Menwalsa Apriono Silalahi posted about Home on Facebook 2017-01-10 17:44:48 -0800We need an emergency, WW2-style climate mobilization to phase out fossil fuels now!
When much of the world was in COVID-19 lockdown, air quality dramatically improved even in the largest cities. Yet this year’s rise in CO2 is expected to be 90% of what it would otherwise have been, 2.48 ppm, versus 2.80 ppm (added to the current total of 416ppm). CO2 is still rising faster than it was in the 1990s. Despite happy blue skies, the climate and ecological emergencies continue unabated.
Unfortunately, the 2015 Paris Agreement is on life support. Five years on, 2020 was slated to be a big year: nations were to step up with 2030 and 2050 goals. Well…nations are failing on their original pledges and COP26 is postponed till 2021.
But the Paris Deal and the IPCC were already rotten inside: their central assumption for meeting 1.5-2°C is the massive deployment of CO2 net emissions technologies, a delusional fantasy. IPCC science reports are outdated and compromised by political and business interests. All of this obscures that the "true carbon budget" for a safe climate is already used up.
In the midst of this pandemic, can we find a different path forward to wean off fossil fuels within a decade? What we extracted from our Mother Earth to support our pre-COVID “lifestyles” is more than twice what She has to give. Yet nations have no plan except to try to return to what we considered “normal” (in reality, continuing to accelerate ecological collapse).
Our system's vulnerabilities and brutal shortcomings have been exposed by a tiny virus, completely invisible to humans. That COVID-shock-and-awe reveals that complete system transformation is required for survival. The ways we live – our political, economic, social, and moral systems – have been turned upside-down and inside-out. Can we usher in a completely new order? COVID might allow us to see through the delusions and contradictions that mark our collective and individual lives, and to notice the interconnected crises abounding. Isn’t an honest look at the truth a necessary first step?
Political and business leaders did act quickly across a broad spectrum of societies. Shockingly, they relied on science. Moreover, to respond to the demands of coronavirus, most people and most nations are engaged, even sacrificing for the sake of the whole society. After the COVID preoccupation passes, can we then work collectively on global warming? And can we see the morbid sisters of the climate crisis such as soil depletion, plastic pandemonium, and ecosystem collapse – calamities for which COVID is a mere warning of what is in store?
Human overshoot is at the root of these systemic crises, including coronavirus. The task is to steer a cooperative course toward a survivable future – meaning that fewer of us take far, far, far less from our benefactor, our Mother Earth.
Before resignation sets in, because we will never return to pre-COVID “normal,” can we recall that it only takes 3-4% of engaged, impassioned citizens to drive a national conversation and usher in comprehensive transformation?
Do we double down on protecting and propagating the radical individual consuming self, or do we accept the invitation into a world where we see, as Ben Franklin warned:
“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
Menwalsa Apriono Silalahi posted about Individual Sign-On on Facebook 2016-08-02 18:46:34 -0700I just joined the Climate Emergency Coalition. Join me!
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The world is in a state of Climate Emergency, and we must slash fossil fuel use now. Climate stabilization, consistent with international goals (1.5-2°C) means a fossil fuel phase-out in about a decade for the US and fifteen years worldwide. Otherwise, the risks of going past 2°C and crossing catastrophic tipping points are unacceptably high.
In that light, we need a Declaration of Global Warming State of Emergency so that the people of the United States will demand immediate action. In that way, we meet the most critical moral issue of our time.
Therefore, I support a Declaration of Climate Emergency.
Moreover, I support the responses required to address the emergency. The United States must mobilize to leave fossil fuels. This means we will:
Eliminate fossil fuels:
- Price carbon and remove subsidies. Make fossil fuels account for their true costs.
- Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Oppose their exploration, development, export, and new infrastructure through collective action.
Phase-in renewable energy:
- Incentivize clean energy development, production, and roll-out as quickly as possible.
- Assist developing nations with renewable energy so they bypass fossil fuel development.
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We, the citizens of our nation and of our Earth, are endowed with certain rights, powers, and obligations, which demand we act both individually and collectively to protect and preserve the ongoing evolution of life on Earth, including our future generations.
Based upon a preponderance of scientific evidence we recognize our global climate is rapidly warming and becoming increasingly unstable due to human-caused carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. If we do not change course before global warming tipping points are crossed, this destabilization of our climate will continue to cause ever-increasing suffering and potentially irreversible devastation for both current and future generations. If left unresolved, it could cause the extinction, or near extinction, of the human species.
