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Leadership and Education

Dr. Michael Tuckson

Where is the Real Leadership?

Policy proposals based on out-of-date ideas and information is not leadership. The science is complicated, but in practical terms it is incumbent on those that cannot follow it to accept the recommendations of the leading climate scientists. This they are certainly not doing. The IPCC projections from 2007 are out of date, as is shown by many tens of scientific papers. See also Copenhagen Diagnosis.

The important ‘politics’ now is not between left and right but between the scientists and the rest. The scientists are leading but the politicians and their commercial allies don't get it.


There is little point in discussing the details of technological change and financing that the politicians are focusing on when most emissions reductions on offer merely takes us back to just below 1990 levels by 2020. In 1990 leading scientists were already calling for reductions and now 20 years later the political 'leaders' of so called developed nations are just thinking about it. By 2050 conditions could be so bad as to make the promises meaningless.


So many speak and write as though we face merely ‘economic costs’ even though the world is getting perilously close to a state in which global warming will be out of human control. We are not talking about an increased tax rate, another recession or even depression, but the probability of the irreversible degradation and death of societies, cultures and nations as we know them, including the lifestyles and lives of the ever growing wealthy.


It befits the more advanced nations, whether or not they have large poor sectors, to lead decisively in the expectation that others will follow to some extent and raise their commitment over the next year as suffering rises and education improves, both at home and abroad. If nobody leads we are lost. If the big ones can get togther to lead we are on the way.

Educating the World

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, rejected twice by a motley vote in the Australian Senate in 2009, is one example of the global ignorance of the latest scientific research shown by corporations, unions, parties and governments in most of the major emitting nations, combined with an unwillingness to lead. It has been apparent for some time, but now obvious that the world needs a crash multi-national and multi-lingual programme of adult education on the science and strategies of climate change. Such a course should be primarily aimed at industry managers, union leaders and politicians but all significant power holders and energy users should be exposed. It would be far easier if  seniors ('leaders') in government and the private sector were to accept the latest scientific advice, but if not, they must endeavour to understand up-to-date explanations of Earth inertia, surface earth systems feedbacks, tipping points and irreversibility. Moreover, they must distinguish between science and the postures of charlatans, perhaps members of the extreme anti-government movement, often in the pay of the fossil fuel or tobacco companies, or under the influence of these people without realizing the source of their denial. Sceptics and deniers should distinguish between human or social affairs where scepticism is more justified, and biophysical science where the empirical and logical basis of research is far firmer.


All the more developed nations and the largest most advanced developing nations could contribute to a crash multi-national and multilingual education programme on all aspects of climate change. If a private benign investor or donor is not forthcoming, this could be organized by the IPCC, or a new body under the G20 perhaps together with a consortium of major NGOs. It must employ a team, full time and part time, of the top independent scientists who have published groundbreaking work in the last few years, as well as engineers, economists, forest conservationists, agriculturalists, change strategists and others to work with top educators, film makers, journalists and linguists on multimedia methods of adult education. All G20 governments must agree to fund the distribution of the results on television, the internet, the press, magazines and elsewhere.


We should allow ourselves six months or less to produce the first film/video and accompanying booklet in English, focusing on the latest science. This first video should only use existing field shots from film libraries to save time and money. It could be worthwhile to test drafts on key sceptics and then deniers. This first video should be directed at intelligent 'well educated' people who are poorly trained in science, rather than the general public. Later videos can have a broader target. After a short testing period the English version should be immediately translated into Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Indonesian, Portuguese, Arabic, French, Russian and Persian at least. Subsequent videos and booklets can treat strategies for mitigation and then adaptation, firstly for the powerful and then others.


The value of videos and other education in relation to sceptics and deniers is also briefly covered in .....SCEPTICS AND DENIERS  Other forms of education in which private individuals and small groups can make a contribution are found in ...... Hierarchical Strategies


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Semi-Random Slogans

Invite a denier to lunch

Eat less meat every day

Form a small climate group

Inertia will kill us, twice

Holiday on bicycles

Learn how to plant and nurture trees

Drain your rice fields sometimes 

Auction caps 

Grow and store carbon 

Write to a newspaper in a denier region 

Help the employees, not the fossil fuel owners

Read a book, not a newspaper, on the bus

350 not 450

Study tropical forest protection

Why are most deniers men?

Carbon tax before cap and trade

Look for a home closer to work

Write a new page for this website

Oppose lobbying

Put a new slogan on your bicycle or bag every day 

Study the latest climate science first

No air-conditioning before lunchtime

Drink just a little cow milk

Study Earth's thermal inertia

Learn how to teach

Send parts of this website to a politician

Grow and store carbon in houses 

Organize exchanges with Asian universities 

Grow crops not livestock

Rationing is equitable

Study thermal inertia in buildings

Practice dialogue, not argument

Behaviour before technology

Make a bicycle path plan

Don't use concrete

Drive a much smaller car

Study the denier claims

1.5 not 2.0

Don't use trees for offsets

Work with a bilingual person 

Eat even less meat every day

Support better democracy

Do deniers care for their grandchildren? 

Paint your roof white

Oppose advertising by polluting companies

Consume less, save money

Form an international group 

Help a politician to learn

Making cement emits CO2.

