Yogis have, in the real world, demonstrated these energy enhancements that are correlated with powerful 'mystical' abilities to create changes in weather, clouds, photosynthesis, and solar radiation. Billions of people around the world are participating in daily meditations already, and by focusing on the climate priorities in meditation, anyone can become a Climate Yogi. The book Climate Yoga can help daily meditators, based on the Yoga tradition, to enhance their effectiveness for addressing the climate priorities—in a way that's systematic and synergistic with global protocols and goals—and for creating verifiable emission reductions.
The economics in Climate Yoga is limited, but it's an important frame of reference. For living in greater harmony with Mother Earth, there needs to be a big economic shift, revaluing approximately USD$100 trillion in fossil fuel reserves—as stranded assets. There needs to be a 'deflation' of this 'carbon bubble.' Market prices of products and services need to reflect the true cost, which includes CO2e GHG emissions. There's been a 60 year delay since the 1960s when we knew fossil fuel emissions and deforestation was becoming a crisis. This is why, for example, the Emissions Gap Report (2018), says that if prices were up to $100/tCO2e then GHGs could be reduced 33 GtCO2e/y in 2030. This type of fiscal policy could play a key role in creating strong incentives for low-carbon investments and reducing GHGs. Carbon pricing can reduce other taxes, and facilitate a shift towards a low-carbon society. Market mechanisms can be part of the solution, but it's very likely not enough.
Meditations informed by ancient, classic, and modern yoga practices and science are a potential large-scale negative emission technology for carbon dioxide reduction (CDR) that could remove approximately 2,000 – 7,000+ GtCO2e or $100 – $3,500 trillion worth of GHGs, from the atmosphere with advanced yogic meditations. The climate yogi rebalances the atmosphere in the microcosm of the heart and lungs and in the macrocosm at the regional and planetary scale. In the quantum, holographic, fractal relationship, the Earth is within the Heart. Climate Yoga is a type of geoengineering and climate intervention (CI) that can supersede an increasing trend of catastrophic emissions, storms, and industrial geoengineering in the next couple decades. Climate Yoga is based on the ancient, 10,000-year old Holocene Epoch meditation, based on Rigveda-yoga, where out of 'love for mankind', yogis are 'guardians of the seasons'. (Rigveda, 10.99.10).
The Six Limbs of Climate Yoga are based on the ancient tradition of practicing yoga in the morning and evening, with powerful energies sweeping around the world at sunrise and sunset. These climate-specific meditations cover six yoga traditions and six climate priorities:
(1) Monday: Rigveda yoga focused on cloud brightening practice for solar radiation management (SRM);
(2) Tuesday: Gita yoga focused on biosequestration for CO2 reduction (CDR);
(3) Wednesday: Raja yoga focused on detoxifying the ocean;
(4) Thursday: Shamanic yoga for calming superstorms;
(5) Friday: Tibetan dream and soma yoga for food production;
(6) Saturday: Integral Yoga for methane dissociation.
The Climate Yoga practice involves saying an intention, asanas, pranayama, and sitting in guided, focused samyama meditation. (Appendix I lists the most common elements for scientific meditation and yoga.) The purpose of specific, daily Climate Yoga practices is to comply with emerging geoengineering protocol requirements. This type of coordination will both enhance the effects of the intervention and also facilitate 'prior notice' of intentional interventions; for monitoring and verification to distinguish intentional changes from 'natural' weather; to disclose for research with open results; for independent assessment of impacts; and as part of a governance effort for optimizing CI and geoengineering deployment. Enhanced monitoring and reporting of actions and resulting emissions reductions is essential for the credibility of action. The current impacts of yogic and meditation-based actions are extremely limited and poorly documented.
Climate Intervention (CI) projects should have a daily register of participants or 'operators,' intentions, meditations, funding sources, area of effect, hours of operation, and duration of experiment. There should be links to independent and government sensor network data available and displayed in real-time. The goal is to create environmental and economic benefits for the public. (See Appendix I).
Visualize your synchronization with other yogis around the world. Visualize the healing, balancing, and revitalizing your energy at inner and outer personal, collective, and planetary levels. It's time to bring mindfulness and meditation to address Humanity's energy imbalances and Mother Earth's life-force imbalances. The Climate Yoga's Six Limbs covers six major yoga traditions and six top-tier climate meditation priorities. Climate Yogis should also make an initial commitment and explicitly declare support and dedication to the 2030 Climate (Paris) Agreement for 1.5°C, resilience, 45-80% emission reductions, the Citizen's Climate Pledge, and so on.
Climate Yoga’s guiding vision involves a synthesis of the traditional knowledge of ancient and classic era Yoga with modern and contemporary developments in yoga and science, to help the world meet the 2020-2030 Paris Agreement on climate change.