We further recognize that rapidly escalating global warming and its consequent climate destabilization is the greatest currently active threat to the security of all nations, comparable in scope of impact to global nuclear war. Escalating average global temperature rises will lead to destabilization affecting first millions, then billions of people forced to deal with ongoing climate catastrophes, food and other resource depletion, and mass migrations.
Nearly all of the major problems our world faces today worsen and multiply due to escalating global warming. All of the ecological, economic and political problems listed below will cross-intensify and therefore worsen as average global temperatures rises.
- Food and resource depletion
- Severe droughts, floods, and wildfires
- Rising sea levels
- Water pollution and water table loss
- Desertification and deforestation
- Ocean fish stock depletions
- Growing economic inequity, poverty, and instability
- Political instability and injustice
- War and regional conflicts
- Increasing potential of pandemics and other health crises
Despite 30 years of education, study, and discussion about the possible irreversible effects of human-caused carbon and methane pollution of our atmosphere, global warming temperatures have escalated to levels that may have already passed or be close to passing global warming tipping points with impacts that are irreversible. We must immediately reverse the continued rise of average global temperature by decreasing human-caused production of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.
Failure to resolve global warming for ourselves and future generations is simply not a survivable option.
As global citizens of every nation on Earth, we ask you, our national leaders, to initiate the necessary steps to formally declare a national and international global warming State of Emergency, calling for the immediate allocation of the needed research, resources, personnel, and interventions to quickly resolve this State of Emergency and sustainably protect, preserve, and advance the continued evolution of humanity and life on Earth.
By signing this petition, I pledge to act together with others as one human family to acknowledge and resolve the escalating global warming-caused climate destabilization crisis.
When we reach the required number of petition signatures for each area, we will submit the petition with all signatures to: (1) the incoming President and the members of both houses of US Congress, and (2) governing bodies of other nations (if you provide your nationality).
NOTABLE PETITION SIGNERS*
Vinit Allen, Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable World Coalition
Steve Bhaerman, Co-author of "Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here" and political satirist
Philip Bogdonoff, Director, Washington DC Chapter of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
Russell Brockhurst, Project Team Leader, Caterpillar of Australia, Ltd
Karen Cisler, Secretary-Treasurer, PSR-TN [TN Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility]; member, Air Quality Board, State of TN Department of Environmental Conservation
Cliff Cockerham, PhD, Chair, TN Chapter of the Sierra Club; President, PSR-TN; Climate Mobilization Volunteer International Organizer in the Americas
Siobhan Colombo, Faculty of Science & Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
John Cooksey, Writer/Director/Producer, "How to Boil a Frog"
Raymond Cummings, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University
Kathy Dervin, Senior Consultant, Center for Climate Change & Health
Soumya Dutta, National Convenor - Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha (translates to - India people's science campaign) and Convenor - Climate & Energy Group, Beyond Copenhagen collective, India
Rev. Michael Dowd, Pro-Future Evangelist
Hans Ehrbar, PhD, Professor of Economics - retired, University of Utah
Duane Elgin, Author of "Voluntary Simplicity"
Dave Ewoldt, Co-founder & Senior Analyst, Coalitions for Mutual Endeavor
Peter Fiekowsky, Founder, The Healthy Climate Project; Lead Volunteer & Founder, CCL's 100-Year Planning Group
Len Finegold, PhD, Professor of Biophysics - retired, Drexel University
Dr. Katherine Forrest, MD, MPH, Co-Founder & former President, The Commonweal Institute; Board Member of The Peninsular Democratic Coalition [PDC] and founding member of PDC's Climate Action Group
Len Frenkel, Author, "Will We Survive Climate Change?: One Last Chance"
Valerie Gardner, Founder & Executive Director, Climate Coalition
Russell Greene, President, PDA-People Demanding Action & is the leading climate activist of Progressive Democrats of America who is credited with securing the Climate Mobilization plank in the 2016 Democratic Presidential platform, saying: "There is no time left for gradualism. That window has passed. This is a climate emergency — the moment to make a stand for the future. For each other. For our children."
