weight bearing soil?”

    Professor I: “Civilization can gradually move to higher latitudes and altitudes. The
    required times are a century more, so this will happen naturally, almost
    imperceptably. This sort of shift has happened in the past as climate
    has changed, leaving behind archeological sites. The world is full of
    ghost towns that were populated hundreds or thousands of years ago.
    Famous examples are Pompeii and Ostia Antica near Rome and the abandoned
    farmsteads on Greenland, but Europe is full of them (often plowed under
    by modern agriculture). Moving to the poles is more remote (the North Pole is under water). Note the global warming warms the winters, not the summers, so that
    the present tropics and temperate latitudes will not become uninhabitable.”

    Professor J: “We’ll adapt to a warmer climate. In the late Middle Ages, this is
    called a Climatic Optimum. Cities naturally turn over their
    infrastructure on a time of 50 — 100 years, so the cost of moving
    inland (uphill) is not prohibitive compared to the ordinary costs of
    maintaining a living city.”

    Professor K: “Global warming warms cold winters. It doesn’t affect hot places or hot
    summers. Nothing is going to become uninhabitable, although places already
    very hot (Death Valley, Persian Gulf, Sahara, etc.) will remain so.”

    Professor L: “Thank you for sending me the polar city images you have created. It may very well happen and soon.”

    Professor M: “As for James Lovelock and his predictions, he doesn’t understand climate or
    physics. He only knows that doomsaying sells books, and he won’t live to
    be proven wrong.”

    Professor N: “I am an optimist on human adaptability because history shows that humans
    (and ecosystems) adapt to change. The details may be a problem (arctic and
    alpine species may go extinct, millions may die in floods in Bangldesh,
    though this is avoidable with sensible planning and preparation, many
    coastal cities will be abandoned, etc.) but humanity will survive. If
    Eskimos can survive the arctic, Bedouin the Arabian desert and various
    Indian tribes the Amazon, all with stone-age technology, humanity as a
    whole will survive the climate of the next 500 years, whatever it will
    be. The Earth won’t turn into Venus.”

    Professor O: “We cannot plan for future centuries ahead because technology will change so much.
    Suppose we tried to plan in 1900 for cities of today — 2008. Big apartment houses,
    a small grocery on every block, ice factories in every neighborhood, express
    streetcar lines everywhere, lots of TB sanitaria and isolation wards for new
    immigrants, utility poles for thousands of telephone wires everywhere…”

    Professor P: “I think I will pass
    for the time being on writing about your polar cities idea, unless you
    have some funding or other form of high-level backing…it’s thought
    provoking but the idea of future generations having to move to the
    arctic in a few hundred years time makes me shiver, and I fear it may
    sound scaremongering to others.”

    Professor Q: “Je crois que James Lovelock exagere peu etre un peu trop. Bien que ce
    scenario reste plausible, il serait dommage que nous ne pourrions pas
    changer le futur plus que ca. J’ai bien lu le livre de Mr. Lovelock et je
    crois qu’il a bien dessine les possibilites atroces qui peuvent nous
    attendre. Je ne crois pas d’autres parts que ses predictions nefastes qui
    sont dominantes dans la derniere partie de son livre sont croyables, surtout
    que celles-ci ne sont pas basees sur des recherches scientifiques assez
    valables. Votre scenario de ville futuristique enfin est intrigant et, souhaitons le,
    ne sera pas necessaire.”

    Professor S — [Sergey Zimov, Russia, Northeast Station, Siberia]: “Thank you for your interest to the topic.
    I would say yes, the world might need ‘Polar Cities’ some time. I think
    it can happen earlier than 2500.”

    Professor T: “Climate change will come upon us far more rapidly than that! Year 2500 is too generous. It will happen much quicker than that! And you can quote me on that!”

    Professor U: “Polar cities are a fine idea. I am sure there will be more urbanization near the poles as the Earth warms. Of course we need some planning, but it is just not something I have given much thought to. There is a guy in Holland who is promoting floating cities, so there are all kinds of ideas out there. I am a little busy to give a lot of attention to every idea.”

    Professor V: “I think the polar cities might surface as a reasonable model for
    future habitation. But I’m not ready to give up on reorganizing
    ourselves in the lower latitudes just yet.”

    Professor W: “I have a daughter, and in my bones I am afraid for her and her children.”

    Professor X: “I think the futuristic look of the polar cities graphics is blinding us to the reality that we already have “polar cities” – in Russia and Alaska. The cities portrayed somehow suggest an alien ice enviroment, but with global warming the area will actually be more human friendly.”

    Professor Y: “It is not productive to talk about polar cities now, when humanity needs to focus on how the
    world can drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s silly to think 200 or 300 years into future, it’s more useful to
    think 20 or 30 years out.”

    Professor Z: “If your ideas alert the public to the real dangers of climate change and global warming, then your project is a good one. But who knows what life will be like 500 from now. It might be too late by then.”

  13. Danny Bloom says:

    Greg in Florida tells me, after reading this: “I just thought of something – Toronto will be the Miami of the Polar world!:

  14. janeporter says:

    Hey Dan,

    Wow, nice to see discussion at a higher level. How goes the funding?

