Green Minute Rule : Give 13,308 Peeps Another Year To Live.


Help delay the death of our biosphere by just one minute by living an eco logical lifestyle for the next 365 days -- and you will give the equivalent of another year to live to 13,308 people. Yay Earth Hero!!!

A few scientists are hinting that a 90% or more die off of all multi-cellular life on our biosphere by 2035 is possible - if we do not slow down climate change. Numerous scientists say if we do not greatly reduce fossil fuel consumption - it will be catastrophic for our biosphere and humankind by 2100. [:: Resources / Citations below ::]


Hello Earth Lover,

** In order to extend the life of this exquisite yet dying biosphere for at least one more precious, living, loving minute, I vow to live eco logically and compassionately every day, as much as possible, for the next 365 days.**

I am on my knees as I write this, proposing to you wherever you are, to join me in the above vow to help save our biosphere.

Because adding 1 minute to the lives of 7 billion people adds 13,308 human years to various people around the world. Because adding 1 minute to the lives of trillions of other lifeforms on Earth is the equivalent of saving full lifetimes of millions of those lifeforms!

So my goal is to live very ecologically and sustainably for a full year in order to add 1 minute to the life of the biosphere!

[I think it's going to be fun to celebrate my ecological successes a year from now! And, if all goes well, I hope to pledge again for the next 365 days too!]

There are certainly countless fun, loving, magnificent, deep and sweet experiences that humans and various lifeforms are having every single minute on our planet. That's why I know that living eco in order to add a minute to the life on our biosphere is worth the effort.

But our biosphere - rather regretfully - is probably kicking the bucket. However, every minute that you and I can delay its passing is a major gift.

By the way, some people and beings will get more than 1 minute added to their lives when you succeed at the green minute rule. Because, this 1 minute is a global statistical average of the time that you help give to the entire biosphere. So while some individuals will get less than one minute added to their lives because of your lifetime of ecological action, some will get several minutes, or hours, or months or maybe even years from that 13,308 years worth of minutes that you give back.

That means it is possible that someone you know will get several minutes, days, months or even years added to their lives - thanks to your eco actions. So look at your friends or a beloveds as you take those eco actions - and envision that your ecological actions in the next 365 days might be giving them more good times with this amazing thing called life.

Even so, your and my current human bodies will eventually fade away. But when alot of us live by the *Green Minute Rule*, we will extend the life of the biosphere enough that our atoms and molecules will get a chance to become part of other lifeforms and even part of humans not yet born. Therefore, imagine your particles getting a chance to become part of other lifeforms in the future, having a good time, because you and I and others are doing the right thing now for our exquisite blue green orb.

So does this *Green Minute Rule* - sound right for you? If yes, great!

Ok! Join me in saying it out loud!

** In order to extend the life of this exquisite yet dying biosphere for at least one more precious, living, loving minute, I vow to live eco logically and compassionately every day for the next 365 days -- as much as possible. And then, I will celebrate my ecological successes next year on this day! On that same day, I also hope take the Green Minute Rule pledge again - for the next 365 days! **

Now that you have made the vow, here is a short list of actions that we can take to achieve our goal::
burn little or no gasoline
eat a plant based diet - vegan or vegetarian
make your job a green job
live close to work
make your home eco efficient
turn the air conditioner way down little or off
turn the heater way down little or off
buy solar or wind energy for home and biz
burn little or no jet fuel
use alternative transportation
volunteer with eco organizations
donate to eco organizations and eco candidates
canvass and vote environmental
explore for more eco actions
make love, not babies
have fun in nature

So to my fellow Earth lovers who have promised to live by the *Green Minute Rule*, I say, yowzers, we have taken the plunge! Even though the future of our home planet is sketchy, let's have a really good time now that we have made our vows. Let's work, and play, and live with each other ecologically on this planet in ways that we each might add a minute to the life of its biosphere.

If you would like to call me to say the *Green Minute Rule* vow with me on the phone, I am totally for that. Call me, Stele, at 72O.34O.8O8O!

Now let's become the eco heroes we can be, everyday, for billions of other humans and critters that love to live.

Yours, Stele Ely
"I won't let what I can't do, keep me from what I can."


PS: I'll bet that that some of you are saying something like, Stele, "I am one of those eco-spunky-go-big-can-do kinda people, and I want to add 1 hour to the life of the biosphere, not just 1 minute." To those I say, "One hour times 7 billion people is 798,539.8 years that you give back to various people around the world! Plus, adding an hour saves the full lifetime of trillions of other beings. Living your life to extend the life of the biosphere by 1 hour is ultra eco grand!

