CLIMATE REVOLUTION NOW

The website "Climate Revolution Now" ("Climate Revolution Now": https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/climate-revolution )  is a documented,  alphabetically-organized compendium of  the expert views of scientists and of science-informed activists who believe that there is an urgent need for immediate drastic  action on climate change to urgently and drastically reduce atmospheric CO2 back to a safe,  pre-Industrial  Revolution level of about 300 ppm CO2, noting that carbon dioxide (CO2) together with other greenhouse gases (GHGs), notably methane (CH4), has elevated average global surface temperature to an already  dangerous and damaging plus 1 degree Centigrade (+1C), and that over 90% of the extra heat has gone into the oceans.


Humanity demands that we speak out, bear witness, and  tell the truth for a better world (see “Gideon Polya Writing”: https://sites.google.com/site/gideonpolyawriting/  and  “Gideon Polya”: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/home   ).


Dr Gideon Polya on near-terminal Climate Genocide and urgent need for Climate Revolution Now (2020): “While the presently dominant and deadly neoliberalism demands maximal freedom to exploit human and natural resources for private profit, this rapacious course now existentially threatens Humanity and the Biosphere as the world careers towards a Climate Genocide in which 10 billion people will die avoidably this century en route to a sustainable population in 2100 of a mere 0.5- 1.0 billion [37]. The world has a crucial choice between (a) near-total mass murder of Humanity and (b) sustainable sharing of limited resources on Spaceship Earth. The clear alternative to genocidal neoliberalism is Social Humanism (socialism, democratic socialism, eco-socialism, the welfare state, universal basic income) that seeks to sustainably maximize human happiness, dignity and opportunity through evolving, pragmatic and culturally sensitive intra-national and international social contracts...  Decent people must oppose the neoliberal Gadarene rush to global suicide by (a) informing everyone they can, (b) following the example of the marvellous Greta Thunberg [50] and the School Strikers and launching a Climate Revolution (peaceful and non- 359 violent of course) with millions out in the streets [51], and (c) urging and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, collectives, corporations and countries disproportionately involved in the worsening climate emergency, climate genocide and Biosphere destruction. There is no Planet B and there must be zero tolerance for the neoliberal, genocidal and terracidal climate criminals (pages 358-359,  Gideon Polya, “US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide” , 400 pages, Korsgaard Publishing, Germany, 4 June 2020: https://www.amazon.com/US-Imposed-Post-9-Muslim-Holocaust-Genocide/dp/8793987056 ; for a summary of the book see Gideon Polya, “Racist Mainstream ignores “US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide””, Countercurrents, 17 July 2020: https://countercurrents.org/2020/07/racist-mainstream-ignores-us-imposed-post-9-11-muslim-holocaust-muslim-genocide/ ).

There  is now only a very low probability for the world  avoiding a catastrophic plus 2 degree Centigrade (+2C) temperature rise, noting that there is a global government   consensus that global warming due to man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution must be kept below +2C (“Are we doomed?”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/are-we-doomed and "Too late to avoid global warming catastrophe": https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/too-late-to-avoid-global-warming .).

 Indeed it is apparent to science-informed people that the present plus 1 degree Centigrade (+1C) temperature rise is already dangerous and damaging to the Biosphere and to millions of people world-wide, most obviously those in Island Nations (specifically   those of the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean ), megadelta-containing  nations (specifically  those of the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia), and drought-impacted countries throughout the world.

Professor James Hansen (from NASA and 101-Nobel-Laureate Columbia University) reports that plus 2°C would be disastrous – at 2 °C Earth would be headed back toward equilibrium Pliocene-like conditions (sea level about 25 m higher than today) (see James E. Hansen and Makiko Sato, “Paleoclimate implications for human-made climate change”: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1105/1105.0968.pdf  ).

To return to a safe planet for all peoples and all species we must achieve the following:

1. Change of societal philosophy to one of scientific risk management and biological sustainability with complete cessation of species extinctions and zero tolerance for lying.

2. Urgent reduction of atmospheric CO2 to a safe level of about 300 ppm CO2 as recommended by leading climate and biological scientists.

3. Rapid switch to the best non-carbon and renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, wave, tide and hydro options that are currently roughly the same market price as coal burning-based power and as much a 5 times cheaper if the true environmental and mortality costs of fossil fuel-burning are considered) and to energy efficiency, public transport, needs-based production, re-afforestation and return of carbon as biochar to soils or underground storage, with all this coupled with correspondingly rapid cessation of fossil fuel burning, deforestation, methanogenic livestock production and population growth.

We understand the problem and have the technological solutions – the impending catastrophe simply does not have to happen. We need a Climate Revolution now to  be able to rapidly overcome the current political stasis and act before it is too late for Humanity and the Biosphere, noting that it is already too late for the citizens of disappearing Pacific Island Nations, for coastal dwellers in the Bay of Bengal, South East Asia and the Caribbean and for drought-ravaged people of North Africa, the Middle East and the Sahel.

It is now very unlikely that the world will avoid  a catastrophic  2 degree Centigrade temperature rise, but while there is life there is hope. Climate change activists must still try in every way they can to make the looming disaster “less bad” (see (Gideon Polya, “2015 A-to-Z  Alphabetical List Of Actions And Advocacies For Climate Change Activists”,  Countercurrents, 14 January, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya140115.htm ).

