We have “exactly one biosphere”. There isn’t another in all reality. Or, if there is, none of us will ever reach it.
It’s time to rethink 1biosphere.net (December 2021)
There is just one biosphere. We are part of it. There is no other; no “Planet B”. We are trapped here. Which is OK; we were either created or evolved to be here.
There is something else; that imaginary universe we humans have thought up for ourselves. “It” includes religions, nations, kings, mathematics, money, the economy, art and so forth. Others can describe this thing far better than me. To make it simple I just call it “Ⓒ”.
We humans link Ⓒ and the biosphere. We have a foot in each camp – more to the point; we have a body in one and an imagination in the other.
(So, in three paragraphs, I glibly dispose of thousands of years of philosophy plus all of neuroscience, astronomy, evolutionary science, non-human animal intelligence and so forth. Ah, well…)
We are so totally controlled by Ⓒ that we actually damage our biosphere; we damage ourselves. We have ideas of economic growth, national prestige and other imaginary things. And we turn them into physical realities – and so alter the biosphere.
A single human has no limit to their imagination; from writing a poem to building a dam, from drumming on a log to detonating a fusion powered bomb. A single human can believe whatever they will. However it is only through joint belief that we can realize the big things.
This is how my ideas arrived at “stories”. Stories shape belief and belief generates action. Actions change the biosphere. Big actions like an industrial revolution or chemical processes that feed billions. Small actions like personal consumption and waste.
My naive intent, when I started this website, was to generate more stories. “1bio” stories; to show the correctness of science. To emphasize personal and political action. To influence that action toward retaining a biosphere benevolent to humans.
Of course exactly those stories are flooding the world every day, with no help whatsoever from 1biosphere.net.
Here then is my rethink:
- We don’t need more stories.
- The scope of 1biosphere.net has to be reduced and focused
- I intend to look for a model of the type of stories that exist. (and will no doubt continue to be published)
- Possibly (?) use that model to influence a storyteller, or two.
The posts from December 2021 onward will reflect that emphasis. I leave the original introduction below as background only.
The countdown to the US midterm elections remains as important as before. (On the right. Or on bottom in mobile view)
You need to preserve the biosphere. Vote!
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 2020 FRONT PAGE:
The biosphere is in an Environmental Crisis and it’s hard to see how to get out of it. We know the causes and we know what needs to be done. We are overwhelmed with messages about what will happen and the need for urgent action.
But these messages echo inside our “bubble” of Environmental Organizations, activists and concerned individuals. I believe we need to get out of our bubble and create short, sharp, clear messages calling on the “silent majority”. Only then can we create the political and social environment where real changes can be made.
That’s what this site is about; CREATING STORIES and supporting the stories with solid FACT and ANALYSIS
- Stories – anything that communicates; anecdotes, slogans, symbols, pictures, sound bites, memes…
- Facts and Analysis – a chain linking the story back to underlying analysis, data and eventually basic scientific principles.
If you have a story please share it. If you are an artist, cartoonist, poet, songwriter, social media influencer – how can we tell the story of Environmental Healing and get it to the intended, broad audience? If you are a mathematician, scientist, game player, blockchain expert – how do we trace a path through the masses of information to separate our stories from the tangle of skewed and misleading information? THANK YOU for your input !
In the diagram below I call these messages 1bio stories. In addition to the blog links there are internal pages showing The Basic Story of 1bio, how The Idea developed and how 1bio could grow into the 1bio Organization. Also why don’t people pay attention to the threat of the Environmental Crisis? And a comparison of Money spent on environmental efforts compared to other things.
“Stories” for Environmental Healing,
with a clear, vivid, polarizing message and style*,
supported by a traceable chain of data and analysis
Currently most of the scientific and economic material is below the surface, invisible to most people (unless we read selected news outlets like the NYT, Guardian or Süddeutsche Zeitung). Public summaries and general media stories surface from time to time, but they typically lack the rigorous chain of support back to basic research.
*This point is repurposed from Newt Gingrich, US politician, quoted in New York Times, Dec 2020 :“We had been in the minority for 40 years and unless you had a clear, vivid, polarizing message and style, you were going to be in the minority for 40 more years,”