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The People's Web Strategy

Dr. Michael Tuckson

It is clear the many corporations, and the fossil fuel and other unions are dragging their feet, and so many politicians are beholden. Many of the managers and directors of particularly the fossil fuel, mining, construction, vehicle, building and livestock-related corporations appear to have some combination of a poor understanding of the causes and mitigation methods, a low empathy with the people as a whole, and of course high self-interest in the short-term. To the extent that government policy remains weak, and that seems likely at the moment, as well as trying the above hierarchical strategy, the ordinary people must act, with help from NGOs, the better governments and corporations. But individual effort without international organization will have far too little effect. It has been estimated that only 4 percent of the British have so far done anything to reduce emissions.

It may be possible, however, with coordinated leadership and people’s international agreements through the World Wide Web, that we can collectively significantly reduce net emissions. If we can all see that citizens of other major nations are making an effort it might catch on. To make it simple, households and organizations could agree to reduce emissions at an annual rate related to income for households, or after-tax profit for companies if not affected by a cap and trade scheme or carbon tax (in or converted to US dollars). For example, if your annual household income is USD20, 000 you could agree to reduce your emissions by 2 percent a year and if US70, 000 by 7 percent per year, increasing by one percent each year. If your after tax profit is say USD200,000 you could agree to reduce emissions by 5 percent per year averaged over 5 years and then by 10 percent. The higher rate for the richer, in which ever country, will be necessary as they tend to be the greatest polluters. The rate should increase as the first steps are usually the hardest and you may be an early actor in your community. Nevertheless we should all state our aim with as much sophistication as we can muster and place on the coming web site and keep to, or exceed it. Those with high rates and low aims might add an explanation. The star reducers would be publicized on the web site and the commercial organizations could use it in their advertising.

Eventually villages, towns and districts could enter their collective progress. It may also be possible right from the start for cities, provinces or other organizational units with roughly equivalent emissions in different type of countries, such as Canada and Brazil or Australia and Indonesia or Thailand to pair off, agreeing to both reduce emissions at a certain rate and nominate their method, including monitoring, for all to see on the web. For a large city such as Sao Paulo, two Canadian cities may be necessary. This could also offer opportunities for mutual learning support and other technological exchange. If we can get the cities moving, the countryside would follow.

Your can reduce net emissions by behavior change or by installing or using new technology. How you do it is up to you, but behaviour change is of course cheaper. I say net emissions as we can boost carbon uptake, usually by botanical means, although trees achieve little when they are small and they can be subject to loss. Reducing emissions is better unless you have a large land area with a confident future.

All nationals could enter their progress on one web site in the national language that would be transparent to all co-linguists around the world. Those who have already significantly reduced their carbon footprint can enter these reductions and could be said to be pioneers. A more ambitious activity would ask people to assess lifetime emissions, and base reductions on that as well as existing income. Volunteers could make spot checks that would be recorded to verify online claims. When the mass of people participating in this agreement grows, community education can be used to get others to follow.

Local groups that form to support each other on reducing emissions, after observing each others progress on the website, might consider also forming letter writing and learning support groups to move up hierarchies as discussed in .Hierarchical Strategies

Emphasis must be put on the fact that this is a world-wide movement crossing all national boundaries. Individual effort without global organization will have much less effect. If it gets going, politicians will join in and the fossil fuel and related companies will be left flat footed.

Watch out for greenwash, the propaganda of major companies that either pollute the environment themselves or sell products that cause pollution, but pretend to be concerned, perhaps funding small tree planting projects along streets or environmental courses in a few schools. Some make two products or set up two related companies, one green and well promoted, the other based on old technology. Note that physical products you buy including food, clothing and equipment nealry all have significant carbon footprints.        

The list of actions that a household can do with existing vehicles, building and equipment is usually well known but a basic list is given here in case anyone is new to the topic. Some equipment changes are included. In our house, not having installed air conditioners, I turn my fan on at about 11 am if I can’t take my shirt off. In the name of gender equality, the females in the household object to me taking my shirt off so I invite them to do the same.

View the emission reduction actions table…. Emission Reduction Actions

At the moment you can calculate your carbon foot print using a number of online carbon calculators, most of which are fairly rough, and many apply only to one country, even though that is not stated. You realize it when they ask for a post code and refuse to let you continue until you have entered one. Even organizations like WWF, one would think a global organization, have an online calculator that only applies to the UK!!  It asks about heating but not cooling, doesn't include renewable energy and all sorts of minor housing and transport. We need an international calculator that can be used by all the rich and poor in cold and hot countries, and in which you can enter your own figures rather than ticking gross generalizations such driving 5-50 km/ day. 

We can reduce net emissions before major alternative technology spreads quickly, and we must persuade our friends, colleagues and neighbours to do this, and persuade governments if possible to provide reasons, regulations and incentives to everyone. If we do not do this perhaps billions will suffer inconvenience, starvation, violence and death. Make sure you read the two detailed pages on surface earth systems feedback and emissions, concentrations and temperature.

Hundreds of geo-engineering proposals to reduced GHGs have been made and tried on a small scale, but very few appear to have significant prospects. To be acceptable of course they must be relatively cheap and have only minor detrimental side effects. ‘Artificial trees’ and sailing boat based salt sea sprayers appear possible but have been criticized on environmental grounds. If they can be shown to be socially and ecologically benign, there is no reason why these cannot be deployed soon alongside other methods if they are more cost-effective than say moving from coal to solar. Geo-engineering probably must play a key role in capturing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere already, a necessary exercise if we are to achieve a concentration approaching 300 ppm. But behavioural changes must come first, supported by changes in bank operations especially in the fast rising countries.

Try not to be overly concerned about the wide range of costs of mitigation that economists of all persuasions dream up. They are based on variable and even unacceptable assumptions about other people's misery and death, a host of other imponderables, and tend to ignore behaviour change based on increased understanding of feedbacks and irreversibility and local and global cooperation. Compared with the uncertainties and even grossness in future price based models, climate models are a dream. Those who die and are crippled in war suffer far more than say the housewife who became an ambulance driver or the even the soldier who was interned as a prisoner of war. Our future short-term will entail many of the ambulance type switches and we will get used to it. If you have to travel to work by shared car or bus, work four days a week for less pay, holiday in the local mountains, and live with occasional air-conditioning you will survive and get used to it. Billions do this already and don't complain. If we find the mineral resources for manufacturing the new technology, when renewable energy eventually covers everyone, if we control births, and save sufficient soil, clean fresh water and ecosystems, life will improve. I hope I don't put you off making an effort if I remind you that when extreme global warming is beaten, we will still be faced with huge areas of degraded and destroyed soils, water and ecosystems, huge inequality, massive poverty worse than now, ethnic and religious conflict and any other problem you like to name. But hopefully the experience of cooperation over global warming will have made us better able to confront these other issues and problems globally.

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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.