To make things “less bad” we should be serious about climate change activism, have zero tolerance for those complicit  in climate criminality,  and  apply an Accountability, Badge and Credo (ABC) protocol for climate change action.  Many –isms from. Catholicism  to Communism  have successfully applied an ABC protocol of holding non-adherents legally or politically Accountable, displaying a Badge (e.g. a Crucifix  or Hammer and Sickle), and having a simple Credo, or simple statement of belief (e.g. like the Nicene Creed of Catholicism or the 5 Pillars of Wisdom of Islam). Adherents of climate change activism should adopt a similar protocol, urging and applying  Accountability through  Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), displaying an informative  Badge (e.g. “300 ppm CO2”) and advancing  a basic Credo  (e.g. “as argued by top scientists, for a safe planet for all peoples and all species we must urgently return the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration from the present disastrous 400 parts per million  CO2 to a safe and sustainable 300 ppm CO2”).

In particular, Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) - successfully applied against Apartheid in South Africa – should be comprehensively  applied against all people, politicians, parties, countries, companies, corporations and collectives disproportionately complicit in the worsening climate crisis.

In short, there should be zero tolerance for pollution-based state terrorism, climate crime, climate criminality, climate terrorism, and  carbon terrorism (Stop air pollution deaths”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/stop-air-pollution-deaths and “Stop climate crime”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/stop-climate-crime ). Thus while 0.5 million people presently  die from climate change each year, 7 million people die already each year from carbon fuel burning pollutants, this including 10,000 citizens of Australia, one of the worst countries  in the world for annual per capita GHG pollution. About 17 million people die avoidably from deprivation each year but if climate change is not requisitely  addressed, some 10 billion people will die as a result this century  or an average of 100 million such deaths each year this century (Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/ and “Stop air pollution deaths”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/stop-air-pollution-deaths ) .  The species extinction rate is now 100-1,000 times higher than normal.

Climate criminal Australia leads the word in annual per capita GHG pollution and climate change inaction . Noting that only 1 Australian has ever been killed in Australia by a Muslim-origin  non-state terrorist, successive,  anti-science , anti-environment, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-fossil fuel, terror hysterical and utterly mendacious    Lib-Lab (Liberal-Laboral, Coalition and Labor Right) Governments have been  complicit in the annual deaths of 10,000 Australians from  Domestic carbon fuel burning  and 100,000 others worldwide from Australia Exported  carbon fuel burning pollutants – climate criminal state terrorism, climate terrorism and carbon terrorism  (see  “Stop air pollution deaths”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/stop-air-pollution-deaths and World Health Organization (WHO), “7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution”: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/ ).

Sensible people try to achieve operational consensus (if not agreement) with others over even quite serious  matters. Indeed that is how wars can be prevented. However there are areas in which we must draw a line in the sand and we must express zero tolerance for violence, war, racism, child abuse, species extinction and terracide. We must oppose the climate criminals in peaceful ways but must also clearly express our zero tolerance for their terracidal immorality. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity.

Indeed the worsening climate emergency is a product of neoliberal capitalism which has determined (1) that 50% of global wealth is owned by the top One Percent, a massive inequity  that  damages the economy as well as democracy;  (2)  that Democracy has been replaced by Plutocracy, Murdochracy, Lobbyocracy, Corporatocracy and Dollarocracy in which Big Money; (3) that the species extinction rate is now 100-1,000 greater than normal (ecocide and speciescide leading to omnicide  and terracide) ; (4) that 17 million people die avoidably each year due to deprivation on Spaceship  Earth with the One Percenters in charge of the flight deck (with this expected to rise to 100 million per year this century  if climate change is not requisitely addressed; and (5) that One Percenter-beholden leaders  at Paris in December 2015 will commit the planet to a catastrophic  plus 3C.

Implicit in the urgently demanded  Climate Revolution is an evolving  social humanist  contract  for maximizing human happiness, opportunity and dignity  in a fashion that is compatible with the Biosphere - thus a rapid return  from the current dangerous and damaging 400 ppm  CO2 to the pre-Industrial Revolution circa  300 ppm CO2 will return us to a safe and sustainable planet for all peoples and all species. Historically  revolutions have often been subverted by violence and authoritarianism and we must guard against   the Climate Revolution being subverted in this way. Indeed a social humanist Climate Revolution means generating diversity that is the basis for the evolution of even better ideas and better social humanist contracts.

In stark contrast to social humanism, the downside boundary condition of neoliberal capitalism - that maximizes the freedom of the smart and advantaged to exploit the human and physical resources of the world - would be one man ruling an almost dead planet from a residual mountain valley retreat.  

Intergenerational Injustice,  Intergenerational Inequity, Climate Injustice and Climate Revolution.

Revolutions are usually carried out by the young and the young have every reason to enact a Climate Revolution because of extraordinary  intergenerational injustice and intergenerational inequity implicit in present and past adult cohorts destroying species, and ecosystems, egregiously  polluting the one common atmosphere  and ocean of all peoples, and imposing an immense and inescapable Carbon Debt on future generations.   Thus assuming a damage-related Carbon Price of US$200 per tonne CO2-e, the World has a Carbon Debt of $540 trillion that is increasing at about $20 trillion per year. By way of specific  national example, climate criminal Australia has a Carbon Debt of $11 trillion that is increasing  at $600 billion per year and at $60,000 per year per capita for under-30 year old Australians (see “Carbon Debt Carbon Credit”: https://sites.google.com/site/carbondebtcarboncredit/ ) – one is reminded of the 1960s cry of Students for a Democratic  Society (SDS) “Don’t trust anyone over thirty”.

