11,000 Scientists Just Declared A Global Climate Emergency, Warn Of "Untold Human Suffering"

11,000 Scientists Just Declared A Global Climate Emergency, Warn Of "Untold Human Suffering"

A recent report evaluating the causes and consequences of climate change has concluded if we don't take necessary measures now, we will have to face 'untold human suffering.'

11,000 scientists from 153 countries in the world have come forward to declare a climate emergency that needs to be paid heed to right away. They have clarified that if we don't, all of us will have to endure “untold human suffering.” According to the document,  "We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency. To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems. The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity."


According to Independent, the document is based on climate science that was first established in 1979 at the first World Climate Conference held in Geneva. The document -organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first conference held in 1979 highlighted six key areas that the world needs to collectively address to change status quo, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.


One of these six marked areas is the increase in the world population. There are 200,000 newborns every day, i,e, 80 million per year. This boom in population requires us to be mindful of the way we use our resources. "If you have a rising human population, there's the need for more food and the need for more energy," said Thomas Newsome, one of the paper's authors and a lecturer at the University of Sydney.


"There's been little movements globally in terms of tackling the issue of climate change and so our major goal was to really come up with a new and broad set of graphical indicators to illustrate both the impacts that the humans are having on the climate and also the negative feedback loops associated with climate change." Another area that we need to focus on is to leave all remaining fossil fuels in the ground and "carefully pursuing effective negative emissions," such as "enhancing natural systems." 


Marine biologist Charlie Veron says climate change "was a lot, lot more serious than the general public realizes."  He then added that young people in particular "should make as much noise as they can",  referring to the recent school strikes across the world for climate action. "They are facing a world that will be an absolutely horrible place."  Linden Ashcroft, a lecturer in climate science and science communication at The University of Melbourne, mentioned the report "adds to the roar from all fields of science that climate action needs to be taken now".


Other steps include eating mostly plant-based foods to reduce methane and other emissions, saving remaining primary forests to protect biodiversity, and shifting to a carbon-free economy based on renewable energy, the report said. The sooner we take these steps, the better chances there are of us seeing another day. However,  the authors of the report said that despite the gloomy outlook there is room for optimism. 


“We are encouraged by a recent surge of concern. Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations,” they write.  “Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states, and provinces, cities, and businesses are responding. Such swift action is our best hope to sustain life on planet Earth, our only home.”


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