Nov 15, 2019
When the world’s scientists are concerned enough about something that they issue a warning – to the world, you might think we’d all take notice. Once you get to three warnings, however, well, you start to wonder just how intelligent we humans really are.
After a 1992 warning, and another in 2017, world scientists have this month issued what our guest, Stuart Scott, has termed, a “final notice.” In this episode we visit with the man who offered to help the world’s scientists step up to the microphone and be heard.
Scott is the founder and Executive Director of the Union of Concerned Citizens of Earth. He’s taken on the mission of helping the world’s scientists communicate well with everyday people.
The most recent warning, by the Alliance of World Scientists, is titled World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency, and was published in the November issue of the professional journal, Bioscience. It begins:
“Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to ‘tell it like it is.’ On the basis of this obligation and the graphical indicators presented below, we declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.”
The piece goes on to summarize “six critical and interrelated steps…that governments, businesses, and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change.
This site has links to original 1992 warning, 2017 warning, and 2019 climate warning
World Scientists Declare Climate
Brief video featuring one of the warning co-authors, Dr. Thomas Newsome from the University of Sydney
Rewriting Our Cultural Narrative – episode 105 of Conversation Earth
We’re In Deep: Earth Overshoot Day 2019 – GrowthBusters episode with Mathis Wackernagel
William Rees’ two recent “Am I Wrong” queries:
Don’t Call Me a Pessimist on Climate Change. I Am a Realist (part one) by William Rees
Memo from a Climate Crisis Realist: The Choice before Us (part two) by William Rees
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