Education must be global 

Grow and store carbon in the soil

Fans, not air-conditioning

Lobbying is bribery

Study growing algae

Improve the school curricula

You can't read driving a car

Find dated photos of glaciers

Study which companies bribe political parties 

How do you entice a denier to want to learn?

Share your job with an oil driller

Plant trees to absorb carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere

Have you tried Tahini dip?

What do deniers understand?

Dress less formally in the heat

Design a more tempting commuter bus

Get to know a denier's children

Pay tax to fund retraining

Less clothing, not fans

Eat kangaroo meat 


Improve the university curricula

One is enough

Interview a climate scientist on video

Insulate your home

Open a wind turbine factory in a coal town

Study Earth feedback processes

300 not 350

Wheat is safer than rice

Take men's fashions up, and women's down

Use a condom in emergencies

Share some job-time

Protest forest destruction

Wear a cotton coat

Study tree plantations

Eat just a little cheese

Get to know a denier's grandchildren

Why do the rich want to grow?

Put on an extra jumper when its cold outside

Offer a new job to a coal miner

Adopt two

Join an NGO today

Political bribes, not donations

None is enough

Holiday close to home

Invest in a diverse plantation

Wear less in the heat

Talk to migrants about emailing home

Make compost

Promote eco-tourism for locals

Read more of this website

Ask a politician have they read James Hansen

Eat less cream

Jumpers are cheaper than gas

Arrange a climate debate

Build a thick-walled house

Study how to turn moderate deniers

Study fast growing trees

Hand out appropriate leaflets at railway stations

Study your local energy organization

Learn about the delights of veganism

Study Chinese

Practice walking

Shirts are enough in hot weather

Support rapid research on how to turn deniers

Try an IUD

Asians make blankets from cotton and kapok

Get to know your neighbours

Recycle jumpers and coats

Holiday by mass land transport

Drink red wine, not milk

Support rapid research on capturing CO2 from the air.

Hand out leaflets at bus stops

Men's legs are beautiful too

Talk to local government about recycling biological waste

Keep a stock of morning after pills


Adopt another one

When will the USA go metric?

Write and publish leaflets

Holiday on a sailing ship

Start a course on climate change and solutions

Exercise periodically when its cold

Farmers now support the Green party

Give a talk at the local school

Chocolate's great with soya cream

Climate crisis not climate change

Share a car with your neighbours

Study tipping points and irreversibility

Email government ministers

Form a climate group with your neighbours or friends

Read Climate Cover-Up

Study palaeo-climatology

Soon meat becomes less tempting

Improve your foreign language skills

Adopt a baby girl 

Write an article for your local newspaper

Read Storms of My Grandchildren (after reading some climate science such as on this website)

Take plastic packaging off at the shop

Climate emergency not climate crisis

Ask you government to make a good video on the climate emergency

Move your company to where your workers live

Invite your favourite denier to a vegan lunch

Ask the supermarket to turn off half the lights

Study carbon taxes in more than one nation

Join yours with other climate groups

Shop at dimly lit shops

Email people you know abroad

Ask a climatologist to explain the various! meanings of CO2e

Plant and nurture trees in your garden till its full

Learn about biochar

Study the bus routes in your town or city

Support James Hansen for the Nobel Prize for physics, peace or whatever.

Protest new oil exploration

Install a solar thermal hot water heater

Shop for food where the fridges have lids or doors

Plant 10 trees a month in neighbours' gardens and in parks

Ask your adult children what they think

Write a better letter to the newspapers

Organize a demonstration outside coal company offices.

Where are the Nobel prizes for Earth and social sciences?

Form a climate group at work

Give a talk at a school in a coal town

No children is best

Buy a glass of wine for a denier

Start an NGO

Support honest and intelligent politicians

Study short-term GHGs

Join a good political party

Give a talk at a school at an oil town

Study hire-purchase for solar panels

Stake out a coal energy factory

Don't export coal or oil

Work in a vulnerable area

Invest in geothermal

Live with a farmer family in the holidays and help them plant trees

Build a sailing ship

Give talks at the local town.

Hand out leaflets at another station

Video a debate

Move to a swinging seat in time for close elections



















 Michael Tuckson

The website author and publisher, December 2009.


Easy Summary


We must try to understand up-to-date climate science coming out over the last few years that warns of possible disaster. Ice shelves and sheets are melting much faster than before. Global temperatures are rising, with oscillations due to ocean oscillations. Natural causes are minor compared with pollution. This understanding must be spread by advanced adult education, especially among the powerful. As many readers as possible must spread understanding.


Denier leaders are funded by the fossil fuel, tobacco and similar corporations and/or are ideologues. Their arguments are always against, not considering pro and con, as with real science. They rarely call for better understanding, just attempt to confuse. None are climate scientists. Their motivation is salary and weak government, not salary and discovery. Either they do not care about their descendants or they do not understand the probable future.


We must put more emphasis on the short-term greenhouse influences such as methane. Carbon dixide must be captured from the atmosphere. Also we must lead with behaviour change before appropriate technology spreads. Birth control is important in some regions. Job-time sharing and retraining can reduce any unemployment resulting from mitigation measures. Mitigation must be coordinated globally by government and citizens in modern sectors. City pairing could be useful.