E Pluribus University broadly places the problems we tackle under 3 categories; Environment, humanitarian and advancement. However, global challenges are interlinked and should be dealt with as so.

The first project of Pluribus is a problem falling within the humanitarian category; homelessness. ThriveLA is the project we launched to tackle this problem, addressing the core reason for the issue – land and homes are unaffordable. Often times, and admirably so, organizations working to alleviate the homelessness crisis focus on traditional style housing and utilize state or city funding to reduce the cost to those on low or zero income. However, this is simply subsidizing already unaffordable housing and is therefore unsustainable. By building smaller and smarter on inexpensive land that does exist even right here in LA County, we tackle the root cause of the issue and therefore provide a sustainable solution rather than just masking the problem.

In addition to this, most organizations are fixated on the main problem at hand, in this case homelessness, and their solution to the challenge is focussed only on that particular problem. By considering our world challenges in a more joined up manner we begin to generate solutions that tackle more than one critical challenge of our times. For example, if we are building affordable housing to tackle the homelessness issue we should also, from the outset, be incorporating clean energy and waste reduction into the solution. Thinking outside of the box now we have a level of technological and scientific advancement that has elevated our options above the harmful use of fossil fuels and old waste management systems.

ThriveLA does incorporate this in its core model. Although rooted in the humanitarian category of the E Pluribus University problem solving format, the ThriveLA solution in fact spans all 3 categories. We truly practice what we preach at Pluribus . We have housed our ThriveLA project within The LA Clean Tech incubator where advancement in clean energy and technology is teaming with tangible innovation. By working alongside such inspiration we can harness new innovation for the betterment of humanity.

But why should we care about climate change and why should we be interweaving it into our bold solutions to other problems?

Global warming is happening now and is already having significant and harmful effects on our communities, our health, and our climate. The planet’s temperature is rising. The trend is clear and unmistakable. Sea level rise is accelerating. The number of large wildfires is growing. Dangerous heat waves are becoming more common. Extreme storm events are increasing in many areas. More severe droughts are occurring in others.

Every one of the past 40 years has been warmer than the 20th century average. 2016 was the hottest year on record. The 12 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998. Globally, the average surface temperature has increased more than one degree Fahrenheit since the late 1800s. Most of that increase has occurred over just the past three decades.

 

We are the cause. We are overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide, which traps heat and steadily drives up the planet’s temperature. Where does all this carbon come from? The fossil fuels we burn for energy—coal, natural gas, and oil—plus the loss of forests due to deforestation, especially in the tropics.

The scientific evidence is clear. Within the scientific community, there is no debate. An overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that global warming is happening and that human activity is the primary cause.

We must take immediate action to address global warming or these consequences will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly, and increasingly affect the entire planet—including you, your community, and your family. The good news is that we have the practical solutions at hand to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions, slow the pace of global warming, and pass on a healthier, safer world to future generations.

California is a global leader in climate action, California has the nation’s most comprehensive, economy-wide global warming pollution reduction program. However, we must further reduce the heat-trapping emissions we are putting into the atmosphere. As individuals, we can help by taking action to reduce our personal carbon emissions. But to fully address the threat of global warming, we must demand action from our elected leaders.

Let’s work together to address this mammoth issue. The first step is to be well informed and we will be adding further information into the knowledge institute here at Pluribus over the coming weeks. Please share your thoughts with us to add to this open dialogue. Once we have your input we will progress our conversation into the collaboration and problem-solving institutes. With your intellect and enthusiasm we can take tangible action.

By Pluribus Executive Director – Faye Livesey