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Kim Stanley Robinson: Remembering climate change … a message from the year 2071 | TED Countdown

Coming to us from 60 years in the future, legendary sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson tells the “history” of how humanity ended the climate crisis and restored the damage done to Earth’s biosphere. A rousing vision of how we might unite to overcome the greatest challenge of our time. Take action on climate change at…

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Coming to us from 60 years in the future, legendary sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson tells the “history” of how humanity ended the climate crisis and restored the damage done to Earth’s biosphere. A rousing vision of how we might unite to overcome the greatest challenge of our time.

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The 2020s were a crux in human history.

They began with the first pandemic,

a slap to the face of everyone,

as they had to acknowledge
that they were a single civilization

on a single biosphere,

utterly dependent on science
to keep them alive.

Civilization is a fragile thing.

And although people started the ’20s
hoping to ignore that profound truth,

even after the first pandemic,

the great heat waves of 2023
torched any such hope.

Humans cannot survive combinations
of high heat and high humidity

that rise above an index temperature
called “wet-bulb 35.”

And that year, the wet-bulb 36 events
in India, in Southeast Asia

and in the American Midwest

killed so many more people
than the first pandemic

that it was made clear to everyone
things simply had to change.

The arrival of the second pandemic
put an exclamation mark on all that.

The question at that desperate point
was: Could things change?

Could humanity stop its destructive ways

and restore balance
to its relationship to its biosphere?

Crucially, could it lower the global
average temperature of the earth

in time to avoid killing
millions more people,

more animals

and indeed entire species?

Looking back from our perspective 60 years
later, this of course looks possible,

because they did it.

But it was by no means a sure thing.

You have to imagine what it felt like
at the time, when panic filled the air,

and no one could be sure
success was even physically possible.

Many declared that humanity was doomed.

This is why that decade gets called
“the turbulent 20s”

or “the terrifying 20s.”

Only much later did some historians
begin to call it “the terrific 20s”

or even “the roaring 20s,”

although that’s a historian’s joke
and as usual, a bad one.

It was not at all like
the roaring twenties of a century before.

It was much stranger than that.

In these critical years, lessons learned
in the first pandemic got put to use.

The scientific community
had rallied to meet that crisis

in an unprecedented way,

unleashing a burst of cooperation
and creativity never seen before.

And now they did it again.

Things that had once seemed impossible
became the new normal,

and the heat waves of 2023
spurred an all-hands-on-deck mentality,

in which almost every solution ever
proposed to help solve the climate crisis

got accelerated to roll out
and given a try.

The diversity of this effort
makes any study of the 20s

a very multidisciplinary affair —
which I like — involving all of science,

technology, engineering and medicine,

STEM yes, our great tool kit,

but also, crucially:

governance, law, justice,
diplomacy, philosophy and the arts,

and most of all, finance.

Rapid changes in civilization software

were what allowed for the rapid
changes in its hardware.

Crucially, the people of that time
had to arrange to pay themselves

to do the things necessary
to heal the biosphere.

Money had to go to good work
rather than bad.

This was the crux.

With that change enacted,

there was all manner of good work
ready to be performed.

It has to be understood
that before the 20s,

capital always went to
the highest rate of return.

That was the law of capital,

often literally the law.

Restoring damage done to the biosphere,

taking carbon dioxide back out
of the atmosphere —

these did not yield
the highest rate of return,

so money went elsewhere,

and thus the catastrophe struck home.

Strange as it seems now, the funding
of destruction might even have continued

were it not for a basic change
in the global political economy,

a change oriented by science,

organized under the Paris Agreement

and then enacted
by all the nations on earth.

The mechanism for this transformation

was called the Network
for Greening the Financial System,

an organization of 89
of the world’s central banks.

Under the direction and encouragement
of their governments,

these central banks shifted the world
to what some now call the carbon standard.

It also gets called “carbon quantitative
easing” or “the carbon coin.”

The idea was this:

that new fiat money
should be created precisely in proportion

to the amount of carbon dioxide
taken out of the atmosphere

and sequestered in plants, soil
or the rocks under our feet.

And that new money
was to be given to anyone

who drew carbon back out of the air

or demonstrably and over the long term

refrained from burning it
in the first place.

This monetary and fiscal policy

reoriented a huge proportion
of human work to decarbonizing projects,

and there were a lot of them ready to go.

Regenerative agriculture
was one giant area,

very important, as people still
needed to eat while saving the world.