  15. danny says:

    Hi Jane

    Funding nil. This idea is not a money spinner. But getting more and more PR, via the blogosphere, and the New York Times is set to report on the idea soon, too. But money? Nada. Not needed at this point. Word of mouth is all we need now. Later, if we get to build a real mode polar city in 2012, we might need funding from Sir Branson or Gates. Fingers crossed. But for now this is an educational TOOL to promote global warming awareness.

    What’s your take on the seed vault in Norway, opening today?

    And i posted a link to your blog over at io9.com re the Jetson meme…

    SMILE

    danny

    http://northwardho.blogspot.com/2008/02/doomsday-vault-in-norway-seed-vault.html

  16. janeporter says:

    Well, if the goal is to get people talking, I’d say you’ve been doing a great job:) At least in the blogosphere (understand that you have hard time with the mainstream)…. we’re quite an open bunch I’d say. But this ‘underground’ news stream has legs.

    This is just a thought – but if the goal is to talk then maybe try putting it in other ways. (While I say this – don’t give up the polar cities idea – just think about it in another perspective). The goal is to get people thinking about adapting, planning, and in a way, controlling for what’s to come (whatever that may be).

    Why not try other messages?
    Here’s something off the top of my head.

    Make an international competition of ideas for planning for climate change. Use yours as an example and give rewards for the most outlandish, most reasonable, most sci-fi etc. Make it funny yet make it clear that we need to start THINKING about this.

    Perhaps this kind of ‘fun’ but useful event would get the msm attention;)

    What do you think?

  17. Dany bloom says:

    Jane
    Did you see DOT EARTH today on the Seed Vault in Norway? good post and 100 plus comments. go and look. One woman wrote this, which i find telling: esp her comment on DIRE!

    “I find this whole notion rather disturbing. Have we really reached the point in our society where we need a seed vault in the Arctic? I thought I was well informed — I live in New York and work in academia, I read the NYT faithfully, I travel. I guess I need to read more on this seed situation. Apparently it is quite dire. ”

    — Posted by Jill on DOT EARTH today
    Feb, 26, 4008 (sic)

  18. Dany bloom says:

    Jane
    This is good idea. YES. Brilliant marketing method. And yes, the goal is to get people to talk, about many issues , not just polar cities. Polar cities is just the portal to get them in the door. and then more ideas will bloom, no pun intended. yes. Let me figure out a way to do this. Maybe you can help me. — DANNY

    RE:

    This is just a thought – but if the goal is to talk then maybe try putting it in other ways. (While I say this – don’t give up the polar cities idea – just think about it in another perspective). The goal is to get people thinking about adapting, planning, and in a way, controlling for what’s to come (whatever that may be).

    Why not try other messages?
    Here’s something off the top of my head.

    Make an international competition of ideas for planning for climate change. Use yours as an example and give rewards for the most outlandish, most reasonable, most sci-fi etc. Make it funny yet make it clear that we need to start THINKING about this.

    Perhaps this kind of ‘fun’ but useful event would get the msm attention;) YES YES YES

    What do you think? **** I LOVE THE IDEA!

  19. Dany bloom says:

    I found one mainstream news outlet, print, that is going to interview me and the artist who made the images of polar city…….just found the reporter yesterday, spoke by phone, story will appear in print and online in two weeks. Will provide link here. He will focus on the images as a way to wake people up, and why the artist did the images the way he did…….an English newspaper in Taiwan, with worldwide website too. So let’s see what happens. It’s a drip drip drip process, but thanks for egging me on with your original post there last month. The blogosphere energizes me, and who needs the MSM if we got the Bsphere? SMILE

  20. Dany bloom says:

    Must See: The Jetsons
    By danbloom
    One post landed me in the New York Times (Dot Earth) comments section
    with some random guy from Taiwan quoting another blog post of mine
    (the “I don’t care about global warming” one). Anyways, that ‘random
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  21. Danny BLoom says:

    Jane
    I revamped things a bit to make the intentions of the project more clear:

    Wednesday, March 5, 2008

    POLAR CITIES IMAGES AS EDUCATIONAL TOOLS

    PRESS RELEASE

    For immediate release
    Anytime after March 15, 3008

    Green blogger uses “polar cities” as educational tool
    to raise public awareness about global warming issues

    NEW YORK — A lone blogger in Taiwan is using the Internet in a novel
    way to help raise awareness about global warming.

    Green media activist Danny Bloom doesn’t believe humans will ever have
    to live in so-called “polar cities” (a term he coined in 2006), but he
    is using a series of computer-generated blueprints of a polar city as
    an educational tool to help raise help public awareness about the
    climate crisis.

    Created by Taiwanese artist Cheng-hong Deng, the polar city images
    have appeared on hundreds of websites and blogs around the world — in
    English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French and Chinese, Bloom, a 1971
    gradute of Tufts University in Boston, says.

    The 58-year-old green activist says he is using the Internet in a
    novel way to get his message across.

