Whatsapp Discussion Group
Green taboo is a sustainability solution and action focused discussion group.
We will call out and make alternative suggestions to proposed world saving solutions that do not obey the laws of physics.
We acknowledge that business as usual and continuous growth on a finite planet is impossible.
Our goal is to find an equitable pathway to sustainable global personal fulfilment.
- fair and impartial.
- valid in equity as distinct from law.
- able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
- conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
- able to be upheld or defended.
- the achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted.
- satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s potential.
- the meeting of a requirement, condition, or need.
What are the forbidden discussion topics in climate change and sustainability?
Why are they taboo subjects?
- Geoengineering: This refers to large-scale interventions in the Earth’s systems to counteract climate change, such as artificially cooling the planet or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Some argue that these approaches could have unintended consequences and should not be relied upon as a solution.
- Overpopulation: While the impact of human population growth on the environment is well established, it is not always a popular topic of discussion due to its sensitive nature.
- Consumption-based emissions: Many countries report their emissions based on what is produced within their borders, but consumption-based accounting takes into account emissions associated with goods and services that are imported from other countries. This approach can reveal the true carbon footprint of a nation, but it may not be popular among certain stakeholders.
- Nuclear power: While nuclear power is a low-carbon energy source, it has drawbacks such as the risk of accidents and the long-term storage of radioactive waste. This makes it a controversial topic in the context of climate change.
- Carbon taxes: While carbon taxes are viewed by many as an effective way to reduce emissions, they can be unpopular with some segments of the population who may be affected by the increased costs.
- Electric vehicles: While electric vehicles are seen by many as a solution to reduce emissions from transportation, they still face challenges such as high costs and limited charging infrastructure. This can make them an unpopular topic of discussion for some.
- Land use change: Land use change, such as deforestation, can contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. However, it may not be a popular topic of discussion due to competing interests such as economic development and agricultural production.
- Climate migration: Climate change is expected to drive migration as people are forced to relocate due to extreme weather events, sea level rise, or other climate impacts. However, this can be a difficult and sensitive topic to discuss, particularly in the context of immigration policies.
- Greenwashing: Greenwashing refers to the practice of making false or misleading claims about the environmental benefits of a product, service, or organization. While it is important to hold companies accountable for their environmental impact, discussions about greenwashing may not always be popular.
- Environmental justice: Climate change disproportionately affects marginalized communities, such as low-income neighbourhoods and indigenous populations. Discussions about the unequal distribution of climate impacts and the need for equitable solutions can be controversial and uncomfortable for some.
- Just transition: The concept of a just transition involves ensuring that the transition to a low-carbon economy does not leave behind workers and communities that rely on fossil fuels. This can involve supporting retraining and new job opportunities, but it may not always be a popular topic of discussion with certain stakeholders.
- Carbon capture and storage: Carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants or other industrial sources and storing them underground or in other long-term storage facilities. While CCS has the potential to reduce emissions, it can be controversial due to concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the technology.
- Meat consumption: The production of meat and other animal products is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Discussions about reducing meat consumption or shifting towards plant-based diets can be uncomfortable for some people.
- Climate engineering: Climate engineering involves deliberate interventions in the Earth’s climate system to counteract the effects of climate change. This can include approaches such as reflecting sunlight back into space or fertilizing the oceans to increase the uptake of carbon dioxide. While these approaches could potentially help address climate change, they are highly controversial and not widely accepted as a solution.
- Renewable energy subsidies: Many countries provide subsidies to support the development of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. However, these subsidies can be unpopular with some stakeholders who argue that they distort the market and create unfair advantages for certain industries.
- Circular economy: The concept of a circular economy involves designing products and systems that minimize waste and maximize the reuse and recycling of resources. While this approach could potentially help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it can be a challenging topic to discuss due to the complex and interconnected nature of the economy.
- Aviation and shipping emissions: The aviation and shipping industries are significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions, but discussions about reducing these emissions can be difficult due to the economic and logistical challenges involved.
- Environmental regulations: While regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment are necessary, they can be unpopular with certain industries and stakeholders who may argue that they hinder economic growth or competitiveness.
- Climate adaptation: Adaptation involves preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise or increased frequency of extreme weather events. While adaptation is increasingly recognized as an important aspect of addressing climate change, it may not always receive as much attention or funding as mitigation efforts.
- Green bonds: Green bonds are a type of financial instrument that fund environmentally beneficial projects such as renewable energy or energy efficiency improvements. While green bonds are gaining popularity, discussions about their effectiveness and potential risks may not always be a popular topic.
- Methane emissions: Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is emitted by sources such as livestock, landfills, and natural gas production. Discussions about reducing methane emissions can be challenging due to the complexity of the sources and the potential economic impacts on certain industries.
- Carbon offsets: Carbon offsets involve funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to offset emissions from other sources. While carbon offsets can be a way for individuals and organizations to take action on climate change, discussions about their effectiveness and potential risks may not always be a popular topic.
- Public transportation: Public transportation can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, but discussions about funding and expanding public transportation systems can be contentious and may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Climate finance: Climate finance refers to funding and investment that support the transition to a low-carbon economy and help countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. While climate finance is a critical aspect of addressing climate change, discussions about the allocation of funds and the effectiveness of different approaches may not always receive as much attention as they deserve.
- Corporate responsibility: Companies have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions and the environment, but discussions about corporate responsibility and accountability can be challenging, particularly in industries with high emissions and strong political influence.