Reforestation, where appropriate, was also
a rapid method of carbon drawdown.

So was direct air capture,

which required an entirely new
physical infrastructure,

all paid for by carbon coins.

Some captured carbon got rendered
into replacements for concrete and steel,

and that, too, earned carbon coins.

Habitat restoration also helped, usually.

Once people were getting paid to take care
of the earth’s land and animals,

carbon drawdown then joined the effort
to stop the mass extinction event

that we had been slipping into.

Of course, clean energy is fundamental
to powering all of this good work,

and installing thousands of gigawatts
of clean energy production

was a mammoth task.

Millions of people spent their careers

in this great infrastructural
transformation.

Indeed, there was so much
work to be done in the 20s

that governments funding it
were able to create full employment.

“Create full employment,”
which of course means an end to poverty.

That there wouldn’t be enough
work for people,

that there was a contradiction
between people’s health

and the biosphere’s health —

these were confusions so ingrained
in the era before the 20s,

they’re now hard to understand.

But hindsight is 20/20,
if you’ll excuse me saying so.

And as for keeping
fossil fuels in the ground,

this, too, had to be compensated,

as many nations were literally
banking on these resources,

the burning of which would ironically
have destroyed them.

When petrostates like Venezuela,
Saudi Arabia, Canada and Russia

declared they were
going to keep it in the ground,

they were paid in carbon coins,

on a timetable matched to how quickly

they would have extracted
and sold these fuels.

At the level of cities,

infrastructure changes got paid for
as they reduced carbon burn.

Mass transit projects,
electric car recharging stations,

infill construction, city agriculture,
clean power generation —

all these actions earned
carbon coins at the city level.

And individuals could earn
the coins as well,

by efforts such as no-till agriculture
or green ranching,

peat bog creation, kelp farming

and also swapping out
dirty machines for clean ones.

All such decarbonizing efforts now made
money rather than cost money.

Well, of course, there were many problems
created by this shift in value.

Certifying carbon drawdown
became a huge industry in itself,

and anything that gets
measured gets gamed.

So this was not a simple matter.

But it got done.

And then …

the heat waves of 2027 made it seem

as if all their good work
had come too late,

the people could no longer stop
a slide into catastrophe.

Things could have fallen apart that year,

and there was enough turmoil to make it
seem like that was what was happening.

The countries that cast dust
into the atmosphere the next summer

to deflect sunlight into space
and cool things off for a while —

these countries were excoriated by many,

but thanked by many more.

The sense of emergency grew strong,

and political instability
spread like wildfire.

The creation of a dozen new countries
by way of divorces, velvet or otherwise,

was hard to reconcile
with the climate emergency work.

And for some years,
history seemed to fall into chaos.

Often seems that way.

The global temperatures cooled
for a few years after that,

and political temperatures cooled as well.

Indigenous people took an active role
in managing the lands

that they knew the best,

bringing back much-needed
values of long-term care.

Women’s empowerment continued to expand

by way of the continuous
and undeniable work of women.

And when the world’s population
then began to level off,

pressures of all kinds
were reduced accordingly.

The project also of leaving a big
percentage of the earth’s surface

to our cousin species

gained momentum, with large reserves
of wildland connected by habitat corridors

to make migrations possible again.

And the mass extinction event
that had looked inevitable

began to shift into
a global project of mutual care.

Although the sunlight deflection of 2028

remains by far the most famous
act of geofinessing,

it’s important to recall the effort
in Antarctica and Greenland

to pump meltwater
out from under the great glaciers

that were then sliding
faster and faster into the sea.

Sea level rise could have been
a catastrophe for everybody,

not just near the coastlines,
but everybody.

But removing that meltwater
beneath the glaciers

caused their ice
to bottom out on rock again,

slowed the ice back
to its historical norms.

Sea level rise is still
a concern, of course,

but in this matter, as in so many,

carbon drawdown is a huge help.

It’s the clear signal indicating
that we have taken up our responsibility

for keeping the biosphere in balance,

that the parts per million of CO2
in the atmosphere

is now under our control

and a matter of international
treaty negotiation.

This is really the great
accomplishment of our time.

It means we can put sea level,
along with everything else,

onto a shared path
towards long-term stability.

It’s another way in which we can say
we now live on the carbon standard.

We take that for granted now.

But 60 years ago, it was a challenge
no generation had had to beat.

That they did it is something
we should be grateful for,

and indeed, the more historians
like me look at the 20s,

the more amazing they become.

Those people really stepped up.