Remorseless greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is leaving a polluted and devastated planet for future generations. Further, present intergenerational inequity means that for every $1 received by climate criminal corporations for thermal coal, future generations will inescapably have to pay $1 to $14 (depending on location and technology) to sequester the CO2 from coal combustion. Young people must revolt, oppose this mounting Carbon Debt, and insist “Keep it in the ground” (see Gideon Polya, “Intergenerational Theft – For Every $1 For Coal Today Future Generations Will Pay $1-$14 To Sequester CO2”, Countercurrents, 8 April, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya080415.htm ).

The pro-One Percenter , neoliberalism-dominated Mainstream  largely resolutely ignores the worsening Climate Emergency and the reasons are encapsulated in Polya's 3 Laws of Economics. Polya's 3 Laws of Economics mirror the 3 Laws of Therrnodynamics of science and are (1) Price minus COP (Cost of Production) equals profit; (2) Deception about COP strives to a maximum; and (3) No work, price or profit on a dead planet. These fundamental laws help  expose the failure of neoliberal capitalism in relation to wealth inequality, massive tax evasion by multinational corporations, and  horrendous avoidable deaths from poverty and pollution culminating in general ecocide, speciescide, climate genocide, omnicide and terracide . Polya’s Second Law of Economics explains why we are doomed by neoliberal economics  – deceit, lying by omission, lying by commission, and disinformation subvert rational risk management  but are remorselessly increasing (see Gideon Polya. “Polya's 3 Laws Of Economics Expose Deadly, Dishonest  And Terminal Neoliberal Capitalism”, Countercurrents, 17 October, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya171015.htm ).

In summary,

(1) We must do everything we can to make the future  “less bad” even though  it is now extremely likely that the world has run out of time to avoid a catastrophic plus 2C temperature rise, noting that the present plus 1C is already disastrous for millions throughout the world because of sea level rise, storm intensification and drought.  The national promises for the 2015 Paris Climate Conferences  predicate a plus 3C temperature rise and a sea level rise of about 2 metres this century.

(2) Already 0.5 million people die annually from climate change and 7 million die from air pollution from carbon fuel burning. The species extinction rate is 100-1,000 times higher than normal. About 17 million people die avoidably from deprivation each year but if climate change is not requisitely  addressed, some 10 billion people will die as a result this century  or an average of 100 million such deaths each year this century.

 (3) Assuming a damage-related Carbon Price of US$200 per tonne CO2-e, the World has a Carbon Debt of $540 trillion that is increasing at about $20 trillion per year, Carbon Debt that must be inescapably be paid by future generations in an horrific example of climate criminality, intergenerational injustice,  intergenerational inequity, climate racism, and climate injustice. In climate criminal Australia (population 24 million) , a world leader in per capita  GHG pollution and climate change inaction, the Carbon Debt is $11 trillion, increasing at $600 billion in each year and at $60,000 per head per year for under-30 year olds.

(4) Humanity, and especially young people,  must demand radical economic restructuring on an emergency basis (as exampled by the US domestic war effort in WW2) to requisitely and rapidly deal with this climate emergency. Humanity can effect this revolutionary and implicitly social humanist change at the ballot box (in contrast to the current corporatist , pro-One Percenter, neoliberal Lobbyocracy and Corporatocracy  perversion dominated by Big Money)  and by (a) informing everyone they can, (b) having zero tolerance for complicity in  deadly and racist climate criminality and climate terrorism, and (c)  urging and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, countries, companies, corporations and collectives disproportionately complicit in the worsening climate crisis.

(5) This science-informed  Climate Revolution must  be effected immediately without jeopardizing democracy or human rights and will involve a  rapid shift to 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency, public transport, needs-based production, and re-afforestation with this coupled to rapid cessation of fossil fuel burning, deforestation, methanogenic livestock production and population growth with urgent reduction of atmospheric CO2 to a safe,  pre-Industrial  Revolution level of about 300 ppm CO2 (e.g. by biochar formation and sequestration) (see Open Letter to Australian Federal MPs: young betrayed & climate revolution now: https://sites.google.com/site/gideonpolyawriting/2015-9-6 ).


Some useful compendia about climate change information, requisite actions & expert opinions:

 

“1% ON 1%: one percent annual wealth tax on One Percenters”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/1-on-1 .

“2011 climate change course”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/2011-climate-change-course .

300.org: . https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/300-org .

“300.org – return atmosphere CO2 to 300 ppm CO2”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/300-org---return-atmosphere-co2-to-300-ppm .

“Carbon Debt Carbon Credit”: https://sites.google.com/site/carbondebtcarboncredit/ .

"Climate Revolution Now": https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/climate-revolution .

“Cut carbon emissions 80% by 2020”: https://sites.google.com/site/cutcarbonemissions80by2020/ .

“100% renewable energy by 2020”: https://sites.google.com/site/100renewableenergyby2020/ .

“Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/ .

“Gas is not clean energy”: https://sites.google.com/site/gasisnotcleanenergy/ .

 “Biofuel Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/biofuelgenocide/ .

“Divest from fossil fuels”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/divest-from-fossil-fuels .

