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Clean Climate City Collaboration Challenges

Engaging cities as global change engines to reverse, mitigate and help the world adapt to climate change impacts.

We humans screwed up along the way to raising our species from the muck.

Yes, we've gained technological advancement and other heights of civilizing wonders, but we lost focus along the way on how we still live down here, earthbound – utterly dependent upon our planet's great complexity of species and evolved ecosystems (at least until Musk gets enough of us to Mars) to survive.

Oceans are our greatest ecosystem. All life depends upon the health of our oceans, as they are a significant part of our global atmosphere. The sky doesn't begin at your feet unless you're standing on the bottom of the deepest ocean trench. And our oceans are already having significant climate change problems.

[We don't have space here to educate you how climate change is not local weather, or whether a couple degrees of seasonal variations wherever you live are significant – just accept little changes mean tragic consequences not immediately clear to you.]

However, where we can all witness immediate, tragic consequences is in our oceans. There any fool can view how much damage has been done and is accumulating by slight increases in temperatures the oceans have already absorbed and are holding. And will continue to absorb in the near term. Our climate has already changed enough to kill off all our coral reefs (an entire global ecosystem) in our lifetime.

This is not alarmism, it's simply observable, measurable and verifiable fact.

Over 30% of coral reefs around the world are already dead, most having died in just the past few years. The remaining coral reefs across all oceans are crashing fast. They are dying because the seawater around them continues warming far more significantly than air temperatures reported on our nightly news, or how local weather variations might feel to us.

[Only simpleton idiots use our weather changes as proxy arguments for or against anything other than a wardrobe change.]

This menacing damage and calamitous trend is likely irreversible without enough immediate actions that add up to significance at scale. Who's to blame doesn't matter – who cares – we must shift to solutions immediately, regardless if the problem is due to big-oil assholes or little asteroids.

Is it a solvable armageddon?

Perhaps... we're optimists with a bias to act. And our first challenge begins with a surmountable marketing problem: getting widespread adoption of already existing clean technologies into use.

Humanity already innovated the technologies, and we're not going to argue it's the only way to reverse, mitigate and help all ecosystems in our world adapt to warming trends and their devastating consequences on all life as we know it. If you want to keep innovating, please do and go ahead faster, please, much faster.

[Our definition of innovation is not about creating novelty and invention, it's about spreading results that outperform the status quo, whether by using new or old technologies and approaches.]


We know how to make helpful progress in time with available resources around us.

And that includes you.

We can all start by promoting what existing technologies and economics offer better clean climate impacts and are most likely to achieve widespread, significant levels of local adoption. And fast.

Cities are our best focus for achieving rapid clean climate adoptions that are replicable and significant to driving global impacts. And we know how to create speedy tipping points for innovation adoptions in cities at scale.

We also know and have experience writing policy improvements and getting them passed at state and local levels – our experience is it's always easier to change laws and rules based on examples already proven to work in the field, than it is by showing up with promises of best efforts from do-gooders still not off the dime.

[Yes, slow-moving national and regional policy activism to make changes are important – but don't hold your breath. Holding a sign and waiting for vested interests and incumbents to speed policy reform in time frames we need to achieve significant results is not plan A, or B, or...]

Our path for successful acceleration is using what works best on the ground, city by city – building momentum to go forward quickly to the finish line.

The what works now approach begins by activating local, city-based collaboration challenges to attract bellwether public–private and corporate–retail participants. Yes, we can all get on the highway of scaling change together once we get some early adopters on the ground showing everyone there's an onramp. Others will follow, believe it or not. They always do.

We know how to deliver those examples of clean climate city collaboration successes. And we know how to scale early successes to get many, many more participants into the widespread adoption game at accelerated rates. It's not all about the money... it's also about status – gaining big status, baby:

We're on a mission to get others to Go Big and Stay Home!

If we get cities going fast enough we can save coral reefs around the world. Oh, and a billion or so people who depend upon them for daily food, perhaps even for their cultures to survive.

That's scalable global impact. And that's Impact Metaworks...

Let's join together with our cities and start up collaborative engines for significant, global change. And please keep it simple... we do.


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