- Plastic pollution: Plastic pollution is a significant environmental issue that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and other negative impacts. Discussions about reducing plastic consumption and improving recycling infrastructure may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Environmental racism: Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards and pollution on marginalized communities, particularly communities of color. While this issue is increasingly recognized as a critical aspect of climate justice, discussions about the root causes and potential solutions can be difficult and uncomfortable.
- Degrowth: The concept of degrowth challenges the assumption that economic growth is always desirable and sustainable, and proposes alternative models that prioritize well-being and ecological sustainability. While this approach has gained traction in some circles, discussions about the feasibility and implications of degrowth can be controversial.
- Water scarcity: Climate change is expected to exacerbate water scarcity in many regions, leading to conflicts and other negative impacts. Discussions about water management and conservation may not always receive as much attention as other climate-related issues.
- Ecological restoration: Ecological restoration involves restoring degraded ecosystems and habitats, which can help mitigate the impacts of climate change and protect biodiversity. While restoration is increasingly recognized as an important aspect of addressing climate change, discussions about the cost and feasibility of large-scale restoration projects may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Climate refugees: Climate refugees are people who are forced to migrate due to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels, droughts, or extreme weather events. Discussions about the rights and needs of climate refugees can be challenging, particularly in the context of immigration policies.
- Green urban planning: Green urban planning involves designing cities and urban areas in a way that prioritizes sustainability, such as through green spaces, public transportation, and energy-efficient buildings. While this approach can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life, discussions about the cost and feasibility of implementing green urban planning may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Ecotourism: Ecotourism involves tourism that is designed to minimize negative impacts on the environment and support conservation efforts. While ecotourism has the potential to promote sustainable development, discussions about the potential risks and challenges of ecotourism may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Environmental education: Environmental education involves educating individuals and communities about the importance of sustainability and the impacts of climate change. While education is a critical aspect of addressing climate change, discussions about the most effective approaches and the potential challenges of implementing environmental education may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Climate litigation: Climate litigation involves legal actions that seek to hold governments or corporations accountable for their role in contributing to climate change or failing to take action to address it. While climate litigation has gained traction in recent years, discussions about the potential risks and challenges of litigation may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Sustainable fashion: Sustainable fashion involves designing and producing clothing in a way that minimizes negative impacts on the environment and supports social responsibility. While sustainable fashion has gained popularity in recent years, discussions about the cost and feasibility of scaling up sustainable fashion may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Carbon footprinting: Carbon footprinting involves measuring and tracking the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a particular product, service, or organization. While carbon footprinting can help identify areas for emissions reduction, discussions about the accuracy and effectiveness of carbon footprinting may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Climate-induced conflict: Climate change is expected to increase the likelihood of conflicts over resources such as water and food, particularly in regions with existing political and economic tensions. Discussions about the potential for climate-induced conflict and the need for conflict resolution and prevention may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Geo-political implications: Climate change has the potential to shift power dynamics and influence international relations in significant ways. Discussions about the geo-political implications of climate change may not always receive as much attention as other topics, but they are important for understanding the broader implications of climate change.
- Environmental activism: Environmental activism involves grassroots efforts to raise awareness and advocate for action on climate change and other environmental issues. While activism has played a critical role in raising awareness and driving policy change, discussions about the effectiveness and potential risks of activism may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Carbon trading: Carbon trading involves creating a market for carbon credits that can be bought and sold by companies to offset their emissions. While carbon trading can be a way to incentivize emissions reduction, discussions about the potential risks and challenges of carbon trading may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Ecosystem services: Ecosystem services refer to the benefits that ecosystems provide to humans, such as clean water, air, and soil. Discussions about the value of ecosystem services and the need to protect them may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Bioenergy: Bioenergy involves using organic matter such as plants or agricultural waste to produce energy. While bioenergy has the potential to be a low-carbon energy source, discussions about the potential environmental impacts and land use implications of bioenergy may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Green building: Green building involves designing and constructing buildings in a way that maximizes energy efficiency and minimizes negative impacts on the environment. While green building has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development, discussions about the cost and feasibility of implementing green building practices may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Marine conservation: Marine conservation involves protecting and restoring ocean ecosystems and biodiversity. While marine conservation is critical for addressing climate change and ensuring the long-term health of the planet, discussions about the challenges and potential solutions to marine conservation may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Social sustainability: Social sustainability involves promoting equitable and inclusive development that meets the needs of all members of society. While social sustainability is a critical aspect of sustainable development, discussions about the challenges and potential solutions to social sustainability may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Forest conservation: Forest conservation involves protecting and restoring forest ecosystems and biodiversity. While forest conservation is critical for addressing climate change and ensuring the long-term health of the planet, discussions about the challenges and potential solutions to forest conservation may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Green entrepreneurship: Green entrepreneurship involves creating businesses that prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility. While green entrepreneurship has the potential to promote sustainable development and create economic opportunities, discussions about the challenges and potential benefits of green entrepreneurship may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Decentralized energy systems: Decentralized energy systems involve producing and distributing energy at the local level, rather than relying on centralized power plants and transmission lines. While decentralized energy systems can be more resilient and efficient, discussions about the challenges and potential solutions to implementing decentralized energy systems may not always receive as much attention as other topics.
- Environmental psychology: Environmental psychology involves studying the relationship between humans and the environment, and the psychological factors that influence behaviour related to sustainability. While environmental psychology has the potential to inform effective strategies for promoting sustainable behaviour, discussions about the implications and potential challenges of environmental psychology may not always receive as much attention as other topics.