Thank you.

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119 Comments

  1. Kylie XOXO

    August 30, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Reading these comments really shows how Fcked we are.

  2. Blah Bleh

    August 30, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    smart man, incredible books, i recommend his mars trilogy if your scientifically minded and interested in terraforming and the associated social dynamics

    • gasdive

      August 30, 2021 at 9:52 pm

      Science was pretty much abandoned in service of story telling, but very enjoyable.

    • Crafty Pam

      August 30, 2021 at 11:21 pm

      My favourite books!

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    August 30, 2021 at 7:42 pm

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    August 30, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Time to go to Mars with SpaceX!
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    • Kloko Loko

      August 30, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      what will you eat there?
      Dirt ?

  5. Dav Mac

    August 30, 2021 at 7:48 pm

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  6. Me MyselfandI

    August 30, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Climate change is fake news. Devil worshipping Freemasons rule the world. All they do is steal corrupt and lie.

  7. James Crawford

    August 30, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    He lost me in the first 45 seconds. Science is what is killing us.

  8. psimon

    August 30, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    People are trash. Care for the ones you love and enjoy your life with those people while you still can, dont waste time with others.

  9. Sheeple Slayer

    August 30, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Well.. if you really wanna stop climate change..
    Stop the princes of the middles east from literally making it rain, Germany from using TECH to break up hail storm.. and stop governments from seeding storms and spraying chemicals into the sky that drop down on crops and wreck them.

  10. Asher H

    August 30, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Ahh yes, the future predictors are back! This time, however, they have more idiots following closely at their coat tails!

    • Poop Doop

      August 30, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      Read the description genius

    • Blitz

      August 30, 2021 at 11:18 pm

      Global warming is real, consider going to Asia where we got all of the pain made by people in US, China, etc.

  11. Austin M. Craig

    August 30, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    The whole vision presented here is to save humanity and the globe through vast, sprawling geopolitical, bureaucratic administration, measurement, and central planning. Am I reading this right? How well has any of that worked in the past? How well is vast geopolitical coordination working right now? I would have taken Robinson as somebody more creative than this. It isn’t good retro-history, it’s bad fantasy. I believe in creative solutions, but I don’t think that looks like “more and bigger government!“

  12. Priyesh Pandey

    August 30, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Now we can just try don’t know what faith mother earth has decided for us because lungs of earth are already burning.

  13. Thomas Darling

    August 30, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I hear Climate Science is a really hot discipline right now.

  14. David Sanchez

    August 30, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    What a nice Fictional tale….

  15. Pengolodh

    August 30, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    There is no solution for the climate crisis under capitalism.

    • tetra

      August 31, 2021 at 12:02 am

      For the motherland!

  16. Christian Soldier

    August 30, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    total crap fiction

    • Nathan Christensen

      August 31, 2021 at 12:58 am

      Says the “soldier” taking marching orders from iron age cult fan fiction.

  17. Alex Allen

    August 31, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Thank you for helping us envision a better future.

  18. brbertram

    August 31, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Word. Solemn word.

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    August 31, 2021 at 12:42 am

    If you’re looking for a way to help the environment you can switch to ecosia they are a search engine that plants trees.

  20. mike c

    August 31, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Nut job

  21. -

    August 31, 2021 at 3:21 am

    This message from the future is obviously fake.

    We won’t make it to 2071. ¬_¬

  22. TOM

    August 31, 2021 at 6:16 am

  23. Mr Paul

    August 31, 2021 at 6:29 am

    A welcome more positive Sci-Fi view of our future, in stark contrast to the Dystopian dirges we normally read and hear. A lot of the science even made sense and the Carbon Coin as the currency of change even has a heads or tails chance of making a real difference. Some of the greatest threats to all life and our way of lives were dispatched weakly, such as Sea Level rise being arrested by the Grounding of the Greenland Ice Sheets on bedrock…More Sci-Fi than Science there. For me the greatest challenge to accepting this more positive outcome is the reliance on the Human Race uniting in its common, self interest. The idea that the realisation that we are a single civilisation on a single biosphere as we face extinction would be the turning point. The Pandemic is cited as an example of this single civilisation on a single biosphere concept. But look at the Pandemic Response, is it a United World coming together or is it the same selfish, self interest, me and my country first kind of response. Are the rich and the poor get equal vaccination, health care and financial support at an individual or national level? So to believe as humanity races towards the 6th Extinction that millenniums of demonstrable selfish human nature will change for the majority or more importantly amongst the Political, Industrial and Military leaders….SORRY… that is not believable. If only it did, because that would really be the tipping point back in favour of a sustainable future for single civilisation on a single biosphere.

