So I just registered the above domain on an impulse today.

The immediate reason for that was the new “Earthshot” initiative, where some famous people came up with 50 million English pounds to be awarded to good ideas.

Well, I have an idea. I have no idea if it is any good, but it is at least worth writing it down here.

I just read about Michael Mann on Twitter. He gave an interview in which he talked about what effect reducing emissions to zero would have on the climate. He explained that while previously it was the understanding that reducing to zero would not have much effect for decades, now experts seem to think that it would reduce temperatures much faster, like in a couple of years.

I did not know about that. And I am still not sure about that point. In my simple non-expert view, the only thing that matters is the CO2 concentration. If you stop emitting and keep taking CO2 out of the atmosphere (more than half of the emissions go into sinks right now), obviously that concentration should go down and go down immediately.

And to achieve stability, all you need is to reduce emissions to whatever amount is taken out by sinks.

I don’t know if that is correct, but I am pretty sure Mann knows more about these questions than me, since he has devoted his whole life to studying these issues.

In contrast, I am not sure if he knows how the climate emergency can be solved in a week or two, while I do know about that and have published that solution over and over here. Phaseout profit. Turn the fossil fuel industry around, from villains to heroes. Make them realize that they will make more money with less production. Make them buy the exact opposite policy from the Republican party, while keeping buying the exact same politicians.

I would predict that they don’t find it difficult to turn around their views to the exact opposite, if the payments keep on flowing.

I think he might be interested in a solution to this little problem. Unfortunately, I have no way to get my idea across to him. He is not in earshot of whatever I am saying on this blog.

Of course anybody, including Michael Mann, can read my blog. But that is not a sufficient condition for that to actually happen.

So what is that “earshot” idea about?

It is about someone like me with a crazy idea that may just work reaching someone like Mann, who is famous and could make it actually happen.

How would it work?

Let’s do a contrast to existing social media. In Twitter or some such environment, all I have to do is to get more followers than Trump and I could be pretty sure that I could reach Michael Mann. Twitter gives people who are already famous an easy way to reach other famous people.

The problem with that is that I am considerably less famous than Trump. Or Michael Mann.

So the “earshot” environment would try to get one message through to one person. I would not need to gain millions of followers before I can get heard by that person.

How could that possibly work? I have no idea.

I just have the problem. How can I get a message about a crazy idea read by one specific person I have in mind? How can I get that person into earshot of my opinion?

How would you do it?

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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