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Solving the Problems

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Solving the Problems

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

In this section of the website, we focus on thinking differently. This is because generations of solving problems that led to our current comfortable lifestyle, fooled us into thinking we could tech our way out of anything. We knew decades ago  that cheap energy would destroy the climate—and us with it, but we fooled ourselves into assuming future generations would magically fix the problems.

Well, the future is here. We’ve triggered a mass extinction event and changed the the chemistry of the oceans and atmosphere. While technology will help reduce the speed of that change, we can’t solve the problems by using the same thinking that got us here. So let’s begin by not ignoring an unavoidable scientific fact:

Earth provided us with a complex interlinked life support system where natural ecosystems played a pivotal role in regulating the climate.

And it came free of charge.

No amount of tech or money is going to build a planet-wide, cost-effective, artificial life support system that replaces the efficiency of natural ecosystems, much of which we don’t fully understand or worse, reject as economically under-performing compared to, say, intensive dairy farming. Continuing to plan our futures based on that sloppy logic will result in a very poor outcome for a species that prides itself on solving problems.

So let’s think differently: protect what remains of this life-support system, fix what we broke, and replace as much as possible. We know this will work because our life-support system worked perfectly well before we broke it.

Many pages in this section are still under construction. More will be added as further information comes to hand. Every action to reinstate ecosystems, no matter how big or small, counts. If you would like to share your project or contribute information to this website, we’d love to hear from you: manager@braid.org.nz

In this section of the website, we focus on thinking differently. This is because generations of solving problems that led to our current comfortable lifestyle, fooled us into thinking we could tech our way out of anything. We knew decades ago that cheap energy would destroy the climate—and us with it, but we fooled ourselves into assuming future generations would magically fix the problems.

Well, the future is here. We’ve triggered a mass extinction event and changed the the chemistry of the oceans and atmosphere. While technology will help reduce the speed of that change, we can’t solve the problems by using the same thinking that got us here. So let’s begin by not ignoring an unavoidable scientific fact:

Earth provided us with a complex interlinked life support system where natural ecosystems played a pivotal role in regulating the climate.

And it came free of charge.

No amount of tech or money is going to build a planet-wide, cost-effective, artificial life support system that replaces the efficiency of natural ecosystems, much of which we don’t fully understand or worse, reject as economically under-performing compared to, say, intensive dairy farming. Continuing to plan our futures based on that sloppy logic will result in a very poor outcome for a species that prides itself on solving problems.

So let’s think differently: protect what remains of this life-support system, fix what we broke, and replace as much as possible. We know this will work because our life-support system worked perfectly well before we broke it.

Many pages in this section are still under construction. More will be added as further information comes to hand. Every action to reinstate ecosystems, no matter how big or small, counts. If you would like to share your project or contribute information to this website, we’d love to hear from you: manager@braid.org.nz

Ecosystems

Most pages are still under construction. This section will feature information and resource for those considering restoring or investing in native restoration projects, and why these reduce your risks (including risks you will not longer be able to insure against) to the impact of climate change.

Our Places

Showcases who, what, where, and how this is being done. Currently only a few are featured, but we’ll be continuously adding more. Each page includes information and links to local resources and how-to guides.

Explainers

Future generations would magically fix the problem

Scenarios that the IPCC have used to assess how much more carbon we can emit in order to prevent catastrophic warming, are based on dangerous assumptions that ‘spontaneous technological change’ would rapidly be developed and deployed to fix a range of problems. These assumptions continue to persist in 2021. Carbon capture and storage, that is, engineering a way to draw carbon from the atmosphere and store it permanently underground (negative emissions, i.e. what nature already does) or recycling it (offsetting existing emissions) does exist. However, the scale at which they can be deployed, the energy it takes to make and operate them, and aspects such as fast growing non-native trees to be burned for carbon to be stored, can and does so at the cost of protecting and restoring natural ecosystems. For example, there will be a cost to native ecosystems if olivine is mined from Red Hills near Nelson, to enhance CO2 sequestration. Moreover, some companies are promoting this technology as a fuel alternative, that is, it can be burned and returned to the atmosphere. That’s not fixing the problem of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It’s recycling the problem to the next generation.