Not that I think adding 1 hour to the lifetime of the biosphere is easy. Even though I am living by the Green Minute Rule, I vow to live mega eco and go for the full hour too!

Here is a short list of actions we can take to add some time to our Green Minute Rule::
quit your job to take an eco logical job
or, turn your job into a super eco logical job
show your profession how to turn it green
boycott over-packaged products - unless it is not possible
honor and reward others every day for their eco work
boycott single serving products - unless it is not possible
grow food for yourself and others
boycott single use products - unless it is not possible
carbon offset all (or nearly all) of your energy use
consider your Green Minute Rule in every decision
invite others to live by the Green Minute Rule
call on your Earth hero within to empower every action
put on tats, tags and style to rep Team Earth
like XOEarth Facebook
speak and promote eco logic everywhere, every day
get eco sexy

To add even more time to your Green Minute Rule, check out these superb organizations and their resources:
XOEarth's EcoFX*
Sierra Club
Environmental Defense
Earth Island
Sea Shepherd
Wilderness Society
World Wildlife Federation
Union of Concerned Scientists
Carbon Fund
Terra Pass
Native Energy
The Nature Conservancy


Resources ::

I, Stele Ely, am responsible for the statement above stating that a few scientists are hinting that a 90% or more die off of all multi-cellular life on our biosphere by 2035 is possible - if we do not slow down climate change.

My statement is based on:
+ It seems very probable to me, Stele Ely, that it would take an over 90% die off of multi-cellular life on our biosphere to result in human extinction. My very rough estimate for the timeline for this die off is based on the timelines for possible human extinction from, Guy McPherson's Climate Change Summary and Articles, plus, other assessments and articles, and the fact that humans need a biosphere to exist. I did NOT use scientific or statistical modeling for these two estimates.
+ articles written by Sam Carana, et al .
+ Over 24 non-dissenting scientists and other non-scientists who contribute to
+ Presentations by Guy McPherson and his Climate Change Summary.
+ Other more conservative reports that are listed below that have much slower climate change projections.
+ Various other climate change related articles with citations to scientific papers in reputable and mainstream press - such as CNN, NYT, New Yorker, New York Magazine, Grist and Washinton Post.
+ My own observations of the changes occurring in ecosystems and weather trends where I live in Boulder Colorado.

Large-scale assessments ::

United Nations Environment Programme (December 2010): up to 5 C by 2050

Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research (October 2009): 4 C by 2060

United Nations Environment Programme (mid 2009): 3.5 C by 2100

Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research (late 2008): ~2 C by 2100

Late in 2008, Hadley Center’s head of climate change predictions Dr. Vicky Pope calls for a worst-case outcome of more than 5 C by 2100. Joe Romm, writing for Grist, claims, "right now even Hadley [Centre] understands it [> 5 C] is better described as the 'business-as-usual' case."

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (late 2007): >1.8 C by 2100 (up to 4.5 C, depending upon emissions scenarios)

*** International Energy Agency (May 2014): Their current projection is up 4°C by the end of this century with business as usual.

Global Carbon Project, Copenhagen Diagnosis (November 2009): 6 C, 7 C by 2100

Individual and small scale assessments :: : Will humans be extinct by 2026? by Sam Carana, et al >>

Rapid climate change has happened before. / . [Look at the 5 C rise in global-average temperature 55 million years ago during a span of 13 years.]>> : The Science of Abrupt Climate Change: Should we be worried? / By Jeffrey Masters, Ph.D."...As seen in Figure 1, the ice core record showed frequent sudden warmings and coolings of 15°F (8°C) or more. Many of these changes happened in less than 10 years. In one case 11,600 years ago, when Earth emerged from the final phase of the most recent ice age (an event called the Younger Dryas), the Greenland ice core data showed that a 15°F (8°C) warming occurred in less than a decade, accompanied by a doubling of snow accumulation in 3 years. Most of this doubling occurred in a single year.">>

Global-warming Armageddon? It may be more likely than you thought by Colin Goldblatt Author of a paper published online in the 28 July 2013 issue of Nature Geoscience, "The runaway greenhouse may be much easier to initiate than previously thought."

