Ancora Imparo

6 March 2008

Mind Map: Solving Global Warming

I came across this neat mind map with a cool way of visualizing various strategies to combat global warming:

Mind map for solving global warming
Source: Live the Solution. See full-size version.

This mind map was created by Sharon Genovese, founder of an anti–global warming group called “Live the Solution”. The mind map, as well as several others, are featured in her free e-book Global Warming: A Mind Mapper’s Guide to the Science and Solutions (PDF, 5 MB / 103 pages).

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4 Comments

  1. It’s so sad there’s so many things we could be doing to save the planet that we aren’t.

    The only problem with that graph is that it seems to be giving equal weight to a bunch of different fixes, even though some fixes are many orders of magnitude more efficacious than others. For instance, the “Your Vote Counts” segment in the upper left would be more important than everything else on the graph combined, if the politicians we’re talking about voting here are going to implement a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system.

    The little individual things you and I can do do matter a little bit, but to actually save the planet, we need strict policies against CO2 emissions on national scales.

    Comment by cydeweys — 7 March 2008 @ 23:47 UTC

  2. I like the map! I need to start going to the Farmer’s Market downtown, it is so close to where I work.

    Comment by Nica — 10 March 2008 @ 17:28 UTC

  3. Hello Darmok!

    This mindmap and the others in the PDF are excellent. I will link to your post and say more about this later this week. I must make time to write about the different maps, as I was so excited to see them!

    In response to cydeweys’ comment, I’d say your observation is fair if you consider a mind map as a way of prioritising actions. We do need a framework of international agreements, as well as national goals and sector targets for emissions, as well as a way to prioritise actions.

    However, I think of mind maps as a picture of a brainstorming session where possibilities are mapped out. Once the possibilities are illustrated, then the discussions of alternative approaches and prioritisation can begin.

    Visual-spatial thinkers are naturally more at home with mind maps, where a representation of the full picture is easily assimilated or appreciated.

    Auditory-sequential thinkers prefer lists and numbered priorities.

    These styles of thinking complement one another, but some people tend to prefer one over the other.

    The main problem comes when people try to set priorities without seeing the full picture, in my humble opinion ;-) That happens often when non-visual people work from predetermined lists, and try to put actions in sequence without stepping back to think outside the box and see that there are other ways to approach a situation.

    One last point, the climate challenge is so great, we need multiple actions simultaneously, so mind maps can help people see what can be done and choose what suits them best while others tackle other parts of the problem.

    Comment by inel — 10 March 2008 @ 21:54 UTC

  4. → Cydeweys You’re right, national and international action are what are sorely needed. But as Inel points out, there are different ways of representing ideas. I like different ways of visualizing concepts, something that often comes up at my blog. A mind map like this can be very useful in showing what else one can do.

    → Nica Yes, I should find my local farmer’s market as well — that’s an area I haven’t really explored yet.

    → Inel I do agree with you, Inel, and I look forward to seeing your post!

    Comment by Darmok — 24 March 2008 @ 06:54 UTC


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