“Climate Justice & Intergenerational Equity”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/climate-justice .

“Science & economics experts: Carbon Tax needed NOT Carbon Trading”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/sciennce-economics-experts-carbon-tax-needed-not-carbon-trading/ .

“Stop climate crime”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/stop-climate-crime .

“Stop air pollution deaths”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/stop-air-pollution-deaths

“Are we doomed?”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/are-we-doomed .

“Methane Bomb Threat”: https://sites.google.com/site/methanebombthreat/ .

"Too late to avoid global warming catastrophe": https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/too-late-to-avoid-global-warming .

“Nuclear weapons ban, end poverty and reverse climate change”: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/nuclear-weapons-ban .

“Stop state terrorism” : https://sites.google.com/site/stopstateterrorism/  [state and corporate complicity in worsening climate genocide and 7 million annual air pollution deaths from carbon fuel burning].

"State crime and non-state terrorism": https://sites.google.com/site/statecrimeandnonstateterrorism/  [state and corporate complicity in worsening climate genocide and 7 million annual air pollution deaths from carbon fuel burning].

“Climate terrorism: 400,000 climate change-related deaths globally annually versus an average of 4 US deaths from political terrorism annually since 9-11”: https://sites.google.com/site/statecrimeandnonstateterrorism/climate-terrorism .

“Carbon terrorism: 3 million US air pollution deaths versus 53 US political terrorism deaths since 9-11 (2001-2015)”: https://sites.google.com/site/statecrimeandnonstateterrorism/carbon-terrorism .

 

 

Some key analyses by Dr Gideon Polya (Melbourne scientist):  

Gideon Polya, “Expert Witness Testimony To Stop Gas-Fired Power Plant Installation”, Countercurrents,  14 June, 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya140613.htm .

Gideon Polya,  " Doha climate change inaction. Only 5 years left to act", MWC News, 9 December 2012: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/23373-gideonpolya-climate-change.html .

Gideon Polya, “Australia 's Huge Coal, Gas & Iron Ore Exports Threaten Planet”, Countercurrents, 15 May 2012: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya150512.htm .

Gideon Polya, “Country By Country Analysis Of Years Left Until Science-demanded Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, Countercurrents, 11 June 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya110611.htm

Gideon Polya , “2015 A-to-Z  Alphabetical List Of Actions And Advocacies For Climate Change Activists”,  Countercurrents,  14 January, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya140115.htm

Gideon Polya, “100 Ideas For Climate Change Activists Trying To Save The Biosphere And Humanity”,  Countercurrents, 10 August, 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya100813.htm .

Gideon Polya, “Biochemical  Targets Of Plant Bioactive Compounds”: moral & utilitarian reasons to stop ecocide, speciescide, omnicide & terracide”, Countercurrents, 22 February, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya220215.htm .

Gideon Polya. “Polya's 3 Laws Of Economics Expose Deadly, Dishonest  And Terminal Neoliberal Capitalism”, Countercurrents, 17 October, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya171015.htm . Polya's 3 Laws of Economics mirror the 3 Laws of Therrnodynamics of science and are (1) Price minus COP (Cost of Production) equals profit; (2) Deception about COP strives to a maximum; and (3) No work, price or profit on a dead planet. These fundamental laws help  expose the failure of neoliberal capitalism in relation to wealth inequality, massive tax evasion by multinational corporations, and  horrendous avoidable deaths from poverty and pollution culminating in general ecocide, speciescide, climate genocide, omnicide and terracide.

“Climate change articles by Dr Gideon Polya”: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/climate-change-articles .

“Climate change websites created by Dr Gideon Polya”: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/climate-change-websites .

“Gideon Polya”: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/home .

 “Gideon Polya Writing”: https://sites.google.com/site/gideonpolyawriting/ .


Gideon Polya, “Revised Annual Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Pollution For All Countries – What Is Your Country Doing?”, Countercurrents, 6 January, 2016: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya060116.htm

“Free university education”: https://sites.google.com/site/freeuniversityeducation/ .

Carbon Debt quantitates responsibility for climate catastrophe:

Carbon Debt reflects the inescapable future cost in today's dollars of fixing the remorselessly increasing climate damage. Carbon Debt  is the historical contribution of countries  to the carbon pollution of the atmosphere and can be variously expressed as Gt CO2-e (gigatonnes or billions of tonnes of CO2-equivalent) or in dollar terms by applying a Carbon Price. Thus leading climate economist Dr Chris Hope from 90-Nobel-Laureate Cambridge  University has estimated a damage-related Carbon Price in US dollars of $150 per tonne CO2-e (see Dr Chris Hope, “How high should climate change taxes be?”, Working Paper Series, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, 9.2011: http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/fileadmin/user_upload/research/workingpapers/wp1109.pdf  ).

The World added 350 Gt C (1285 Gt CO2) to the atmosphere in 1751-2006 (see James Hansen, “Letter to PM Kevin Rudd by Dr James Hansen”, 2008: http://www.aussmc.org.au/documents/Hansen2008LetterToKevinRudd_000.pdf ) and currently adds a further 64 Gt CO2-e annually (see Robert Goodland and Jeff Anfang, “Livestock and climate change. What if the key actors in climate change are … cows, pigs and chickens?”, World Watch, November/December 2009: http://www.worldwatch.org/files/pdf/Livestock%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf ).

