In just a few hundred years it multiplies so much, consumes so much resources and produces enough toxins to threaten your entire existence. Fortunately, your immune system has a terrible weapons that can kill, or at least decimate the parasite significantly – a global smash fever. Just a few million years of rest and heating, then you’ll be good to go again and can continue spinning.
The example may sound a bit exaggerated, but if we do not radically change our way of life our species will inevitably die in the greatest fever the universe has ever known. And that would be a bit annoying, I think. Especially because we in fact are smart enough to know what we need to do to fix the problem and become friends with the mother earth again. We need to stop burning fossil fuels. Period. Otherwise the mood will soon go really sour south of the North Pole. But you already knew that. Everyone knows that.
“If we can develop products from plants, trees and organic waste that can replace fossil fuels, we could reduce our environmental emissions while continuing to increase our standard of living”
“If we want to reach the 2-degree goal we can continue to live the way we do now for another thirty years, then everyone has to go down to zero emissions overnight”. So said Mikael Karlsson, former chairman of The Swe on the latest Paper Makers Night. The problem is that awfully few understand how that can be done. Because we still need to ride, eat, store, send, cultivate and do all the other things we use fossil raw materials for today. The only answer that does not mean we should stop doing everything except breathing is… a bio-economy.
But that answer doesn’t put many concrete ideas in people’s heads, because most people doesn’t know what a “bio-economy” is?
Yes, the EU’s elevator version says that “bio-economy is when we use biotechnology to develop our economy in a sustainable way”. So: if we can develop products from plants, trees and organic waste that can replace fossil fuels, we could reduce our environmental emissions while continuing to increase our standard of living. I know, it sounds like an impossible equation, but I do believe wholeheartedly that it is possible. For we are already using biorefining technology to make almost anything of trees and plants. And we are constantly learning new ways to create value from industrial side streams, making less and less resources go to waste.
DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGY
We have a long way to go before our society is completely carbon-free. And yes, getting there will require a lot of work and investments to develop the technologies and knowledge that step by step can bring us closer to a global ecology in balance. We all need to pull together to create new and sustainable innovations to reduce our energy consumption and emissions even more. And you can bet your life it will be worth it. Not only because it may be our only way to whether this fever, but because we will make a truckload of money in the process. The EU calculates that every penny invested in bio-economic research and development will yield ten times the money until the year 2025.
If we want to avoid the high fever, we need to increase the pace.
Believes Maria Hollander, CEO Paper Province