Great points Schalk.

It is commonly ignored in all financial calculations and political debate that how changing a single parameter can make so much of a difference.

Everyone talks about saving future generation, but no one (or few) actually understand the significance of the discount rate. In real world, it is not the emotions, but the discount rate that is the main decision parameter through which we assign importance to our future.

A simple, yet effective way of preserving future is often lost in financial spreadsheets.

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Excellent points Baird.

I completely agree that we are taught results and outputs of what others have already done. While this important, the most vital part of science education is developing a scientific mindset, which includes motivation, perseverance, patience, grit, etc. Learning how to get results in a scientific way is far more crucial than the results itself, at least when it comes to science education.

Glad to have read this blog post.

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"Do you really see Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi sitting at a table with advisors and scientists, debating seriously and with grave intent? When the cameras aren’t there do you think Scott Morrison and Joe Biden discuss how to phase out fossil fuels?"

The issue that none of these leaders have been elected to phase out the fossil fuels. As far as I know only Bernie Sanders strongly and clearly made climate change is the primary agenda of his campaign. Otherwise, most politicians, it is always growth and capitalism

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"Despite the noble aims of the summit, many attendees sparked outrage as they arrived in private jets." I wonder if someone has done any analysis of emissions saved by all COPs (attendees travel/stay) vs the emission savings resulted from these summits.

I agree that every effort counts, but it is like trying to fix Titanic hole with duct tape or emptying Titanic with spoons. But that is all we can do.

Good article. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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You mentioned quite relevant point. All the sustainable development discourse has been created and advocated mainly by a few in wealthy countries or their representatives everywhere else. It is like they define the problem and solutions on behalf of 99%.

The issue is that local action cannot take place without local thinking, but we want global thinking to cause local action.

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Sourabh Jain

Sourabh Jain

Postdoctoral scholar who applies systems thinking to model circular economy running on 100% renewable energy systems and zero waste.