Thousands of scientists warn of ‘untold human suffering’ as they declare climate emergency
More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries on Tuesday officially declared a climate emergency and warned of “untold human suffering” if immediate bold action is not taken to stop the warming of the globe.
In a paper published in BioScience, researchers at Oregon State University said they have a moral duty to “tell it like it is” and warn people about their findings about indicators of the rapidly changing climate over the last 40 years.
The scientists’ research shows significant rises in carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere, the planet’s surface temperature, sea levels, and land area burned in the United States.
Meanwhile, the report includes graphs showing rapid declines in Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice mass.
We must dismantle the war machine to avoid the climate catastrophe
Here we are, a full three decades after NASA scientist James Hansen raised the specter of a looming climate crisis with Congress, looking at the first generation of severely impacted youth and telling them they’re right: We have completely squandered their future. For too long, our dominant culture has practiced unsustainable growth and consumption, ushering in the end of a habitable planet and with it civilization as we know it. Those most impacted are the communities who have contributed the least to climate change, a direct extension of the settler colonization project that has unfolded across the globe over hundreds of years.