17 Nobel laureates met in Stockholm this week and wrote up a tremendously powerful memorandum on climate change, the Stockholm Memorandum, which gives a pretty clear call to action to everyone in the world.
As I wrote in the title, it calls for: “fundamental transformation and innovation in all spheres and at all scales in order to stop and reverse global environmental change.”
Science makes clear that we are transgressing planetary boundaries that have kept civilization safe for the past 10,000 years. […]
We can no longer exclude the possibility that our collective actions will trigger tipping points, risking abrupt and irreversible consequences for human communities and ecological systems.
We cannot continue on our current path. The time for procrastination is over. We cannot afford the luxury of denial.
One of the scientists present, writing over on RealClimate, provides a little more info:
The memorandum results from a 3-day symposium (attended also by the king of Sweden) on the intertwined problems of poverty, development, ecosystem deterioration and the climate crisis. In the memorandum, the Nobel laureates call for immediate emergency measures as well as long-term structural solutions, and they give specific recommendations in eight key priority areas.
And also notes that a small group of extreme ‘climate skeptics’ flew in to protest outside and relays a short exchange he had with one of them:
I approached one of the protesters who carried a banner “against Green fascism” and asked him whether he seriously believes what his pamphlet says, namely that our meeting is a “symposium for global genocide”. He nodded emphatically and replied: “Yes, of course!”
Seriously, hard to imagine.
For the full post, check out: Nobel Laureates Speak Out.
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