Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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How serious are new answers to climate change so that humanity won’t go extinct?

Solution? Mechanism Effectiveness Why Not
More nuclear energy Reducing human greenhouse gas 0% Takes decades to build
Nuclear fusion Reducing human greenhouse gas 0% Takes decades to centuries to make feasible
More wind, water, and solar energy Reducing human greenhouse gas 5% Rather, wealthy zones must cut consumption
Reducing consumerism (Capitalism) Reducing human greenhouse gas 0% Not enough activists to push the politicians
Electrical cars Reducing human greenhouse gas 1% Too expensive for the masses, not enough rare earth metals
Free public transportation Reducing human greenhouse gas 20% Not enough activists to push the politicians
Working from or close by home Reducing human greenhouse gas 10% Not enough activists to push the politicians
Buying and vacationing close to home Reducing human greenhouse gas 10% Not enough activists to push the politicians
Cutting industrial emissions Reducing human greenhouse gas 30% Not enough activists to push the politicians
Insulating homes Reducing human greenhouse gas 5% Must be gov-subsidized for the less wealthy
Slowing down birth rates Reducing human greenhouse gas 0% Takes decades. Best: eat vegan
Reducing methane from ruminants Reducing animal greenhouse gas 0% Sold as safe, leading to more meat eating
Artificial meat Reducing animal greenhouse gas 0% Just for the rich, maintains meat addiction
An international ban on meat production extension Reducing animal greenhouse gas, saving rainforests 20% Not enough activists to push the politicians to adopt this
Reforestation Reabsorbing greenhouse gas 0% Growing trees takes decades
Fastly growing plankton Reabsorbing carbon gas 0% But exhales worse: methane
Moondust umbrella Reducing incoming heat 0% Too rough, likely backfires (new ice age), too new (decades to implement)
Reclaiming sweet water from the sea Reducing thirst, drought, famine, deforestation 50% Yet, not fewer hurricanes, hot spells, floods
Dams, sluice gates Reducing flooding 1% Only for rich and small areas (the Mediterranean, Holland), not harbors, islands
TV only for activists and on medical prescription Critically enlarging the pool of climate activists 1% Not enough activists to push the politicians to adopt this
? Preserving the Poles’ ice and tundra’s frost 0% It might be too late to avert these disasters
? Rising ocean levels 0% It might be too late to avert these disasters
Fewer addictions Pollution of our bodies validates polluting Earth 0% Ending addiction takes much time
Save bio-diversity Conservationist mindset 0% Humans are harder to save if we let others species die
Teach science Beating lobbies’ lies, desperation 20% Too many lies around


Urgency makes people freeze or frantic. Reassurance makes us passive.

You can’t fight for long-term survival facing death now (hunger, war).

Dictators are not interested. Politicians in democracies only battle short-term problems. Big Money corrupts politics. Religions, democracies, and lies keep the masses passive. We lack enough activists to push politicians.

If you’re not part of the solution soon, you’re part of the problem.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is (partly) generated by AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * If you don't know the Dutch, get an American peek behind the scenes here: * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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