The World  has a 1751-2006 Carbon Debt of     350 Gt C x (3.67 Gt CO2/Gt C) x $150 per tonne CO2-e = $193 trillion plus a 2007-2015 Carbon Debt of (64 Gt CO2-e /year) x  ($150 /t CO2-e) x 8 years  = $76.8 trillion or a total 1751-2015 Carbon Debt of $270 trillion (about 3 times the annual world GDP of $85 trillion)  that is increasing by about 64 Gt CO2-e/year  x ($150 /t CO2-e)  = $9.6 trillion/year or about $10 trillion each year.

By way of a national example, Australia is a world-leading annual per capita  GHG polluter with a 1751-2006 Carbon Debt of 5.9 Gt C x (3.67 Gt CO2-e/Gt C) x ($150 /t CO2-e) = $3.2 trillion plus a 2007-2015 Carbon Debt of  2 Gt CO2-e/year  x ($150 /t CO2-e) x 8 years  = $2.4 trillion i.e. a total 1751-2015 Carbon Debt of $5.6 trillion (A$7.2 trillion) that is increasing at 2 Gt CO2-e /year x ($150 /t CO2-e) = $300 billion (A$385 billion) per year. Thus Australia (population 24 million) with 0.34% of the world's population has 2.1% of the world's Carbon Debt. The Australian Carbon Debt will have to be paid by the young and future generations and for under-30 year old Australians is increasing at about $30,000 (A$38,500) per person per year, noting that the annual Australian per capita income is about $65,000 (A$83,000) (see Gideon Polya, “2015 A-to-Z  alphabetical list of actions and advocacies for climate change activists”,  Countercurrents, 14 January, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya140115.htm ).

 

Alphabetical compendium of expert, science-informed opinions in essence  demanding a (peaceful) Climate Revolution now for a rapid return to a safe and sustainable planet:


350.org (US-origin major climate activist organization that seeks a mass mobilization-based radical transformation to return atmospheric CO2 to no more than 350 ppm CO2): “Freeze fossil fuel extraction to stop climate crimes… We are at a crossroads. We do not want to be compelled to survive in a world that has been made barely livable for us… We are confident in our capacity to stop climate crimes. In the past, determined women and men have resisted and overcome the crimes of slavery, totalitarianism, colonialism or apartheid. They decided to fight for justice and solidarity and knew no one would do it for them. Climate change is a similar challenge, and we are nurturing a similar uprising. We are working to change everything. We can open the way to a more livable future, and our actions are much more powerful than we think. Around the world, our communities are fighting against the real drivers of the climate crisis, protecting territories, working to reduce their emissions, building their resilience, achieving food autonomy through small scale ecological farming, etc.On the eve of the UN Climate Conference to be held in Paris-Le Bourget, we declare our determination to keep fossil fuels in the ground. This is the only way forward. Concretely, governments have to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, and to freeze fossil fuel extraction by leaving untouched 80% of all existing fossil fuel reserves. We know that this implies a great historical shift. We will not wait for states to make it happen. Slavery and apartheid did not end because states decided to abolish them. Mass mobilisations left political leaders no other choice. The situation today is precarious. We have, however, a unique opportunity to reinvigorate democracy, to dismantle the dominance of corporate political power, to transform radically our modes of production and consumption. Ending the era of fossil fuels is one important step towards the fair and sustainable society we need” (350.org, “Freeze fossil fuel extraction to stop climate crimes”: http://350.org/climate-crimes/ ).


AIKEN. Ann Aiken (U.S. District Judge):  “Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society” (Judge Ann Aiken quoted by Our Children’s Trust, “Juliana v. United States”, 2019: https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/juliana-v-us ).


AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS. Part of a  statement prepared by Dr Barrie Pittock PSM (former leader, Climate Impact Group, CSIRO, IPCC Lead Author, and author of Climate Change: Turning Up the Heat), and Dr Andrew Glikson (Earth and paleoclimate research scientist, former Principal Research Scientist, AGSO; Visiting Fellow, Australian National University), and endorsed by 40 leading Australian environment scientists: “Australia to make every effort through its own and international actions to prevent CO2 -- equivalent levels from rising above 450 ppm and global warming from rising above 2 degrees C relative to pre-industrial temperatures, as is the European target. Further reduction of CO2 levels to 300-350 ppm may be required to have a reasonable probability of restoring a safe climate” ( 350.org, “40 Australian scientists sign on to 350 target, call for urgency in the fight against climate change”, 22 October 2008: http://www.350.org/en/about/blogs/40-australian-scientists-sign-350-target-call-urgency-fight-against-climate-change ).

[Editor's note: a plus 2C temperature rise is disastrous (as is already for many  the present circa +1C); +2C is now inevitable; and atmospheric CO2-equivalent in 2013 reached 478 ppm CO2-e].


AVERY. Dr John Avery (physicist, Lektor Emeritus, Associate Professor, at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen and since  1990 the Contact Person in Denmark for Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs that in  1995 received the Nobel Peace Prize) on Paris Climate Agreement (2015):WE NEED SYSTEM CHANGE, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE! Civil society, excluded from the COP21 conference by the French government, carried banners with this slogan on the streets of Paris. They did so in defiance of tear-gas-using black-clad police. System change has been the motto for climate marches throughout the world. Our entire system is leading us towards disaster, and this includes both economic and governmental establishments. To save human civilization, the biosphere and the future, the people of the world must take matters into their own hands and change the system…Our present situation is this: The future looks extremely dark because of human folly, especially the long-term future. The greatest threats are catastrophic climate change and thermonuclear war, but a large-scale global famine also has to be considered. All these threats are linked.

