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April 17, 2010 3:21 PM   Subscribe

Worried about climate change? Don't sweat it. Technological. Profitable. And, dare we say, beautiful.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey (15 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Also on the YES men website.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:23 PM on April 17, 2010


This feels strangely like PepsiBall (for the YES men, not for whatever awkward satire this is) instead of SurvivaBall, AMIRITE? Also, who're the "we" in that sentence?
posted by disillusioned at 3:25 PM on April 17, 2010


THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD
posted by homunculus at 3:47 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


In non snarky news, regarding Climate Change.

Can We 'Cool The Planet' Through Geoengineering?

Actually worth a listen
posted by edgeways at 4:02 PM on April 17, 2010


The new stilsuits are in early this year!
posted by nonspecialist at 4:34 PM on April 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


As far as "geoengineering" goes, yes we can cool the planet, but there are a multitude of reasons why it's a bad idea. As that link points out, the geopolitical aspect of this is even more frightening than of climate change itself. Even on the most facile level though, who really thinks that bailing out the bath is a preferable alternative to turning the tap off?
posted by howfar at 5:33 PM on April 17, 2010


who really thinks that bailing out the bath is a preferable alternative to turning the tap off?

The makers of the SurvivaBall.
posted by stbalbach at 5:52 PM on April 17, 2010


I knew this was a Yes Men project as soon as I saw it involved a costume of some sort. They really dig that sort of thing, don't they? I kinda feel that better ideas are being overlooked in the enthusiasm to build clothing.
posted by breath at 6:14 PM on April 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


well, there are a number of "Geoengineering" possibilities, from the yeah that might work, to are you fucking crazy.

Yes, absolutely, the long term and more preferable option is for world leaders to act like grownups and actually work towards systemic change in technology and reductions, the turning the tap off, so to speak. But, and this is a big ass but, by the time they get around to it that infamous "tipping point" may well pass, if it hasn't already. So the taps may rust shut. Personally, I think there are some geoengineering possibilities that could help us stave off the overflowing by bailing the water into the sink perhaps, until political will catches up with reality. Notability of interest are those options that talk about carbon capturing and sequestering.
posted by edgeways at 6:39 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love their video clips: Survivaballers protesting at the capitol and getting rolled by captitol cops and hanging out on Wall Street -- but the best clip is a simulation of how they draw power from an animal.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:13 PM on April 17, 2010


howfar: "Even on the most facile level though, who really thinks that bailing out the bath is a preferable alternative to turning the tap off?"

Getting that tap turned off is a lot fucking harder than it looks maybe we should bail while the plumbers are working on it.
posted by Bonzai at 7:24 PM on April 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


If the general population continues to deny the evidence of global warming and political leaders refuse to do anything about it then why would they believe that geoengineering, which assumes that we can change the climate, can do anything.

I think the best thing to do with climate models at this point is to determine what part of the world will suffer the least amount of damage and move there before it gets too bad.

It seems that at this point the goose is cooked.
posted by dibblda at 10:18 PM on April 17, 2010


I've worn a survivaball a handful of times in NYC. It's nuts how many people truly believe that these are prototypes of a suit that will eventually be available in a few years for those with enough discretionary income to get on the waiting list.

Mind shouldn't boggle, yet somehow still does.
posted by stagewhisper at 3:52 PM on April 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Looks fake.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:46 AM on April 19, 2010


Geoengineering appears to be the only solution from the perspective of not requiring unanimous international agreement to get started.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:36 AM on April 19, 2010


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