  24. Paul M.

    August 31, 2021 at 7:07 am

    The glaciers on Mars are still melting, and we had nothing to do with it.

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  26. Eternity row X

    August 31, 2021 at 9:23 am

    This is a hopeful outcome – much like his book ‘Ministry For the Future. But from what I am seeing today- many people deny science as some kind of plot to take away their ‘freedom’.- The house and Senate will not take action on climate change- action might be taken when vast parts of many states become uninhabitable. The US and many other countries could become ‘failed states’ Climate change is going to worsen this decade- what you will Likely see is a disintegration of American culture.

    The US is a badly divided nation- but many other countries are seeing a certain level of polarization on the pandemic- and climate change.
    Mr. Robinson could be right- but things are going to have to become far worse before anything is done about healthcare, wealth disparity and climate change. Americans have been ‘dumbed down’ after 40 years of Reagan’ and neoliberal policies.

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  28. Skarzim Abedi

    August 31, 2021 at 9:27 am

    whats the name of the book and whence was it written ?

    • Avi Richar

      August 31, 2021 at 4:35 pm

      pretty sure it’s more a short story, and the name is in the title of the vid I think — tho a book length extrapolation of all this could be fascinating

  29. B. smart

    August 31, 2021 at 9:35 am

    After taking the blue pill.

  30. pitic8

    August 31, 2021 at 10:33 am

    an optimist

  31. 더릿

    August 31, 2021 at 11:50 am

    It is good, the way to go future for our life

  32. C J

    August 31, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    We have one billion years as a species to get off this rock, that’s when the sun itself will have changed it’s emissions signature enough as part of it’s natural aging to kill all life on earth. Green energy or no. We will work together as a species toward the common goal of space diaspora or die along with the earth. Things aren’t looking too good for us right now, when we can’t even admit we’re one people and not “nations” or “races”.

  33. Lydia Flih

    August 31, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    fingers crossed ahah

  34. Samuel Nwokorie

    August 31, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    I believe this message!

  35. Douglas Clay

    August 31, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    First it was “Global cooling”, then “depletion of the ozone layer”, then “global warming”, now they’ve changed it to a nebulous “climate change”, all this to raise taxes and control the masses. Climate change is real, it happened to begin the ice age and it happened to end the ice age, and it happened many, many times before that. Climate change happens, always has, always will. When the “science can’t be questioned, it is propaganda. They want to tax you into the ground so they can live the life of kings and queens in control of you. Wise up!!!

  36. Avi Richar

    August 31, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    this was excellent, right up to the last glitch, after so much accurate and inspiring science and finance and politics etc woven in, oopsing it by saying 60 years ago and dropping the basic-math ball a bit right at the end — it’d be nice if we started in 2011, for sure tho!

  37. Holly H

    August 31, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Whimsical

  38. Tyler Smith

    August 31, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    If you follow suspicious observer on YouTube you will learn a WHOLE lot with what’s going on with the weather and environment changes. It all stems from the sun, go figure, and all the planets in our solar system are having vast changes, not just Earth. It’s because the sun’s cycle is changing

  39. Christian Soldier

    August 31, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Do you know why he didn’t mention America ?? it’s because we kept our right to defend ourselves and fought off the tyranny !!!

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    August 31, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    The best way individuals have to make this future real is donating to effective climate change organizations, such as founders pledge climate change fund. A small percentage of people donating a small percentage of their income should be enough to cascade and cause the global change that we desperately need!

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  43. Alberto Gonzalez

    September 1, 2021 at 12:16 am

    This guy is FOS

  44. Levi Efrauim

    September 1, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Man’s understanding of science expands by leaps and bounds every decade, every year. But when fear-mongers continue to spread the type of drivel such as climate change, it only continues to fuel that fear. I have more faith in my fellow man to figure out solutions rather than just forever focus on problems.

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    September 1, 2021 at 2:23 am

    Thanks

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    September 1, 2021 at 2:23 am

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  49. Gary Wilson

    September 1, 2021 at 4:04 am

    I live in a Mediterranean climate. I’m afraid of what it will change to. God help me if it changes to an Alpine climate!

  50. Z1BABOUINOS

    September 1, 2021 at 12:17 pm

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  51. 凌lzl

    September 1, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Until now, unfortunately there’s still people who don’t believe climate change and the catastrophe of environment made by pollutions.
    They still believe it’s a rumour or government political tools.