    The message? “If we don’t actively tackle the very serious problems
    that confront the world now, in terms of global warming, then there is
    a possibility that future generations might have to take refuge in
    such polar cities. I never want to see these polar cities become
    reality. So the images Deng has created for my project are meant to be
    a warning about global warming.”

    Bloom says he has shown the images to internationally-acclaimed
    climate scientist James Lovelock in Britain, who is known for his
    pessimism and doomsaying about global warming. Lovelock told Bloom by
    email: “It may very well happen and soon.”

    “I hope polar cities are never needed for survivors of global warming
    in the far distant future,” Bloom says. “These images are meant to be
    a wake-up call for those who are still sleepwalking through the
    climate crisis.”

    Bloom emphasizes that he has no agenda, political or scientific, in
    terms of solutions to global warming, and says that he just wants to
    participate in the global discussion about climate change in his own
    personal way. “I am just using Deng’s images to sound the alarm, a
    visual alarm.”

    He says that his Internet campaign, which began a year ago with a
    letter to the editor of several newspapers in North America and
    Europe, has had the result he is looking for.

    A young blogger in Tahiti saw the images, blogged about them in
    French, and said that while he found the polar city blueprints to be
    fascinating, they made him just want to work harder in his daily life
    “to help fight the climate crisis so that the worst case scenarios
    never happen.”

    POLAR CITIES BLUEPRINT:
    http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

  22. danny bloom says:

    In the midst of doing some reading online the other day, a certain
    phrase popped out at me from a press release from an Australian green
    group that spoke about a “safe-climate future” in an article by Ryan
    King headlined “Scientists target safe-climate future”.

    The term SAFE CLIMATE jumped out at me, as I saw its similarities to
    SAFE SEX as a PR catchword, so I began to try to formulate a way to use
    this in a good way for climate activists. I came up with the concept
    of “safe-climate lifestyle” as a term to mean living a lifestyle that
    recognizes that global warming is real and trying to leave as small a
    carbon footprint as possible and working in whatever ways one feels
    are important to help mitigate the problems we are now facing.

    So a question to those reading this blogpost: for feedback. Does this have a good ring
    to it, sound good, should we try to make this term popular among green
    activists and the media?

    As in: “Local citizens gather to discuss
    safe-climate lifestyles” (as a headline in a local newspaper in
    Anytown, USA).

    I like it. What do you think? COMMENTS BELOW APPRECIATED OR EMAIL ME at danbloom {one word, no space) in the GMAIL place. You know how that works. Go!

    — Danny Bloom

    ONLINE CURATOR: “THE JAMES E LOVELOCK VIRTUAL MUSEUM POLAR CITIES”

    http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

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  24. Danny Bloom says:

    Global Warming Solution: Polar Cities in Alaska, Canada, Russia…Hi Jane, a new story is on Associatedcontent.com today, titled “Global Warming Solution: Polar Cities in Alaska, Canada, Russia…” the news goes on. But still very few people take my ideas seriously. I wonder why. SIGH.

  25. danny says:

    jane . novel coming out soon titled POLAR CITY RED by Jim Laughter want news tip. Margaret Atwood tweeting on it already. email me at danbloom AT gmail

  26. danny says:

    climate change is not a joke
    [ LETTER TO THE EDITOR]
    Climate change is no joke

    A recent AP wire report reprinted in the TAIPEI TIMES about “climate refugees” in the South Pacific (“Entire Pacific nation could eventually move into Fiji,” March 12, page 5) sounded the alarm about the tiny island nation of Kiribati and its fears over climate change and rising sea levels.

    The term “climate refugees” is a fairly recent coinage, created a few years ago by a human immigration and migration expert at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and as time goes on, we are likely to see this term used more and more often in newspaper headlines and articles.

    Could Taiwan’s 23 million people someday end up as climate refugees themselves? The question sounds more like science fiction than anything else, but a few climate scientists at National Taiwan University have already spoken publicly about the issue.

    With Earth Day approaching on April 22, a sci-fi writer from Oklahoma, who I have been in contact with over the past year as part of my Polar Cities Project, will release the first ever “cli-fi” novel about so-called “polar cities” in Alaska, with one of the main characters, Professor Hei Chu, part of his colorful cast of characters.

    The book is titled Polar City Red and was written by Jim Laughter, a retired US Air Force technical writer with a host of sci-fi novels under his belt.

    The story is about climate refugees who have fled to Alaska in some distant future, and while Laughter’s book will not change the world, it is a good thought exercise to give expression to human imagination and emotions about our collective future.

    In his novel, Laughter, a retired grandfather of four, envisions so-called “polar cities” for future survivors of devastating climate change disasters worldwide. While his book is not about Taiwan and does not take place in Taiwan, it could very well be about Taiwan’s future as an island nation with millions of climate refugees who must flee someday to northern climes in some distant future.

    Taiwan is not Kiribati, but people here might want to read Laughter’s novel to peer into the future; not through the lens of science, but through the lens of human imagination and emotions.

    In the end, climate change is not a laughing matter, and Jim Laughter is not laughing.

    Dan Bloom
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