Making the Case for Emergency Climate Action and 1.5 to Stay Alive.
As climate catastrophe looms ever closer, some opinion leaders still hold fast to the view that we must not mention the seriousness of our plight for fear of demoralising people.
But how could we explain to our children, in some dystopian future of runaway global warming, that we held back from telling the truth at a time when human action could still have made a difference? It’s time to talk honestly about the climate emergency and what we need to do to save human civilisation and the precious eco-systems on which we depend.
Download ‘Don’t mention the emergency?’ and give a copy of the booklet to your local political representatives and others in your local networks.
“We’ve reached a point where we have a crisis, an emergency, but people don’t know that. There’s a big gap between what’s understood about global warming by the scientific community and what is known by the public and policymakers.”
“This is an emergency and for emergency situations we need emergency action.”
“We must fully adopt the language of immediate crisis and existential danger. We must talk about climate change as threatening to cause the collapse of civilisation, killing billions of people and millions of species… This is not a matter of ‘protecting the planet for future generations’ but protecting our own lives and those of the people we care about.”
“Under-reporting on [the extreme risks represented by tipping points] is irresponsible, contributing to the failure of imagination that is occurring today in our understanding of, and response to, climate change.”
“People who understand that they are literally fighting for their children’s lives may well lose all fear and become the kind of ‘irresistible’ non-violent force that changes everything. If we continue negotiating with the powers that be for less bad options, we cede our vision of what is possible before the fight even begins.”
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