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WELCOME TO THE
COOLING ECONOMY

Earth's atmosphere viewed by astronauts on the International Space Station on July 31, 2011.

TIME. TEMPERATURE. CAPITAL.

Climate change is a multigenerational challenge that necessitates a globally collaborative response. While the climate temperature continues to rise, the inequitable distribution of increasing global wealth continues to grow. Individually and collectively we must now engage in mitigating the climate impacts of our personal lifestyles and economic wealth creation behavior in a timely way. This path forward for humanity is to urgently accelerate the co-creation of a global cooling economy.

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 Time 

Cooling our home planet is orders of magnitude easier today than would be after the next climate tipping point.

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 Temperature 

Climate temperature should no longer increase if we are to sustain the wellbeing of the generations to come.

 Capital 

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A cooling economy ends the adverse consequences of the 'Midas Touch' by neutralizing the climate heating touch of capital in wealth creation.

INITIATIVE

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Imagine a day in our lives that adds zero increase to our home planet’s climate temperature. The Zero Degree Collaboratory is creating safe, innovative, entrepreneurial research and practice spaces. We are developing processes, methods and algorithms to create and track climate temperature reduction as the new economic asset. This new value creation will be the performance index of prosperity in the cooling economy.

 

 Making the inconceivable possible.

EVOLVING A

COOLING ECONOMY

IN A TIMELY WAY

Climate change offers humanity an 'once in an evolution' opportunity in the lifetimes of current and future generations to innovate and create our path forward for ensuring sustainability of life on our home planet.

The climate challenge situates humanity for the flourishing of its latent potential that can only evolve while attempting to respond to this challenge, as was evident in humanity's successful endeavor for visiting the moon.

The learnings from the agriculture, industrial and information revolutions has prepared humanity more than ever now to realize its next level of evolutionary potential in highly compressed time.

Humanity's transition to the cooling economy creates opportunities for unprecedented timely innovations for embodying ecological feedbacks at evolutionary scale to sustain life on earth.

“There is the potential of finding a new, cleaner, more efficient and more attractive form of growth, with better health and less pollution, in which case the apparent ‘costs of action’ may turn out to be negative. In this sense, for many parts of the story of transition we should think of action in terms of investment and innovation rather than cost. The successes in innovation in the past decade suggest this optimistic scenario may not only be a possibility, but perhaps a probability.”

Nicholas Stern and Joseph Stiglitz in "The Economics of Immense Risk, Urgent Action and Radical Change: Towards New Approaches to the Economics of Climate Change" (2022)

 

OVERVIEW

Since August 2018 school-aged youth have been the growing cohort of climate frontliners globally; they have already engaged in over 225 weekly climate strikes across the world and have inspired well over 18 million protestors to join them.

 

“The lifetime carbon dioxide emissions (or carbon budget) of the average young person today will need to be eight times less than that of their grandparents to restrict global warming to 1.5°C.

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Young people are agents of change, our future leaders, and most likely to succeed in improving planetary health.

Thus, making investments to improve their mental health and wellbeing will provide dividends now and in the future.”

Source: 'Climate anxiety in young people: a call to action', The Lancet, Vol 4(10), Sep 9 2020, E435-E436

Zero Degree Collaboratory community of scholar practitioners are engaged in prototyping of the cooling economy that regenerates the relationship between time, temperature, and capital. 

 

Together, we are developing algorithms for linking human bodily and socio-economic metabolic processes with climate temperature thermodynamically to generate essential direct feedbacks for scholar practitioners at the Zero Degree Labs and field sites so that they can innovate and measurably transition their Zero Degree time and capital allocations in the cooling economy.

The Zero Degree Collaboratory nurtures climate change frontliners by inviting them to innovate, prototype and share their cooling economy project findings at Zero Degree Labs.

We are currently inviting the next generation of climate frontliners who are currently high school students to form Zero Degree Laboratories at their high school to begin prototyping the cooling economy in collaboration with Zero Degree Platform.

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“Make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone.”
- Buckminster Fuller

 
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Zero Degree Collaboratory

Syed Shariq, PhD

Neeraj Sonalker, PhD

Thomas George, PhD

Melissa Vo

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Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory and Center for Design Research, 

Stanford University

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Ecosystem Organizing

Team and Fellows

Katie Roper

Hilary Asher

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Everett Program Alumnae

University of California,

Santa Cruz

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Ground Zero 

Initiative

Ming Wei Koh, PhD

Shawon Rahman, PhD

Gregory Paul

Scott Laaback

Carly Wyman

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Center for Getting Things Started and University of Hawaii at Hilo

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Research-Creation and Speculative Intercessing

Erik Bordeleau, PhD

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GCAS College

Global Center for Advanced Studies, Dublin


“Can we say that this is a community, or do we merely dwell together to make money from each other?”
- T.S. Eliot

 

CLIMATE SCIENCE & EDUCATION

Accelerating Systemic Global Transformation to a Cooler Economy in a Timely Way

HOTHOUSE EARTH

It is either a Hothouse Earth or a "Cool house" Earth that sustains human life

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INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC)

  • Sixth Assessment Report | Mitigation of Climate Change Summary for Policy Makers (2022) > Read

  • Emissions Gap Report | United Nations Environment Programme (2022) > Read

  • IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (2020) > Read

  • Understanding the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C (2018) > Read

ABOUT BEING A 'SCHOLAR PRACTITIONER'

  • Alexandra Beatty et al | Climate Change Education in Formal Settings, K-14 (2012) > Read

  • Istvan Danka | Practical Knowledge Versus Knowledge as Practice (2009) > Read

  • Dooley, L., Sheats, J., Hamilton, O., Chapman, D. and Karlin, B. | Climate Change and Youth Mental Health: Psychological Impacts, Resilience Resources, and Future Directions (2021) > Read