Inaction is not an option. We have to act with courage and dedication, even if the odds are against success, because the stakes are so high. The mass media could mobilize us to action, but they have failed in their duty. Our educational system could also wake us up and make us act, but it too has failed us. The battle to save the earth from human greed and folly has to be fought through non-violent action on the streets and in the alternative media.

We need a new economic system, a new society, a new social contract, a new way of life. Here are the great tasks that history has given to our generation: We must achieve a steady-state economic system. We must restore democracy. We must decrease economic inequality. We must break the power of corporate greed. We must leave fossil fuels in the ground. We must stabilize and ultimately reduce the global population. We must eliminate the institution of war. And finally, we must develop a more mature ethical system to match our new technology

the nearly 2 trillion dollars that the world now spends on armaments and war could be used instead to speed the urgently needed transition to 100% renewable energy, and to help less-developed countries to face the consequences of climate change. There are reasons for hope. Both solar energy and wind energy are growing at a phenomenal rate, and the transition to 100% renewable energy could be achieved within a very few decades if this growth is maintained. But a level playing field is needed. At present fossil fuel corporations receive half a trillion dollars each year in subsidies. Nuclear power generation is also highly subsidized (and also closely linked to the danger of nuclear war). If these subsidies were abolished, or better yet, used to encourage renewable energy development, the renewables could win simply by being cheaper… None of us asked to be born in a time of crisis, but history has given great tasks to our generation. We must rise to meet the crisis. We must not fail in our duty to save the gifts of life and civilization that past generations have bequeathed to us. We must not fail in our duty future generations.” (John Avery, “We Need System Change!”, Countercurrents, 14 December, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/avery141215.htm ).


BANERJEE. Subhankar Banerjee ( photographer, writer, activist. Founder of founded ClimateStoryTellers.org, editor of the anthology “Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point” , recently Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fordham University in New York, and recipient of  a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the New Mexico State University, and a Cultural Freedom Award from Lannan Foundation) in a letter t young Americans (2010): “During the past decade, I gave lectures at the United Nations and at Universities of all sizes and reputation across the country. But I'm not a motivational speaker. And I sure am no Rilke. But I’ll try my best to inspire you to start a clean energy revolution –– yes I’m talking about a revolution… I'm urging you to start a clean energy revolution in the U.S…. You’re young. Your future is in your hands. Start your climate revolution now. Come November you must vote and you must vote with climate in your mind. It’ll be the beginning of a long journey for you just like it has been for me since I saw my first Mrinal Sen film when I was a little kid in India. In the process you’ll secure a better future for yourself and for so many others” (“Letter to young Americans”, Commondreams, 10 September 2010: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2010/09/10/letter-young-americans ).


 BIOFUEL GENOCIDE. “Biofuel Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/biofuelgenocide/ .


BOLIVIA. Bolivia’s  Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the 2015 COP21 Paris Climate Change Conference (2015) stated "The capitalist system promotes consumerism, warmongering and commercialism, causing the destruction of Mother Earth and humanity. The capitalist system is a system of death. Hence, capitalism is leading humanity towards a horizon of destruction that sentences nature and life itself to death. In this regard, for a lasting solution to the climate crisis we must destroy capitalism" and further set out  a 10-point plan:

“1. Adoption of a new model of civilisation in the world without consumerism, war-mongering, and mercantilism, a world without capitalism; build and consolidate a world order of Living Well that defends and promotes the integral rights of our peoples, undertaking the path of harmony with nature and respect for life.

2. Construction of a climate system based on responsibility to Mother Earth, the culture of life and the full realization of humanity in their holistic development, humanising the economy, surpassing the simplistic approach to decarbonisation of the economy.

3. Protection of the Rights of Mother Earth in an articulated and complementary manner to the rights of peoples to their development.

4. Defense of universal common goods such as the seas and oceans, water, atmospheric space, as well as the technological monopoly, promoting people's access to the common heritage.

5. Elimination of patents on technologies and recognition of the human right to science and technology of life.

6. Effective implementation by governments of the human right to water.

7. Establishment of the International Court of Justice Climate and Mother Earth to enable countries to fulfill their international commitments to climate change in a context of respect for the rights of peoples and of Mother Earth.

8. Allocate the resources of the military machinery of the imperial powers and the war-mongers to finance the activities of the peoples against climate change.

9. Eradication of commodification of nature and carbon markets promoting business climate millionaires, which do not solve the problem of the climate crisis.

10. Decolonize natural resources environmental colonial biased views that see the peoples of the South as forest rangers of Northern countries and communities as enemies of nature” (see Jessica Shankleman, “Bolivia: Capitalism must be “destroyed” to solve climate change. Socialist country sets out 10 point plan in UN submission, including making water a human right” Business Green, 13 October 2015: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2430237/bolivia-capitalism-must-be-destroyed-to-solve-climate-change ).


CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION. Climate Emergency Declaration Petition (2016):  “At the Paris Climate talks, scientists and people from low-lying island states set 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming as a red line that must not be crossed, but in February, the global temperature spiked past 1.6 degrees Celsius.  The Great Barrier Reef  has bleached and large sections are dying. Nothing but emergency action can preserve a liveable planet. Call on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a massive society-wide climate action mobilisation… (“Climate Emergency Declaration” , 2016: https://climateemergency.good.do/climateemergencypetition/climateemergencydeclarationpetition/ ).


