Hugh needed a plan, and he found just the thing - the Bending the Curve Initiative.* It’s a method that uses multiple state-of-the-art models and scenarios to find the best way to reverse biodiversity declines. “Whew! It’s not too late to steer this ark toward a more life-supporting direction,” Hugh cried with relief.
He called in his top three lieutenants. “Let’s tackle this problem with a three-pronged approach,” he began. “Ima, I want you to work in the area of increasing our CONSERVATION efforts. We’ve gotta protect the natural landscape and resources that we still have.” “Aye, aye Captain,” Ima Onnit saluted.
“Les, next let’s find innovative, more efficient means of PRODUCTION. For example, we need to grow more food on fewer acres. Energy-wise, we can’t continue to rely on carbon-based fossil fuels. Phase them out and transition to clean, renewable energy sources as quickly as possible,” instructed Hugh. “Got it!” Les Gitterdun grinned.
“And Leta,” Hugh continued. “You’re in charge of CONSUMPTION. We need to reduce food and energy waste. The ‘throw-away and buy-more’ mind set has gotten us into this pickle. Can you find ways to instill a better appreciation of every resource?” “I can Sir. Follow me!” Leta DuWhay nodded.
Ima, Les and Leta set to work crafting major policies designed to assist the ark in “bending the curve” to set it on a new course. But besides policies, each of the almost 8 billion individual units in the ark were instructed on how each of them could do its part. Less use of pesticides, harsh chemicals, plastics and Styrofoam, and more backyard natural areas, plant-centered diets, and high-efficiency lighting, appliances and vehicles.
The ark proved to be quite resilient, and before long it charted a more life-sustaining trajectory. Lost inventory slowly began re-populating the vessel. Hugh smiled with relief because this ark is the only one he’ll ever pilot. On it he’s forever… Earthbound.