Start to panic — climate change could destroy our civilization. This in a joint statement, the misleading more than 11 thousand scientists from 153 countries of the world. The statement and report under the heading “Prevention scientists in the world about the climate emergency,” published in the journal BioScience in connection with the 40th anniversary of the first world conference on climate held in Geneva in 1979. According to prevention, people around the world will face “untold misery of climate crisis” unless there is a major transformation in the global society. To avoid disaster, it is necessary to take immediate action, including stopping production of fossil fuels, the declining fertility rates, ending the destruction of forests and the reduction of meat consumption.
The world is in extreme climatic situation
At the beginning of the statements the researchers remind us that the moral duty of scientists is to tell the world the truth and to warn of dangers and disasters.
“We clearly and unequivocally declare that planet Earth is faced with extreme weather conditions, “—said in a statement. “To ensure a sustainable future, we must change their way of life. It entails serious changes in how our society operates and interacts with natural ecosystems.”
According to experts we can’t waste time on empty talk:
“The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists. It is more severe than expected and threatens natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”
Professor William ripple from Oregon state University and lead author of the statement, told the newspaper The Guardianthat he was forced to initiate due to the increase in cases of climate disasters around the world. The key purpose of the warning is to install the full range of indicators “vital signs” on the causes and consequences of climate disruption, and not just about carbon emissions and temperature of the surface. Should track a wider set of indicators, including population growth, meat consumption, loss of tree cover, energy consumption, subsidies for fossil fuels and annual economic losses from extreme weather events.
Other “deeply worrying signs of human activity” scientifically selected, include a rapidly growing number of air passengers and growth in world GDP. The climate crisis is closely associated with excessive consumption and lifestyle. As a result of human activities are “particularly worrying” trend of rising temperature, land and ocean, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, scientists say. Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with some exceptions, the problem is still not resolved. Experts are particularly concerned about potentially irreversible tipping points of climate change. These climate chain reactions can lead to the disruption of ecosystems, societies and Economics, making extensive uninhabited areas of the Earth. In their statement, the scientists urge citizens and politicians to assess the extent of the crisis and changing priorities.
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What of the scientists?
The statement described a number of measures that can prevent catastrophic events. Below are four main points to which researchers are encouraged to listen to both world leaders and citizens:
- To use energy much more efficiently and raise taxes taxes on carbon emissions to reduce fossil fuel use.
- To take measures to reduce the birth rate. Today the Earth’s population increases by approximately 200 thousand people per day.On the site of the World Current Population you can observe the change in the number of self. The researchers propose to stabilize the world’s population using ethical approaches, such as longer education for girls in regions with the highest birth rate.
- To stop the destruction of nature and to restore the forest to absorb CO2.
- To reduce the consumption of meat.
But there’s good news. The introduction of the above changes with social and economic justice for all, will bring much more prosperity to people than the conduct of ordinary business. Scientists are also encouraged by the climate of mass strikes young people that had recently swept across the world and lawsuits against companies that harm the environment. Let me remind you that in 2017, the 15 thousands of researchers warned about the dangers of environmental pollution and the looming mass extinction of wildlife. The statement was read out in parliaments of Canada and Israel. Despite the gloomy predictions, it’s not too late. Researchers are advised to closely look at the charts (Fig. 1 and 2) — no need to be an engineer-a rocket scientists to understand that something in the world goes wrong.
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But despite some optimistic scientists, I think the picture is pretty grim. What is the probability that world leaders lay aside their nuclear toys and stop oil production? How about reducing the birth rate — do people refuse to have children, when in many countries it is only encouraged, and sometimes considered the meaning and justification of existence? The researchers propose to change the attitude towards consumption but exceeds the number of conscious people the number of those who are concerned only with their own appetites? As he wrote in his article for the New Yorker writer and journalist Jonathan Franzen, you should stop kidding yourself and accept the inevitable — we can’t stop climate change. The journalist calls to focus on the good that can be done in the life of each of us. And this is the right position — even if climate change is averted, our world will be transformed if we all try to make it a little better.