from the Apollo-Gaia Project
Beyond the Tipping Point:
and the onset of Runaway Climate Change
David Wasdell delivered this copiously illustrated
presentation on the 29th June 2008 to the Strategy-Planning workshop
of the Tällberg Forum in the heart of Sweden. It was subsequently recorded in studio conditions and beautifully
produced by the staff team of the Tällberg Foundation who also added an
introduction by their Chairman, Bo Ekman.
After a basic introduction to climate dynamics, David Wasdell analyses the powerful
feedback system, which is accelerating climate change. It is argued that we have already passed the
tipping point that marks the onset of runaway climate change, and are fast
approaching the critical threshold beyond which the behaviour becomes
unstoppable. The presentation concludes
with an outline of the global strategy now urgently required to re-stabilise
the life-support system of Planet Earth.
A Churchillian Call to Action by David Wasdell
This stirring call to action came at the end of a presentation on climate change delivered on the 16th November
2007 in Westminster Central Hall in London, at a conference sponsored by the World Future Council and Be The Change. David was introduced to the audience by Lawrence Bloom.
The content of the original presentation has already been well covered by the Tällberg video,
"Beyond the Tipping Point: Feedback Dynamics
and the onset of Runaway Climate Change" [see above].
From the President's Room
Recorded for Estonian Television in November 2007, this "fire-side chat" style interview, took place in the panelled
President's room of London's Westminster Central Hall.
David Wasdell gives an introduction to feedback dynamics in climate change. He then explains the process by which the IPCC reports are generated,
outlining what is included and what is not, and makes a plea for climate science to be updated in real time. The interview concludes with sections dealing with the implications of systems thinking for policy-making,
strategies for climate stabilisation, and the concept of a tipping point in the whole earth system which can overwhelm all efforts
to stabilise the climate.
The interview was recorded at a conference organised by Be The Change and the World Future Council.