😅 Are we shuffling deck chairs on the Hindenberg?
Big problems come with big opportunities, and climate change might be the biggest one. The most infuriating problem in climate change is inspiring collective action today, as individually we are naturally not inlcined to help until it directly affects us. We think that the highest lever for climate change is on the consumer front-end of products, things that people can see and use tangibly affect collective action and the very technology stack that produces them.
Working with nature is a nice thing to say but an incredibly hard thing to do. It's complex and changes all the time, and we much rather use industrial systems that are easy to scale, predict and sell. So the idea that our tools and cities are a part of natural systems has largely remained an idea.
That's changing though, and it's because the machines we use are perceiving and understanding more about the physical world. They aren't intelligent by any measure we would be comfortable using, but for the first time they are able to understand more about the physical environment and react to that. It's an old promise that's become feasible recently and we think it's greatest expression will be in how it allows us to integrate with nature at scale.
Flipping the switch
Agriculture, shelter and community are the primary drivers of climate change, but also the primary victims.
50% of habitable land has been converted into Agriculture causing a precipitous drop in the bio-diversity of the world globally; this unleashed de-stabilized eco-systems and increased the likelihood of pandemics on our population. We need cities that can grow their own food, and stop the encroachment on wild eco-systems, we need agriculture that does not rely on extreme external inputs in order to continue to operate.
Air conditioning alone contributes 30% of carbon emissions to the planet, the construction of shelter to hold that thermo-load brings that up to 40%, not to mention the transportation and other invisible systems required to keep a sky refrigerator running. The design, construction, culture and policy of shelter must fundamentally change to address our most central need and source of problems. It would be ironic that our desire to control our local temperature would cause us to dangerously unleash our global temperature.
Positive change is difficult, but when you are on the other side of it you wonder why you didn't do it sooner. We hope you'll join us in taking these broad strokes and investing in a better, more equitable and more natural society.