  52. 凌lzl

    September 1, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    2016:nations signed the Paris Agreement, everything seems to be on progress
    2021:no one talked about this agreement…
    Bruh

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  55. Asian Tea Party

    September 1, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    What? You’ve invented a time machine? Or do you have a wild imagination, like the Climate Cult?

    • Eric Meece

      September 2, 2021 at 4:49 pm

      you are the one deceived. you are among the ones threatening us with destruction.

  56. Asian Tea Party

    September 1, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    The liquid dinosaurs in your car’s fuel tank is the best solar storage battery in the entire universe.

  57. Asian Tea Party

    September 1, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    This must be a liberal art trick.

  58. Asian Tea Party

    September 1, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    It’s great, people’s homes will disappear with Climate change; it will mean more jobs and more prosperity as we build anew – new cities, new infrastructure, airports, ports, rail, power, etc. The futures looking real bright.

  59. Eric Meece

    September 1, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    So you are predicting the Democrats will win elections in the 2020s?

  60. Bernie Zelvis

    September 1, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Methinks this work of fiction is overly optimistic.

  61. The Laughing FoxX

    September 1, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I love this viewpoint, but I fear we will keep getting setbacks because of greedy Republicans not wanting change, but more money to line their pockets!

    • Eric Meece

      September 2, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      Exactly so!

    • David Snyder

      September 11, 2021 at 8:58 pm

      @Eric Meece btw, how you sleep at night wasn’t to be taken literally. Just in case you missed that. Also, it’s kind of funny that I probably vote the same as you. Lastly, the problem as I see it is that “the best” as you call it, just isn’t good enough. And to assume just because a person is a democrat makes them immune to corruption and greed is absolutely ignorant

    • David Snyder

      September 11, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      But like I said earlier when I attempted to exit this debate respectfully, agree to disagree

    • Eric Meece

      September 11, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      @David Snyder It’s nice to escape a conversation without making any specific claims. What forest and trees? What Democrats are following personal agendas? What power grabs? If you “agree about Bernie and so far Biden is ok” then what Democratic policies are you talking about? They pretty much cover the range.

    • David Snyder

      September 11, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      @Eric Meece if you didn’t understand my last comment, please re-read it. Pretty sure I explained why I’m not wasting my time to argue with you. I’m not talking to you anymore sir, good day lol

    • Eric Meece

      September 11, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      @David Snyder OK, put that head of yours back in the sand, and have a nice cool day

  62. Nurlatifah Mohdnor

    September 2, 2021 at 5:18 am

    Tq

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      September 2, 2021 at 10:15 am

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  63. E&D

    September 2, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    For the very reason that you worship the creation rather than the Creator , the wrath of God is coming.
    You’re worried about the planet, rather you should be worried about your eternal soul. Almighty God is going to burn it all up. The sin , the earth, and all who worship false gods, all of it.
    So you may bow your knee at the alter of mother earth , but you will bow your knee and confess Jesus is Lord to the glory of God, either now to salvation or then to eternal punishment.
    Choose wisely,
    Tic tok

    • Eric Meece

      September 2, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      God is us; we are the hearts and hands of God on Earth. We can care for our souls and ask Jesus to help us, but we must do the work, and not promote divisive religion.

  64. Sentient Flower

    September 2, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Talk about science *fiction*. In reality it is unlikely that the people surviving in 2070 would say anything whatsoever good about the planet destroying coronavirus primate species.

  65. RoBB's Mind

    September 2, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I’ve got well balls too. They are classified as “wet balls 69”. Here all night folks!

  66. Jumbo Egg

    September 3, 2021 at 4:19 am

    i enjoyed listening to his optimistic viewpoint, but it is naturally “first-world-centric”. To be “in balance with the biosphere” implies the first world is willing to forego a large proportion of its great wealth and luxury to support the well-being of the vast majority of world’s population not in this group. I use the term “first-world” loosely, to include all those who have the time and inclination to contemplate these worldly matters. Those not in this group are all the people in the world who’s number one preoccupation is putting food on the table every night. How many are in this latter group? I would think 85% of the world’s population is not far from the mark. Do we really believe that a “balanced biosphere” can support this vast and ever-increasing human population? I like to say that climate change is not the problem, it is a symptom. Yes climate change (and related factors) is one serious symptom, but there are many other symptoms of the problem throughout the world.

