“We must safeguard the future of our planet and generations to come” David signs letter calling for Government action on climate change
We cannot continue to violate the laws of nature, nor to abandon our responsibilities to care for the planet and future generations, which is why I was happy to be one of 94 signatories, mainly academics, to this letter which was printed in the Guardian today.
Read our full letter here…
We the undersigned represent diverse academic disciplines, and the views expressed here are those of the signatories and not their organisations. While our academic perspectives and expertise may differ, we are united on one point: we will not tolerate the failure of this or any other government to take robust and emergency action in respect of the worsening ecological crisis. The science is clear, the facts are incontrovertible, and it is unconscionable to us that our children and grandchildren should have to bear the terrifying brunt of an unprecedented disaster of our own making.
We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with about 200 species becoming extinct each day. Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity. If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak.
Our government is complicit in ignoring the precautionary principle, and in failing to acknowledge that infinite economic growth on a planet with finite resources is non-viable. Instead, the government irresponsibly promotes rampant consumerism and free-market fundamentalism, and allows greenhouse gas emissions to rise. Earth Overshoot Day (the date when humans have used up more resources from nature than the planet can renew in the entire year) falls ever earlier each year (1 August in 2018).
When a government wilfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The “social contract” has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.
We therefore declare our support for Extinction Rebellion, launching on 31 October 2018. We fully stand behind the demands for the government to tell the hard truth to its citizens. We call for a Citizens’ Assembly to work with scientists on the basis of the extant evidence and in accordance with the precautionary principle, to urgently develop a credible plan for rapid total decarbonisation of the economy.
Dr Alison Green Pro vice-chancellor (academic), Arden University, National Director (UK) Scientists Warning
Professor Joy Carter Vice-chancellor, University of Winchester
Dr Rowan Williams
Danny Dorling Halford Mackinder professor of geography, University of Oxford
Jem Bendell Professor of sustainability leadership, University of Cumbria
Dr Ian Gibson Former Chair, House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
Dr Susie Orbach Consultant psychoanalyst, The Balint Consultancy
David Drew MP, Shadow minister (environment, food and rural affairs)
Professor Molly Scott Cato MEP
Shahrar Ali PhD, Green Party home affairs spokesperson