CLIMATE GENOCIDE. “Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/ .


CLIMATE JUSTICE & INTERGENERATIONAL EQUITY. “Climate Justice & Intergenerational Equity”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/climate-justice


CLIMATE REVOLUTION. Vivienne Westwood (UK activist) has founded “Climate Revolution” and has enunciated the following Climate Revolution Charter:CLIMATE REVOLUTION CHARTER. Climate Revolution really is revolution, nothing more or less than changing the word order so that the human race can survive & evolve, toppling the global financial rulers who cause poverty & Climate Change: Debt & Destruction, Everything is connected.  Economic crisis & climate crisis are the cause & effect of each other; they are like serpents who eat each other’s tails; The only way out of this double crisis is to fight the Climate Revolution. WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE PLANET IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY. WHAT’S BAD FOR THE PLANET IS BAD FOR THE ECONOMY. Everything is connected – all NGOs are connected. Fight for Chelsea Manning & you fight for the bees. Save the Arctic & you save the small farmers. Culture is connected: know the past to know the present . Read, go to art galleries & know the names of trees & you cultivate lasting values instead of short-term consumption. You are connected – by following the site.  Everything you think & say & do makes a difference. Information is power, “ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL”.  By exposing the lies of present governments to the true facts our whistleblowers may help us to build new government. Democracy through  social media. Climate Revolution” (“Read this first”, Climate Revolution: http://climaterevolution.co.uk/wp/2014/03/17/read-this-first/  and “Climate Revolution”: http://climaterevolution.co.uk/wp/ ).


CLIMATE REVOLUTION INITIATIVE . “Climate Revolution Initiative” founded by Manu Sharma (climate activist,  renewable energy expert and founder of “Green-India”) (2012): “ Our mission is to see India adopt reduction in greenhouse gas concentration as the overriding central goal from which all internal developmental and growth policies as well as foreign relation policies originate. A climate revolution in India and a leadership position by Indian government will permanently alter the international dynamics of this issue and inspire people in other nations to follow India's lead... We recognise that this is a tall order. That there are powerful lobbies within the government, industry and media, not to mention our misplaced societal values that are deeply entrenched in the status quo, our out dated definitions and old modes of thinking. Yet we believe once we are able to successfully communicate the challenge facing us and once the public rallies behind the change we seek, none of these obstacles will be insurmountable… We are quickly edging forward on the precipice of a cliff ready to fall towards a climate catastrophe unimagined today. Only through a planet wide emergency response, beginning immediately, can we hope to prevent it… The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) cannot possibly address climate crisis adequately in time. Copenhagen was a failure and so would be Mexico… The Indian government remains ignorant and in denial of climate science while being steadfastly committed to multiplying emissions domestically and thwarting an ambitious deal internationally” (“Climate Revolution”: http://www.climaterevolution.net/about/  and http://www.climaterevolution.net/positions/ ).



CLIMATE REVOLUTION NOW. "Climate Revolution Now": https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/climate-revolution .

 

COPENHAGEN SCIENTIFIC CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE. Synthesis Report of the March 2009 Copenhagen Scientific Climate Change Conference: “Inaction is inexcusable” (Synthesis Report of the March 2009 Copenhagen Scientific Climate Change Conference: http://climatecongress.ku.dk/pdf/synthesisreport ) .


DAKILA. Dakila Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism re Climate Revolution (2015): The rainy season has come once again and for many communities in the Philippines, this means getting ready for strong typhoons. This also means evacuation, damaged crops, and floods. June to September has always been the months where typhoons visit the country most but with changing weather patterns, typhoon season has extended to November and December. Haiyan happened in November, Hagupit in December.  … While the global movement for climate action has set the wheels in motion to address the catastrophic climate change, for developing countries like the Philippines, where majority of the population face great risks from the impacts of climate change, the real challenge is survival. The importance and urgency of addressing climate change demands more than action. We need to fundamentally change the way we live, and the way things work in our planet. As world leaders fail to unite for climate justice, it is time to put the fate of our planet into our own hands. We need to switch the power back to the people. It is time to start a climate revolution” (Dakila, 2015: http://www.dakila.org.ph/climate_revolution ).


EXTINCTION REBELLION. Extinction Rebellion (that has organized huge demonstrations  in the UK and aims for huge, peaceful citizen mobilisation) in its own words: “Extinction Rebellion  is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse… On 31st October 2018, we assembled on Parliament Square in London to announce a Declaration of Rebellion against the UK Government. We were expecting a couple of hundred people. Instead, 1500 came to participate in peaceful civil disobedience. The energy was contagious! The next few weeks were a whirlwind. Six thousand of us converged on London to peacefully block five major bridges across the Thames… So what’s next? We are working relentlessly, building our movement in preparation for phase two, an international rebellion that will begin on 15th April 2019. So come and join us. Rebel for life. For the planet. For our children’s children’s futures. There is so much work to be done ” (“Extinction rebellion”: https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/about-us/ ).