CNN : On 6 degrees of climate change / by John Sutter, CNN senior writer Arctic News: by Sam Carana and contributors >>

Medium scale assessments and articles ::

National Academy of Sciences [NAS] : Abrupt Climate Change Inevitable Surprises by 29 scientists and/or writers >>

Climate change occurring ten times faster than at any time in past 65 million years / by Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment ...the researchers note that, with continued emissions of greenhouse gases at the high end of the scenarios, annual temperatures over North America, Europe and East Asia will increase 2-4 degrees C by 2046-2065. ... >> : The Potential For Huge Abrupt Temperature Rise by Sam Carana, et al >> Paul Beckwith: Abrupt Climate Change from Arctic to Antarctic: Facts, Opinions, and Analysis.>> National Snow and Ice Data Center: Advancing knowledge of Earth's frozen regions: Arctic Sea Ice >> Guy McPherson: For the science and names of the scientists that support the estimate of a major die off of multi-cellular life on our biosphere, check out Climate Change Summary and Update >>

Resources and articles ::

NASA: Goddard Institute for Space Studies: Surface Temperature Analysis Graphs

NASA: Climate change: How do we know? The scientific consensus in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report is that "Anthropogenic warming could lead to some effects that are abrupt or irreversible, depending upon the rate and magnitude of the climate change.">>

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The rate of climate change clearly has gone beyond linear, as indicated by the presence of myriad self-reinforcing feedback loops, and now threatens our species with extinction in the near term.

Guy McPherson says, "The rate of climate change clearly has gone beyond linear, as indicated by the presence of myriad self-reinforcing feedback loops, and now threatens our species with extinction in the near term."  

This presentation by Guy McPherson brings attention to recent forecasts and positive feedbacks. Sources of forecasts include the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Global Carbon Project, and the Copenhagen Diagnosis.

Guy McPherson also encourages individual and societal response to abrupt climate change - including authenticity, lives of excellence, the role and responsibility of our species to the world.

For the resources and science supporting his statements and conclusions by other scientists, go to Guy McPherson's *Climate Change Summary and Update*.

Guy McPherson's near term human extinction assessment may be wrong - and we will be slap happy if and when he is proven wrong. However, let's not continue to kill off massive swaths of our biosphere as we are doing.

It took Mother Nature 5 million years to sequester the amount of carbon and fossils fuels we burn in 1 year. It's very likely not good to force our blue orb to suck on our tail pipes.


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2 thoughts on “Green Minute Rule : Give 13,308 Peeps Another Year To Live.

  • SteleEly Post author

    Importantly, field experiment data suggest that believing in a favorable future can influence people’s behavior in the here and now. Working with the Democratic Governors Association, Rogers and colleagues sent out two variations of a fundraising email to more than 660,000 supporters. Recipients were less likely to open the email if the subject indicated that a Democrat had the lead in a closely contested race compared with a message that suggested he was trailing in a closely contested race. Of those who opened the email, people were less likely to click the donation link and were less likely to make a donation when the Democrat was portrayed as having the lead compared to when the Democrat was portrayed as being behind.

    “The most interesting aspect of this to me is how robust it is,” says Rogers. “This pattern of findings emerges for an unexpectedly diverse range of preferences, views, and beliefs – and it emerges across cultures. People biasedly believe that others will change in ways that align with their current preferences, views, and beliefs.”

  • SteleEly Post author

    *Our Aversion to Doom and Gloom Is Dooming Us* by John Atcheson
    excerpt: The optimists nearly always won this debate. For the record, I was—and am—a doom and gloomer. Actually, I like to think I'm a realist. I believe that understating the problems we face leads to understated—and inadequate responses. I also believe that people, when dealt with honestly, have responded magnificently, and will do so again, if and when called. Witness World War II, for example, when Churchill told the Brits, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat." In those words, he helped ignite one of the most noble and dedicated periods of unity and resistance in all the annals of human endeavor.

    Finally, I believe that the principles of risk management dictate that when the consequences of our actions —or our inactions—are pervasive, long lasting, irreversible and potentially devastating, we should assume worst-case outcomes. That's why people get health insurance; it’s why they purchase insurance for their homes; it’s why they get life insurance. No one assumes they’ll get sick, that their house will burn down, or that they’re about to die, but it makes sense to hedge against these events. It’s why we build in huge margins of safety when we design bridges or airplanes. You can’t undo an airplane crash, or reverse a bridge failure.

    And you can't restore a livable climate once it's been compromised. Not in anything other than geologic timeframes.

    Yet we routinely understate the threat that climate change poses, and reject attempts to characterize the full extent of the potential for catastrophe it poses. And it's killing us.