Scientists around the world warn that all humans take action to conserve the biosphere. More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have declared a state of emergency for the climate, warning that it may bring “unprecedented suffering” in the near future.
“Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any great existential threat,” say signers of a text published in the journal Bioscience.
“Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with a few exceptions, we have generally done business as usual and have largely failed to tackle this sensitive issue,” writes the Alliance of Scientists, led by William Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University. http://www.uoregon.edu
“The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected,” the signatories wrote.
Scientists recommend six steps that should mitigate the worst effects of climate change:
– replace fossil fuels with low carbon renewables;
– reduce emissions of pollutants such as methane;
– protect ecosystems on Earth;
– eat mainly plant based foods and less animal products;
-create a carbon-free economy;
-stabilize the world’s population.
Scientists say they are encouraged by the recent manifestations of young people Friday warning governments to take action to save the planet as well as other grassroots campaigns.
As an Alliance of World Scientists, the signatories emphasize that they are ready to assist governments and all business and development decision makers in achieving a just transition to a renewable and just future.
Humanity should act “to sustain life on planet Earth, our only home,” the signatories said.