Heidi Harmon, Co-Organizer, "Up to Us Caravan" to the DNC
Dr. Mary Headrick, MD, Board Member, PSR-TN
Harold Hedelman, Director of Engagement - Business Climate Leaders at Citizens' Climate Lobby
Bill Henderson, Freelance Climate Journalist
Michael Hoexter, PhD, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Campaign Volunteer for Bernie Sanders 2016
Allen Johnson, PhD, Professor of Geology - retired, University of West Chester
John Jorgensen, Biologist-turned Activist/Marcher, Great March for Climate Action
George Paul Kemp, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Center for Coastal, Energy and Environmental Resources, Louisiana State University; Co-founder & former Executive Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Rev. Earl Koteen, Environmental Justice Minister and Board Member, Unitarian Universalist Earth Ministry
Felix Kramer, Founder, Beyond Cassandra and the of Congressional Climate Project
Cynthia Lukas, Producer, "Heaven on Earth Creations'" and upcoming film "Ghandi's Gift"
Chloe Maxmin, Co-founder, Divest Harvard
Bruce Melton, PE, Executive Director, Climate Change Now Initiative
Debbie Mytels, Associate Director, Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth
Jim Newell, PhD, lobbyist & government relations professional & CEO, ELS, Inc and CEC Lead Volunteer for Government Relations
Terry Patten, Founder, Bay Area Integral
Vanessa Rule, Co-founder, Mothers Out Front - Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
Adam Sacks, Executive Director, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
Paul Severance, Chair, Elders Climate Action
Ezra Silk, Co-Founder and Director of Policy and Strategy, The Climate Mobilization
Mariana Garcia Solana, Executive Director, The Friends of the Maya Foundation and Climate Mobilization Volunteer Lead Organizer for Mexico
Susan Soleil, Executive Director, Utah Interfaith Power & Light
Kristina Turechek, Adjunct Faculty, SUNY College at Oneonta
Brian von Herzen, PhD, Executive Director, The Climate Foundation
Cassandra Wardle, Conservation Researcher, School of the Environment, Griffith University, Australia
Tom Weis, President, Climate Crisis Solutions
"I heartily support the Climate Emergency Coalition and its work to shift philanthropy to organizations and initiatives fighting the threats to humanity brought by climate change."
- Paul R. Ehrlich
People who have worked with us on earlier breakthrough initiatives beginning in 2014:
Turner Anderson, Project Engineer at Siemens Energy, Inc.**
Duncan Callaway, PhD, Associate Professor of Energy & Resources, Division of Electrical Engineering/EECS, University of California - Berkeley**
William Christopfel, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs, Bell Pharmaceuticals**
Simon Dalby, PhD, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies and CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada**
Robert Dello-Russo, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Anthropology & Director, Office of Contract Archaeology, University of New Mexico**
William DeMott, PhD, Professor of Biology, Purdue University**
Paul R. Ehrlich, PhD, Bing Professor of Population Studies and President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Daniela Gioseffi, Editor & Publisher of Eco-Poetry.org & PoetsUSA.com; American Book Award-winning author of 16 books of poetry and prose***
Sebastian Groh, PhD, CEO at ME SOLshare Ltd; Assistant Professor at North South University, Bangaldesh**
John Harte, PhD, jointly appointed Professor in the Energy & Resources Group and the Ecosystem Sciences Division of the College of Natural Resources, University of California - Berkeley**
Donald Hnatowich, PhD, Professor of Radiology - retired, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Presenter, Climate Reality**
Andy Hoffmann, PhD, Office of Sustainability working group, University of Utah**
Daniel Kammen, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Energy, Energy and Resources Group, University of California - Berkeley**
Rik Leemans, PhD, Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Wageningen University, The Netherlands**
Michael Mann, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology & Director of the Earth System Science Center Penn State University**
Trae Menard, Director of Forest Conservation, Hawaii Chapter - The Nature Conservancy**
Sergio Pacca, PhD, Research Fellow, University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems; Associate Professor of Energy & Sustainability, Sao Paolo University, Brasil**
Robert Strom, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Lunar and Planetary Lab. and Dept. of Planetary Science, University of Redlands**
Anders Wijkman, PhD, elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for outstanding services to the environment; Co-President, Club of Rome**
Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, PhD, Fellow, Energy and Resources Group, University of California - Berkeley; Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Austria**
* Institutional affiliation listed for identification purposes only
** Signers of preliminary sign on letters leading up to the emergency petition.