The purpose of the Paris Agreement is to restore stability: to (a) limit temperatures to 1.5°C, (b) adapt to adverse impacts and foster resilience and lower emissions and focus on food production; and (c) make finance flow to lower emissions and resilient development. (Art. 2). Parties must undertake and communicate ambitious efforts defined in Articles 4, 7, and 9-13:
The heart of the Paris Agreement is that Parties aim for peaking GHGs ASAP with rapid reductions thereafter, to balance sources and sinks by the 2050s, with equity, sustainable development, and the eradication of poverty. (Art. 4). The Parties’ goal is to enhance adaptive capacity, resilience, and sustainable development, and reducing vulnerability. (Art. 7). Developed Parties shall provide financial resources to developing countries for both mitigation and adaptation. (Art. 9). Parties’ long-term vision is technology development and transfer to improve resilience and reduce GHGs. (Art. 10). Parties’ capacity development enhances the least developed countries and those who are particularly vulnerable to climate change effects, such as small islands that need the deployment and access to finance, education, and training. (Art 11).
Parties shall cooperate to enhance climate education, training, public awareness, public participation, access to information with respect to enhancing actions under this Agreement (Art. 12). Parties build trust and confidence with effective implementation and enhanced transparency framework for action and support, with flexibility. (Art. 13). The Paris Agreement includes the promise for the mobilization of $100 billion per year in climate finance by 2020.
Climate Yoga could potentially be the most important climate project that deserves special attention and financing.
Climate Yoga needs to focus its energy and time on education, public participation, and skills training for reducing emissions (mitigation), adaption, and resilience. Climate Yoga skills (siddhis) include: (a) creating cloud-cooling effects in the Arctic and elsewhere to limit temperatures to 1.5°C; (b) enhanced biosequestration to reduce atmospheric GHGs back to 300 ppm; and (c) preventing extreme weather and producing predictable rains and resilient food production. It’s time to organize around and implement yoga wisdom that’s informed by the best available science. Evidence suggests huge possibilities and larger-scale studies and R&D are now in order.
Just as any climate project must be informed by the IPCC and the Paris Agreement, any yoga project must be informed by the official calls for action from the world's yoga Hindu leaders. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressed the United Nations, on the first International Day of Yoga (June 21st, 2015), about how 'Yoga is a Vision for a Harmonious Future for Humanity':
'… the great tradition of yoga helps individuals and societies to discover a sense of oneness with the self, with each other and nature. From the banks of the river Indus to every continent in the world yoga has spread harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. A yogi is a person who is in harmony—with herself, her body, with her surroundings, with nature. Yoga is the means to achieve that harmony.
'From the Upanishads, comes the idea of Yoga to transform human consciousness through control of body and senses through constant practice. The body is the vehicle for the realization of the Supreme Being. Yoga is excellence at work. People often think that yoga is just a set of exercises. Yoga is a philosophy of discipline and meditation that transforms the spirit and makes the individual a better person in thought, action, knowledge and devotion. It awakens the deeper sense of unity and oneness with the whole Universe and all living beings. In crafting a new self through Yoga, we create a new world.
'We are at a point in history, where global warming threatens the world as we know it. The world’s ecology is threatened by human greed and excess. Yoga shows the way to consumption that is healthy, balanced, and in tune with nature.
'Sri Aurobindo said 'Indian Yoga is potentially one of these dynamic elements of the future life of humanity. It is now emerging from the secret schools...' The spread of yoga, therefore, is the symbol of a changing world. In the past, yoga was the preserve of a select few saints. Today, it is available to all—in the words of Patanjali, a universal culture. It represents a world where people come together across boundaries, for causes and concerns that unite the planet. The closest parallel I can think of is the movement to protect the environment, to protect the world that we live in.’
Yoga is the practice of the Vedic ‘Knowledge’ tradition that is considered to be direct from Lord Shiva, Ishvara, and Brahama and passed down the generations. The Vedic tradition developed into or contributed to traditions of Jainism (5 million people), Baha'i (7m), Sikhism (20m), Buddhism (400-535m), and Hinduism (1.1b)—the third largest religious group in the world, after Islam (1.8b) and Christianity (2.4b). In the contemporary era in the US, nearly 40 million people practice yoga and about 5.5 million are Hindu, Buddhist, or followers of one of the other Vedic traditions. There's an ongoing development of Vedic philosophy and yogic practices. The climate crisis context demands greater clarification of Vedic philosophy and the development of pragmatic yoga practices.
Creating climate stability was the original yoga practice, described in the Rigveda hymns. The Vedas are essentially the ‘knowledge’ of our ancestors who did yoga practices such as mantras, yantras, soma, and meditation, to silence and purify mind so to be in a sacred alignment, harmony and reciprocity with Nature and Earth. Ancient yoga is about silencing the mind and connecting to Nature. Contemporary yoga needs to be about 'purifying the atmosphere' and creating negative emissions.
Climate goals increasingly depend on the deployment of negative energy technologies (NETs) and so we need evolutionary strategies in R&D and deployment of NETs. A bottom-up, systematic, reproducible, and transparent assessment of the different options for CDR is missing.
