In the second part of a series of contributions, Friend Kees Nieuwerth is sharing a paper on the European Green Deal. The paper is a contribution to the Conference of European Churches’ Thematic Report on the topic.
Kees is a member of the Board of the European Ecumenical Peace Movement Church and Peace, which is a partner organization of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) based in Brussels. CEC brings together 114 churches from different traditions and across Europe “for dialogue, advocacy, and joint action.”
The shared paper was written by Kees as part of the CEC working group on Economic and Ecological Justice and a Sustainable Future, which he also moderates. The CEC working group is in the process of developing an critical analysis of the European Green Deal from the churches’ perspective. This paper is therefore a contribution from the author to this work in progress which –it is hoped- will result in an document for dialogue with the European institutions and the member churches of CEC entitled ‘From a Green Deal to a Green Economy – Inspired by Green Theology.’
The author is a member of Netherlands Yearly Meeting. Read his previous contribution to the Resource Hub here.
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From a Green New Deal to a Green Economy starts with where we are and decreases CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions a little. This is not enough to limit global warming to 1.5 Degrees C.
Might I suggest an article titled “From a Green New Deal and a Green Economy to Limiting Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees C.
The United Nations Environmental Programme Gap Report page XIII states “to get in line with the Paris Agreement, emissions must drop 7.6 per cent per year from 2020 to 2030 for the 1.5°C goal.”
We can find out the CO2 emissions of the “ideal average world citizen” taking the 36.8 billion metric tonnes of CO2 emitted by the world in 2019, dividing it among 7.6 billion people, expressing it as “pounds of CO2 per world citizen per day”, and decreasing those “pounds of CO2 per person per day” by 7.6% a year until in 2030 the “ideal average world citizen” is emitting just 12.3 pounds of CO2 per person per day as in the following spreadsheet.
If everyone in the world did that, is that enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C? Sadly no. To limit human caused global warming to 1.5 degrees C everyone in the world must not emit any greenhouse gases that they cannot sequester. Who sequesters the CO2 that they emit? The people of Bhutan claim to sequester all of the CO2 that they emit. 70% of the citizens of Bhutan live as subsistence farmers, and they emit 19 pounds of CO2 per person per day according to their United Nations INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions statement of greenhouse gas emissions – the greenhouse gases they intend to emit after 2020 according to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.)
Click to access Bhutan-INDC-20150930.pdf
The forests of Bhutan take up about 52 pounds of carbon dioxide per citizen of Bhutan per day. Thus the people of Bhutan do not contribute to global warming because their forests sequester their CO2 emissions.
Californians emitted 65 pounds of CO2 per Californian per day in 2018, and citizens of the United States emitted an average of 92 pounds of CO2 per American per day in 2018.
The United Nations Environmental Programme Gap Report page XIII projects the world will have emitted enough greenhouse gases to warm the earth 1.5 degrees C by 2030.
To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C and end global warming by 2030 it appears the world can have only hunter gatherers or subsistence farmers who sequester all of their CO2 emissions like the people of Bhutan or the farmers practicing regenerative farming like in the video Kiss the Ground.
The following Kiss the Ground website says that up to 10 tons of CO2 can be sequestered each year using soil regenerative practices
What must happen to the people who cannot live without emitting CO2 and greenhouse gases that they cannot sequester?
Would someone write an Edited Jefferson Bible with a Plan to Limit Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees C? This Edited Jefferson Bible would describe a (science based) Father or (science based) God defined as “that which set the laws of science n this universe.”
This (science based) Father would like us to care for Creation by not contributing to global warming and climate change. If we cannot live without emitting CO2 and greenhouse gases, then the world will suffer the (science based) Curses of Deuteronomy.
What are the (science based) Curses of Deuteronomy? They are the Curses in the Book of Deuteronomy which have explanations in the scientific literature.
Deuteronomy 28:23 says “And your skies above you will be [like] copper, and the earth below you [like] iron.”
(With Australia’s and California’s forest fires, the sky becomes dark like copper. With drought the earth becomes hard like iron. More severe forest fires and more severe droughts are predicted with continued CO2 emissions. After nuclear war with just 100 nuclear weapons, there will be many fires which will darken the sky like copper. So much sunlight will be blocked out that crops will fail and the lives of over 2 billion people threatened.
Click to access two-billion-at-risk.pdf
“The Lord will turn the rain of your land into powder and dust, raining down upon you from the heavens until you are destroyed.”
(The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research predicts that by 2060, California, most of the United States, Israel and the Mediterranean countries will be at risk for droughts as severe as the drought that preceded the Oklahoma Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. With continued world CO2 emissions the risk of even more severe droughts will increase. During the Oklahoma Dust Bowl the air was opaque with dust, and the dust fell like rain.)
59) Then the Lord [will bring upon] you and your offspring uniquely [horrible] plagues, terrible and unyielding plagues, and evil and unyielding sicknesses.
These include the Coronavirus.
What can prevent these (science based) Curses of Deuteonomy? People can follow the example of Jesus and lay down their lives for the sheep of Jesus. Who are the sheep of Jesus? For limiting global warmng to 1.5 degrees C, the sheep of Jesus are those that live as hunter gatherers according to “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.”
Jesus appears to be recommending we live as hunter gatherers who do not store their food where it can rot, and hunter gatherers who do not store up treasures which thieves might want to steal.
This is similar to Professor Jared Diamond who wrote that agriculture was “the worst mistake in the history of the human race.”
Should the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change be renamed the Intergovernmental Panel on the (science based) Curses of Deuteronomy?
Should governments around the world and the United Nations define a (science based) God as “that which established the laws of science in this universe”?
Then governments and the United Nations would want to do what they can to avoid the (science based) Curses of Deuteronomy and give each nation a population goal for the number of people that can live in each country without emitting CO2 that they cannot sequester.
International Criminal Courts would rule that “emitting CO2 and greenhouse gases that cannot be sequestered is contributing to global warming and climate change and the (science based) Curses of Deuteronomy and is a Crime Against Creation and a Crime Against Humanity.
Who would establish these International Criminal Courts that would separate the sheep who do not contribute to climate change from the goats that emit CO2 and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, climate change and the (science based) Curses of Deuteronomy?
Who would charge nuclear weapons makers with reckless endangerment for emitting CO2 and greenhouse gases making nuclear weapons when we do not have the CO2 or greenhouse gas emissions to make those nuclear weapons?