Resilience and Adaptability Model

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Resilience and Adaptability Model

Modeling resilience and adaptability is an almost impossible job. It's woven throughout all aspects of life and being human. I'm convinced of the importance of social and real-life interactions. I encourage you to shutdown your devices and go offline. Connect to your environment. Meet people, feel nature. Be human, kind resilient and adapt to the challenges of life.

Resilience

the quality of being able to return quickly to a previous good condition after problems

Cambridge Dictionary. s.v., resilience, accessed October 30, 2017, https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/resilience.

Adaptability

ability or willingness to change

Cambridge Dictionary, s.v., adaptability, accessed October 30, 2017, https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/adaptability.

Model

a representation of something in words or numbers that can be used to tell what is likely to happen if particular facts are considered as true

Cambridge Dictionary, s.v., model, accessed October 30, 2017, https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/model.


Links

Some links that inspired me, or maybe still inspire me. Be inspired yourself!

Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Deep Green Resistance.

Party for the Animals.

Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics.

Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.

Writings on Civil Disobedience and Non Violence by Leo Tolstoy.

Carolyn Steel.

RE.THINK Earth - We all want to be resilient. Or do we?.


CO2 storage, the wrong turn

In the panic of fighting climate change, some have come up with the idea of sequestering CO2 and CO2 storage on a large scale. Most of the storage facilities are underground. In this small article I will make clear why this is not the way to go.

Storing your nasty stuff is no solution

Well, putting it away does not solve your problem. Look at household garbage or radioactive waste. The general consensus is that storage is a bad solution. Otherwise we would stop looking for other solutions, wouldn’t we?!

A burden for our children

The climate change caused by CO2 emissions is a problem that weighs heavy on the generations coming after us. Storage facilities need to be maintained indefinitely. This way we only create an even heavier burden for our children.

Storing is actually producing even more CO2

Before you can store CO2 you need to sequester it. There are a number of processes that can be used to do this. Whichever method you choose, you’ll need an installation and energy. That installation needs to be build and maintained. The piping to the storage facilities need to be build and maintained. As well as the storage facility itself. So total CO2 emissions are higher due to all this. However the amount of CO2 that enters the air is lower. The ‘surplus’ is put underground. But it ain’t gone!

We need to learn to consume less, use less energy

Storage is the wrong way. The real problem that we have is that we are way to energy-hungry. We consume, use, produce. It’s that way of life that needs to change. Take and create opportunities, there are plentiful ways of reducing energy consumption. Take for instance personal transportation. It’s not only buying a car with a better energy label that does the job. Why should you buy a car it all? Think about alternatives like a bike or public transportation. And when you need to buy one, buy one that’s smaller, lighter and is electric or at least very fuel-efficient. And most of all, use that car as less as possible. Now you’ve reduced the CO2 emission problem of your personal transportation in an easy and realistic way. This solves problems.

Safety: CO2 is a deadly gas

A little word on safety. CO2 is deadly. Accidents will occur. Life will be lost. The lake Nyos incident is a good example of the deadly potential of CO2.

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Please share this vision and article to stop current developments of CO2 storage. I hope that the people who are currently working on CO2 sequestration and storage will use there personal energy, knowledge and drive to develop real solutions.


World Happiness Report 2018

The latest version of the World Happiness Report was released this week. It tells both a happy and a sad story about us humans. The happy part? A lot of people live in countries where people are generally happy. You could probably guess the sad part of the story.

Access the World Happiness Report

What does happiness have to do with resilience? A lot. Happy people are generally way more resilient. They have the energy, power and will to withstand pressure and changes. The report also addresses migration in relation to happiness. I think migration is a combination of adaptability and resilience. It’s good to see that the World Happiness Report contains a lot of valuable data and research on the item. Please follow the links shown above to reach the report.

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