How does one deny the findings from 11,000 scinetists?
Courtesy of The Independent:
Eleven thousand scientists in 153 countries have declared a climate emergency and warned that “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without huge shifts in the way we live.
The letter is based on climate science that was first established in 1979 at the first World Climate Conference held in Geneva. For decades multiple global bodies have agreed urgent action is needed but greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
“Despite 40 years of major global negotiations, we have continued to conduct business as usual and have failed to address this crisis,” said William Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University, who spearheaded the letter.
“Climate change has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected,” according to the letter published in BioScience.
Researchers say they have a moral obligation to “clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat” and “tell it like it is”. “Clearly and unequivocally planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” they state.
The article identifies a lowered birth rate and a move toward renewable energy sources as steps in the right direction, but cites rising meat consumption, more air travel, chopping down forests faster than ever and an increase in global carbon dioxide emissions as choices that exacerbate the problem.
The scientists focus on six objectives:
Replacing fossil fuels.
Cutting pollutants like methane and soot.
Restoring and protecting ecosystems.
Eating less meat.
Converting the economy to one that is carbon-free.
And stabilizing population growth.
These are all goals that are relatively easy to achieve if we start to take this situation seriously.
In fact many of us have likely already started doing our part.
However it is clear that the heavy lifting will involve government assistance, buy in by big businesses, and increased pressure from our citizens.
That last part has definitely already started with the help of this young lady.
Just ask yourself, what cause have you fought for that is more important than saving the planet on which we live?
Because I cannot think of one.