WELCOME TO THE
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.
Cooling our home planet is orders of magnitude easier today than would be after the next climate tipping point.
Climate temperature should no longer increase if we are to sustain the wellbeing of the generations to come.
A cooling economy ends the adverse consequences of the 'Midas Touch' by neutralizing the climate heating touch of capital in wealth creation.
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.
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)
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.
“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
Zero Degree Collaboratory
Syed Shariq, PhD
Neeraj Sonalker, PhD
Thomas George, PhD
Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory and Center for Design Research,
“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
INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC)
AR6 Synthesis Report Climate Change 2023: Summary for Policymakers and Longer Report > Read
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
The Very Brief History of Decentralized Blockchain Governance (2020) > Read
James Andreoni, Nikos Nikiforakis and Simon Siegenthaler
Predicting social tipping and norm change in controlled experiments (2021) > Read
Gas Guzzling Gaia, or: A Prehistory of Climate Change Denialism’ (2021) > Read
The Catachronism of Climate Change (2013) > Read
Karl Johan Aström and Richard M. Murray
Feedback Systems: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers (2008) > Read
Law, Innovation, and Collaboration in Networked Economy and Society (2017) > Read
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
Eugene C. CorderoI, Diana Centeno, Anne Marie Todd
The role of climate change education on individual lifetime carbon emissions’ (2020) > 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
How to Think About Catastrophe (2023) > Read
Mourning the Future (2011) > Read
Economy and the Future: A Crisis of Faith (2014) > Read
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Addressing the climate, environment, and biodiversity crises in and through girls’ education’ (2022) > Read
Gadgil, A., Tomich, T., Agrawal, A. et al.
The Great Intergenerational Robbery: A Call for Concerted Action Against Environmental Crises (2022) > Read
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
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.
Timothy M. Lenton and Bruno Latour
Gaia 2.0: Could humans add some level of self-awareness to Earth’s self-regulation? (2018) > Read
We Should Never Have Called It Earth (2017) > Read
Thomas W. Murphy Jr
Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet (2021) > 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
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
The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality (2020) > Read
Pragmatism as Problem Solving (2021) > Read
Eric Posner and Glen Weyl
‘Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society’ Chapter 1 (2018) > Read
Alvin E. Roth
The Natural Contract’ (1995) > Read
Jared Starr et. al
Income-based U.S. household carbon footprints (1990–2019) offer new insights on emissions inequality and climate finance (2023) > Read
Daniel Steela, Tyler DesRochesb and Kian Mintz-Wooc
Climate change and the threat to civilization (2022) > 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
Environmental Futures through Children’s Eyes: Slow Observational Participatory Videomaking and Multi-Sited Ethnography (2021) > Read
Lessons about activism from a Swedish high school student: A rhetorical analysis of Greta Thunberg’s public speeches on climate change (2019) > Read
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
United Nations Environment Programme
The Closing Window: The Emission Gap Report 2022 > Read