  67. Sofi Mango

    September 3, 2021 at 5:51 am

    🧸

  68. William Jones

    September 4, 2021 at 4:36 am

    It’s funny because it completely ignores the nuclear war of 2023…

    • M MAGON

      September 6, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      lol

  69. Time to Believe

    September 4, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Dreamers that have no idea of what they’re talking about

  70. Patricia P

    September 4, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Well project Veritas said the next big thing from mainstream medmainstream media would be climate change. so how are they gonna lock us down with that? no gas? because of a shortage? was a shortage causing prices so high you cannot afford to go anywhere? how will this play out..

  71. CrotalusHH

    September 4, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I strongly object to this. No proof this will happen. No consensus that it’s real. No effective plan to fix it if it is true. Just waste money and resources without any reduction in pollution from the worst offenders like China and India. Large investments in nuclear power are the only way to get large reductions in emissions, but the very people that most believe these changes are man made are dead set against nuclear. They want us to switch to electric cars by mandate when we don’t have even close to the power production to charge them. California is already asking people to restrict when they charge their cars.

  72. Yithmaster

    September 5, 2021 at 4:10 am

    This is super cringe bru

  73. pafnucek

    September 5, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    “Swapping out the dirty machines for clean ones…” Excuse me, what? The further into video the more delusional hogwash it becomes. So….paying “carbon coins” is going to motivate people to work in decarbonizing projects? Sure, sure, but what are they going to buy for those coins? The problem is that without fossil fuels there will be no Amazon next day deliveries, choice abundance in supermarkets and maintaining the “standard of living”. What the carbon coins are going to buy you, when industrial goods are no longer produced? This guy is a full on greenwashing propaganda of technophiles, that still believe that technology is going to save anyone. Idiot’s don’t understand that industrial technological systems are self-propagating and must grow. We depend on them so much that human population at 8 billion people would not be possible without the machine running. The “green” machine is pipe dream. The rapid decarbonisation is necessary. But it means death of billions of people. The technological silver bullets is not even a good science fiction but plain fantasy.

  74. Invox

    September 5, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    This is all very optimistic… I don’t believe we’ll make it to 2050.

  75. M MAGON

    September 6, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    It’s utopian to hear the global community has agreed that few countries will be paid for not doing what they might have been doing wrongfully. Although the general concept seems not totally wrong. Brazil definitely should get paid to stop deforestation.

    When will we finally realise, there isn’t a risk of ecosystems collapsing. There is no fish around Europe, almost no animals. SEA, China, India. We are not facing ecosystems collapse. We are discussing monetary incentives to save the few last ones.

  76. M MAGON

    September 6, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Any message in 2071 will start with “Hello, can anyone hear me?”

  77. No one star

    September 8, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Reflection is painful for those who have never practiced it. ✨✨✨

    🐲✨🐲✨🐲✨
    “Before I start, I must see my end.
    Destination known, my mind’s journey now begins.
    Upon my chariot, heart & soul’s fate revealed.
    In Time, all points converge–hope’s strength re-steeled.

    But to earn final peace before the Universe’s endless refrain,
    We must see all in nothingness…
    …before we start again!”
    🐲✨🐲✨🐲✨
    — Diamond Dragons (book 1)

  78. Agir Verde

    September 8, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Hi hope that human bean change. We need to awake! we are already suffering with the climate changes! It´s happen now for all the world. We need to continue the peace fight for more people wake up . Thanks Mr, Kim Robinson. I found in this the big motivation to my life.

  79. Richard Weiss

    September 9, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    About as accurate a prediction as those made by clueless climate scientists with a communist agenda

  80. Morho

    September 10, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Nice fairytale 😀 i see different scenarios but we will see

  81. ricknoll

    September 10, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    As he reads from a book… maybe you should read from “A Dark Wood” instead.

  82. Scott Masson

    September 14, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Ironic watching a Ted Talk on climate change, and seeing all the Bitcoin ads in the comment section.

  83. Harvey the paragliding chaser

    September 14, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    In Grimm’s fairy tales the good guys always win. Let’s hope so

  84. Akbar Zib

    September 14, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    No it’s bullshit.
    It’s the exact same bullshit excuse that ancient cultures used when they wanted to rob the peasants of their land & wealth as well as to blame for their poor management decisions.
    “Crops failed this year? Sacrifice some peasants to the weather gods! That’ll fix it!…”
    Leftist environmentalists failed their claims & duties? Must be “climate change” (never their own incompetence!)

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