Best estimates for NET potentials in 2050 are up to 3.6 GtCO2/y for forestation, 2 for biochar, 4 for enhanced weathering, 5 for DACCS (direct carbon capture and storage), 5 for BECCS, and 5 for soil carbon sequestration (SCS). Most NETs except BECCS and DACCS are sink enhancements—with issues of storage saturation and reversibility. SCS and forestation are the only NETs that are available today for widespread implementation, cheap, effective, with strong co-benefits, and more permissible because they are localized. However, there are weak institutions in regions with SCS and forestation potential. Bioenergy and BECCS undermines food security, harms the poorest, and increases land competition. Costs and permanency vary widely.
The major period of new NET deployment is 2030 and 2050. However, there are long time periods involved in scaling up and deploying NETs, which is exacerbated by the thousands to millions of actors that potentially need to adopt these technologies. If deployment is to be hastened, public acceptance, incentives, and other issues need to be addressed. The major bottleneck of NETs is upscaling and technological diffusion. There's a disconnect between the requirements and the state of development in the real world. There's a real urgency for NET development. (See Minx et al.; Nemet et al., Fuss et al., Negative Emissions).
The hubris of NETs involves our ignorance of complex natural systems and misplaced confidence in the efficacy of technological solutions. Large-scale NETs—including Climate Yoga—are staggeringly huberistic. The loss of this gamble is future generation's survival. Humanity's survival and evolution depends upon our ability to manage and enhance carbon sinks and the carbon cycle flow.
Climate Yoga Priorities
SRM: Cloud albedo at Polar Ice Caps, Greenland, Permafrost areas, and for reglaciation of water-towers for billions.
CDR: 410 to 300 ppm by 2030 (0.004 to 0.003%).
Removing 1,000 GtCO2 from the atmosphere by 2030.
Increasing biosequestration 50-85 GtCO2/yr by 2030.
Reducing emissions: 36 to -8 GtCO2/yr by 2030.
Detoxify the Ocean, Food Resilience,
Preventing catastrophic super-storms, droughts, and floods.
Special Training Programs: Arctic CH4, etc.
Educate, Train, Network, and Create Climate Jobs
The vision for 2030 involves approximately 10,000 to 144,000 Climate Yoga meditators focused on targets, daily, at sunrise and sunset, and with verifiable MtCO2 to GtCO2 emission reductions.
The Climate Yogi's CI Logbook
Climate stability and the purification of the atmosphere and oceans is produced by yajna (ritual) and yajna is born of duties to daily morning and evening meditations.
For Climate Yogis, please follow Climate Intervention (CI) and Geoengineering protocols: keep your own logbook and records and also publish on the Climate Yoga website's Registry of Experimentation, your meditations and experiences, for open publication and disclosure of research.
1. Disclose: operator name, hours of operation, duration of experiment, your location, and any funding source. (Climate Yoga will work to compensate yogis for their recorded meditation time.)
2. Intention to modify weather or climate: Area(s) of focus/effect and goals include (the climate priorities):
(M) SRM: create cooling strato-cumulus clouds in the Arctic and increasing these clouds about 2-4% worldwide and wherever needed.
(T) CDR: increase your biophoton light projections; increase Earth's light and photosynthesis in a specific region: for forests, soils, phytoplankton, coral reefs, or the worldwide biosphere.
(W) Ocean Detox: neutralize seawater acidity.
(R) Calming Storms: prevent suffering or destruction.
(F) Food & Ariculture: protect and enhance the growth of agricultural fields and forests and harvests.
(S) Methane Dissociation: scrub methane from the atmosphere.
Om Vajra Sattwa Hung (Cleansing Earth's sphere of consciousness).
(S) Being Peace. align with your highest vibration and consciousness.
5. Describe your meditation and experience. Elements may include:
(a) Modern Yoga and Shamanism: relaxed, calm and silent mind, intention, clear goal on a specific climate priority, focus (using real time video, sensor data, and photos of your goal), concentration, belief that you can manifest change, visualizing the changes already happened; imagination, belief in your energy and power to manifest changes is being coordinated with thousands of other powerful yogis around the world, strong emotion of love and gratitude for the changes happening, clarity, harmony, and union with your object of focus. Visualize with great compassion and love; calm concentration; and focused on what is needed.
(b) Raja Yoga: (yamas) compassion, sincerity, fortitude, (niyama) clearness of mind, contentment, optimism, perseverance, generosity, humility, faith in self, focus to achieve goal(s), japa mantras, (tapas) purification and detoxification, (asana) sitting posture with chakras aligned, free from tension, (pranayama) slow, gentle breathing, (pratyahara) sense withdrawal, quieted and purified mind, (dharana) concentration on a place or object, merged into prakriti, (dhyana) steady and continuous flow of cognition with object on a specific external location, and (samadhi) absorption and union with object of meditation.
(c) Rigveda & Gita Yoga: (yajna) ritual, hymns to the Earth, Gayatri mantra, Mahamantra, AUM, (yidam) deity meditation and/or (deva-yajna) offerings to the gods, (sankirtana) chanting the names of God (Shiva, Krishna, etc), (prasadam) food offerings, (karma and seva) service, and/or (soma) psychedelic-entheogen ritual.
6. Monitoring: if possible, provide an environmental assessment with sensor network data, impacts, effectiveness, side effects, and distinguish effects from natural weather.
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