Some of the proposed solutions for worldwide warming like capping-and-trading of carbon credits can actually be transferred to other sectors and applied to other pressing social difficulties.
Take education in common, and illiteracy in certain, for instance.
Why not produce an artificial scarcity of illiteracy just like producing an artificial scarcity of carbon dioxide emissions?
Just like both the private sector and the Congress are functioning in parallel tracks to determine a cap on the type of “carbon footprint” that private corporations can have with out incurring any penalties, the Congress, private sector and the municipalities can also function on an artificial cap on the percentage of illiteracy that will be permitted in a city, county, state, or even corporation.
Various “certificates” or “permits” can be issued for various levels of “illiteracy.”
Then, the entities that are below their “illiteracy quotas” can sell their permits to those entities that have too several illiterates. Hopefully the expense of acquiring such permits will be so prohibitive that the entity in query will soon see the advantage of marshaling all its resources to bring its illiteracy level to inside the cap limits.
And what if an entity can neither afford such illiteracy credits nor pull its illiteracy to inside the cap limits? You naturally can not “shut down” a city as though it had been a corporation.
Perhaps Congress and state legislators can index such compliance to withholding of a variety of funds from the state or federal spending budget?
At some point this need to have a positive snowballing effect on these who comply quickly with such illiteracy caps – not only they would make money by selling their permits but also they would boost the educational attainment of their workforce even further by channeling such new funds again into their educational program. Thus I have to admit that this idea carries in its nucleus the danger of generating the excellent even much better even though punishing the currently disadvantaged even additional – unless they do anything about it.
At times such real and credible threats, on the one hand, and actual and credible rewards, on the other, are precisely what is required to galvanized entire communities into some significant action and give them the required motivation to achieve what has until then been deemed “not possible.”