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    Quixotic | adjective Extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical: a vast and perhaps quixotic project Origin late 18th century: from Don Quixote+ -ic. Oxford dictionary of English

    Quixotic has roots in literature: An adjective to describing a person or idea. The word has its origin from the effermus Spanish novel El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (by Miguel de Cervantes). Cervantes hero Don Quijote might not have changed the world but he did leave a linguistic legacy in English language. The adjective quixotic pronounced as kwiksotic has been used to describing unrealistic idealists scince early 18th century. "Quixotic." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2018.

    The question is not how quixotic (Engelman p.12) of an idea it is to reach the UNs sustainable developmental goals? In fact, what we should be asking is how much of romantic braincell do we have in us to attain the said goals. Engelman says on p. 12 that we need to prepare for the consequences of living unsustainably, but at the same time not give up the notion of trying to live more sustainably as soon as possible "however Quixotic" (unrealistic) that idea might be. There are those that believe that the reports from the IPCC themselves are not realistic. One skeptical researcher is Richard Heinberg who writes a scathing criticism of the recommendations in the IPCC report (I will upload in the forum for anyone who wants to read it) .

    Saltelli, Stark, Becker & Stano (2015) criticize the increasing use and consequently influence of theoretical mathematical cost-benefit models as a basis for climate policy decisions.  They argue that the degree of uncertainty is high and they may be useful for research at present the statistics they generate should not been seen as facts about the impact of climate change.  The title of the article ( Scientific Challenge or Quixotic Quest?”) implies that what appears to be sound scientific models on the surface may in fact not be. They claim that these models are often based on many uncertainties and none of the models can really predict climate change and its consequences in a predictable and scientifically sound way. They state that the “models share common errors whose magnitudes are simply not known”  and that is why they argue that uncertainty cannot be measured statistically. In addition, these uncertainties are not due to measurement uncertainties but in fact “assumptions”. The article suggests that trying to create models on which to base policy is perhaps an impossible task, hence the title – Quixotic Quest. Salteli et al. (2015)  also refer to an IPCC’s assessment report from a few years ago and observe that 111 of the 114 models that had been used to predict the climate changes failed to predict the global mean surface temperature changes and although there could be a number of reasons for this, it does bring into question the accuracy of these models used to forecast.

    If we take the essence and core ideology on progress = control and profit, then we can and should be able connecting consciousness in the same lines as in Australia 

    Who initiates it? Or whether or not we humans will ever live to see the fruits of our labour is not the question we ought to be asking instead we ought to focus on not thinking with an anthropocentric point of view and start thinking as Dr. Vandana Shiva talks on climate change “If all you have is a no then you are not strong enough. You have to have a yes to something you can shape.” We need to make a paradigm shift from that of an anthropocentric view that it’s our moral standing (Stenmark p.39) to that of a collective conscious or as the proverb often attributed to Native American indigenous cultures states, “We have not inherited the earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children.” (Engelman p.5).  



    Engelman, R. (2013). Worldwatch Institute, State of the World: Beyond sustainababble (Elektronisk resurs.). Hämtad från

    Stenmark M. (2007) Sustainable Devolopment and Globel Ethics (Electronic resurs)

    Saltelli, Andrea, Philip B. Stark, William Becker, and Pawel Stano. “Climate Models as Economic Guides: Scientific Challenge or Quixotic Quest?” Issues in Science and Technology 31, no. 3 (Spring 2015).

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