  • Maya K. Gislason, Angel M. Kennedy and Stephanie M. Witham | The Interplay between Social and Ecological Determinants of Mental Health for Children and Youth in the Climate Crisis (2021) > Read

  • Caroline Hickman, Elizabeth Marks, Panu Pihkala et al | Climate anxiety in children and young people and their beliefs about government responses to climate change: a global survey (2021) > Read

  • Tracy Kidder and Michael French | Mountains Beyond Mountains (Adapted for Young People) The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (2014) > Read

  • Gyu Mi Park and Ah Jeong Hong | “Not yet a doctor”: medical student learning experiences and development of professional identity (2022) > Read

  • Malala Fund | A greener, fairer future: Why leaders need to invest in climate and girls’ education (2021) > Read

  • Sally Neas, Ann Ward and Benjamin Bowman | Young people's climate activism: A review of the literature (2022) > Read

  • Giuliana Sorce | The “Greta Effect”: Networked Mobilization and Leader Identification Among Fridays for Future Protesters (2022)  > Read

  • Viktoria Spaiser, Nicole Nisbett and Cristina G. Stefan | “How dare you?”—The normative challenge posed by Fridays for Future (2022) > Read

  • Isabelle Stengers | An Ecology of Practices (2005) > Read

  • Blanche Verlie | Learning to Live with Climate Change (2021) > Read

  • Judy Wu, Gaelen Snell and Hasina Samji | Climate anxiety in young people: a call to action (2020) > Read

PERTINENT CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH AND GUIDING SCHOLARSHIP

Srinivas Aravamudan 

  • The Catachronism of Climate Change (2013) > Read

 

Karl Johan Aström and Richard M. Murray

  • Feedback Systems: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers (2008) > Read

 

Kelley Buhles 

  • Shared Gifting: Shifting Funding Power to Nonprofits (2017) > Read

Burke, K.D., Williams, J. W., Chandler, M.A. et al.  

  • Pliocene and Eocene provide best analogs for near-future climates (2018) > Read

Cheng, L., von Schuckmann, K., Abraham, J. et al.

  • Past and future ocean warming (2022) > Read

 

Justin W. Cook

  • Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education, Ed. (2019) > Read

Jugai Dai, Yiqiang Zhang and Victor Shi

  • An Economic Model of Human Cooperation Based on Indirect Reciprocity and Its Implication on Environmental Protection (2018) > Read

 

Jean-Pierre Dupuy

  • Mourning the Future (2011) > Read

  • Economy and the Future: A Crisis of Faith (2014) > Read

 

Gadgil, A., Tomich, T., Agrawal, A. et al.

  • The Great Intergenerational Robbery: A Call for Concerted Action Against Environmental Crises (2022) > Read

 

Daniel Hartley 

  • Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and the Problem of Culture (2016) > Read

 

Herr, A., Osaka, S., Stone, M.

  • The 7 climate tipping points that could change the world forever (2022) > Read

Werner Herzog  

  • On the Absolute, the Sublime, and Ecstatic Truth (2010) > Read

Ivanova, D., Barrett, J., Wiedenhofer, D. et al.

  • Quantifying the potential for climate change mitigation of consumption options (2020) > Read

 

Kemp, L., Xu, C., Depledge, et al.

  • Climate Endgame: Exploring catastrophic climate change scenarios (2022) > Read

 

Lemieux, A., Colby, G., Poulain, A., and Aris-Brosou, S

  • Viral spillover risk increases with climate change in High Arctic lake sediments (2022) > Read

 

Lenton, T., Rockstrom, J., Gaffney, O., et al.

  • Past and future ocean warming (2022) > Read

  • Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against (2019) > Read

Timothy M. Lenton and Bruno Latour

  • Gaia 2.0: Could humans add some level of self-awareness to Earth’s self-regulation? (2018) > Read

Kate Marvel

  • We Should Never Have Called It Earth (2017) > Read

 

Meinshausen, M., Nicholls, Z., Lewis, J. et al.  

  • The shared socio-economic pathway (SSP) greenhouse gas concentrations and their extensions to 2500 (2020) > Read

 

Elinor Ostrom

  • Beyond Markets and States: Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems (2009) > Read

  • Depleted Trust in the Cyber Commons, Roger Hurwitz (2012) > Read​​

Otto, I., Donges, J., Cremades, R., et al.

  • Social tipping dynamics for stabilizing Earth’s climate by 2050 (2019) > Read​​​

 

Katharina Pistor

  • The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality (2020) > Read

 

Eric Posner and Glen Weyl

  • ‘Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society’ Chapter 1 (2018) > Read

 

Alvin E. Roth

  • The Theory and Practice of Market Design (2012) > Read

  • Pairwise Kidney Exchange (2005) > Read

 

David Spratt and Ian Dunlop

  • What Lies Beneath: The Understatement of Existential Climate Risk (2018) > Read

Nicholas Stern and Joseph Stiglitz

  • The Economics of Immense Risk, Urgent Action and Radical Change: Towards New Approaches to the Economics of Climate Change (2022) > Read

Elena-Maria Vavilov

  • Lessons about activism from a Swedish high school student: A rhetorical analysis of Greta Thunberg’s public speeches on climate change (2019) > Read

 

Alexandra Witze

  • Climate change—four decades of missed opportunities (2022) > Read

Xu, C., Kohler, T., Lenton, T., Svenning, J., and Scheffer, M.

  • Future of the human climate niche (2019) > Read

 

Victor M. Yakovenko

  • Monetary economics from econophysics perspective (2016) > Read

 
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CONTACT

Greetings climate frontliners: student scholar practitioners, educators and impact investors. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate and learn more about you. Please introduce yourself.

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