There is one item of discussion I would like to recommend for Paris climate talks that will start in a few days: what shall we do if all our attempts to stop climate change fail?  A reasonable question, this.  As well as a reasonable item for discussion between representatives of all the countries on the planet.  Still, I wonder whether it will be discussed at all, let alone addressed in an appropriate way.  Thus this recommendation.

As far as I understand the situation that humanity faces at present, the only way out of the conundrum we are facing is disaster management.  Protracted disaster management, that is.  Chances are that this is the only response that faces many generations, perhaps as many as forty of them.  And the only way forward is to start with the underlying principles (for example, see my “Ten Principles of Disaster Management,” January 19, 2015, on the World Wide Web).

Sooner or later, disaster management may well become a way of life for the human species.  Mastering it as soon as possible is thus an important consideration at present.  Each country across the globe needs to institute the disaster-management effort at the lowest communal level—such as villages, small towns, or urban neighborhoods.  Underpinned by law, the sustained communal effort offers the best chances for survival.  Again, Paris climate talks need to usher it in the case all attempts to stop climate change fail.