- Address the severity of our climate crisis from a systems sciences perspective
- Simultaneously address development of a realistic, workable program that our communities can use to not only mitigate, but prepare for adaptation to climate change
- Make clear both the necessity and the value of a systems view of life & Earth, especially geophysiology; i.e., humans need to become familiar with the concept of Gaia – a self-regulating planetary system that operates similar to their own physiology.
ECAP will employ components already offered at Euglena Academy – lectures, workshops, and courses (including the two reading seminars discussed here) – but can also be customized to meet specific needs for specific groups, such as:
- Architects & builders
- Climate activist organizations
- Food & agriculture organizations
- Health care professionals & organizations
- Alternative energy & energy conservation groups
- Educators, including high school, college & university
- Alternative transportation, esp bicycles & mass transit
- Land agencies: BLM, USFS, Corp of Engineers
- Policy makers: governors, representatives, mayors, city councils, county commissioners
The two courses beginning this month have been designed to explicitly explain why projections based on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and models significantly underestimate the true nature of climate change with regard to scale, speed and severity. The fact is that we are very likely already past the "tipping point" for large-scale changes, and thus physically unable to stop large-scale climate change with any mitigation effort. We may slow it, and should try, but we probably won't stop it. Groups attempting to address climate change without understanding this are missing crucial information, and their efforts will be far less effective as a result. In addition to mitigation efforts to slow it, we must begin active preparations for adaptation.