[Coral-List] Fwd: Climate Emergency Declared by scientists-please sign & invite other scientists to sign this letter

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Thu Jul 25 06:56:12 UTC 2019

Fellow coral-listers,
        Many of us are frustrated by how little we can do to fix this
problem, but here is something we can do.  I just signed the following and
provide it for your consideration.  Please consider forwarding this to your
scientific colleagues.  Thank you.  (the full article has lots of
interesting graphs in it)
Cheers,  Doug

 Dear Colleague,

We are inviting you and all scientists to sign our new in-press *BioScience
* paper *"World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency" *which we want
to present to world leaders.

The article is short and can be read in fewer than eight minutes. Just go
to http://scientistswarning.forestry.oregonstate.edu/ to read and sign the
paper (you can also read a condensed version of the article below).

Please forward this email to other scientists within your network or use
social media as suggested below. We want to get signatories from scientists
in a wide variety of scientific disciplines.

Thanks, Bill      William J. Ripple, Distinguished Professor of Ecology,
Oregon State University

*To promote the initiative on social media (Facebook and Twitter), please
consider using the following text:*

The #ScientistsWarningToHumanity
<https://twitter.com/hashtag/ScientistsWarningToHumanity?src=hashtag_click> is
speaking out about the climate emergency. If you are a scientist you can
support this new initiative by sharing this and adding your signature here:


Scientists can support the #ScientistsWarningToHumanity
climate emergency initiative by sharing this and adding your signature
here: http://scientistswarning.forestry.oregonstate.edu/


I just signed the #ScientistsWarningToHumanity
emergency initiative. If you are a scientist you can support this new
initiative by sharing this and adding your signature here:

*World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency *(Condensed Version)

William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsome, xxxx scientist
signatories from xxx countries

We scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any great
existential threat. In this paper, we present a suite of graphical vital
signs of climate change over the last 40 years. Results show greenhouse gas
emissions are still rising, with increasingly damaging effects. With few
exceptions, we are largely failing to address this predicament. The climate
crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists
expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural
ecosystems and the fate of humanity. We suggest six critical and
interrelated steps that governments and the rest of humanity can take to
lessen the worst effects of climate change, covering 1) Energy, 2)
Short-lived pollutants, 3) Nature, 4) Food, 5) Economy, and 6) Population.
Mitigating and adapting to climate change entails transformations in the
ways we govern, manage, feed, and fulfill material and energy requirements.
We are encouraged by a recent global surge of concern. Governmental bodies
are making climate emergency declarations. The Pope issued an encyclical on
climate change. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are
proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding
change. As scientists, we urge widespread use of our vital signs and
anticipate that graphical indicators will better allow policymakers and the
public to understand the magnitude of this crisis, track progress, and
realign priorities to alleviate climate change. The good news is that such
transformative change, with social and ecological justice, promises greater
human wellbeing in the long-run than business as usual. We believe that
prospects will be greatest if policy makers and the rest of humanity
promptly respond to our warning and declaration of a climate emergency, and
act to sustain life on planet Earth, our only home.

William J. Ripple email: scientistswarning at oregonstate.edu

Douglas Fenner
Ocean Associates, Inc. Contractor
NOAA Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Regional Office
PO Box 7390
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799  USA

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Read first (short) chapter open access:

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