Extinction Rebellion sets out a very  detailed statement of the climate emergency facing the world: “The science is clear: It is understood that we are facing an unprecedented global emergency. We are in a life or death situation of our own making. We must act now… Warnings… The air. Our house is on fire… Mass extinction… Insect die-off… Food… Food insecurity… Water. Drought and scarcity… Rising seas… Ocean acidification… Sea ice… Pollution… The earth. We’re losing our soil… “ (“Extinction rebellion”: https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/the-emergency/ ).

Extinction Rebellion on the need for citizen action: “’ We are unprepared for the danger our future holds. We face floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failure, mass displacement and the breakdown of society. The time for denial is over. It is time to act. Conventional approaches of voting, lobbying, petitions and protest have failed because powerful political and economic interests prevent change. Our strategy is therefore one of non-violent, disruptive civil disobedience – a rebellion. Historical evidence shows that we need the involvement of 3.5% of the population to succeed – in the UK that’s about 2 million people” “(Extinction Rebellion”: https://rebellion.earth/act-now/ ).  


GLIKSON. Andrew Glikson (Australian Earth and Paleoclimate scientist) on looming climate catastrophe, climate genocide and “existential calamity for civilization and nature”(2016): “Little mention is made of the existential threats posed by the climate and nuclear issues in the context of the current elections in the US and Australia. According to the world’s climate research institutions and the bulk of the peer reviewed scientific literature, the Earth has now entered a critical stage at which amplifying feedback effects to global warming transcend points of no return. Manifestations of a shift in state of the climate include; current rise in CO2 at 3.3 parts per million per year, the fastest recorded for the last 65 million years; extreme rises in Arctic temperatures; a plethora of extreme weather events such as cyclones, floods and fires; demise of habitats such as the Great Barrier Reef where corals die due to high water temperatures and coral bleaching; and other developments. The extreme rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide since the onset of the industrial age, and the corresponding rise in mean global temperatures as a direct result of the rise in carbon gases, pose an existential risk to the future of nature and civilization. The consequences of further burning of the vast carbon reserves buried in sediments and in permafrost and bogs can only result in a mass extinction of species  which rivals that of the five great mass extinctions in Earth history… It follows that, where and when the majority of authoritative scientific institutions (NASA, NOAA, NSIDC, Hadley-Met, Tyndale, Potsdam, CSIRO, World Academy of Science, IPCC and so on), based on the bulk of the evidence, indicate beyond reasonable doubt that open-ended emissions of greenhouse gases inevitably lead to a major shift in the terrestrial climate, and thereby the demise of humans and of species, a toleration and/or condoning of continuing emissions by governments contravenes at the very least the spirit of international laws… 1. Since the mid-1980s an abrupt rise in the temperature levels of the atmosphere, driven by an increase in concentration of greenhouse gases arising from release of >600billion ton of carbon (GtC) to the atmosphere is leading to an extreme shift in state of the atmosphere-ocean system, such has no precedence in the recorded geological history, with the exception of events which resulted in the mass extinction of species, including massive volcanism, extra-terrestrial impacts and large-scale release of methane. 2. As a direct consequence of the above, as well as reduction of the transient protection by industrial sulphur dioxide since mid-1980s, mean global temperatures have risen since about 1970 by more than 0.6o Currently, had it not been for the aerosols, mean global temperature would have been higher by an additional near to 1oC. 3. Allowing for the masking effect of sulphur aerosols, the total rise in temperature since the onset of the industrial age ~1750 is reaching levels similar to those of the Pliocene period (~2.6 – 5.3 million years ago). The shift is occurring at the fastest rate recorded by paleoclimate studies. Whereas many species can adapt to gradual environmental changes, the current temperature rise rate resulting from ~2-3 parts per million (ppm) CO2/year may not be sustained. 4. The current change is manifested by an increase in the rate of melting of the major ice sheets, accelerating sea level rise and a rise in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, reflecting elevated energy level of the atmosphere-ocean system. 5.The consequences of continuing carbon emissions and consequent rise of mean global temperatures would render large parts of the Earth’s land surfaces uninhabitable due to temperature rise, droughts, storms and flooding of coastal, deltas and lower river regions by sea level rise – estimated as about 25+/-12 meters under Pliocene conditions, constituting an existential calamity for civilization and nature. 6. Excepting injection of transient short residence-time sulphur aerosols, the arrest of current climate trend would require (A) a meaningful reduction in current rate of carbon emission(~9 GtC/year) and (B) development of new methodologies for draw-down of atmospheric CO2, by at least 50 ppm, requiring research efforts on a global scale” (Andrew Glikson, “The climate Titanic and the melting icebergs”, Countercurrents, 30 June 2016: http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/06/30/the-climate-titanic-and-the-melting-icebergs/ ).


Dr Andrew Glikson (Earth and climate scientist, Australian National University, Canberra) (2019): As the concentration of atmospheric CO2 has risen to 408 ppm and the total greenhouse gas level, including methane and nitrous oxide, combine to near 500 parts per million CO2-equivalent, the stability threshold of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, currently melting at an accelerated rate, has been exceeded. The consequent expansion of tropics and the shift of climate zones toward the shrinking poles lead to increasingly warm and dry conditions under which fire storms, currently engulfing large parts of South America (Fig. 1), California, Alaska, Siberia, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Angola, Australia and elsewhere have become a dominant factor in the destruction of terrestrial habitats…

Allowing for the transient albedo enhancing effects of sulphur dioxide and other aerosols, mean global temperature has potentially reached ~2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures. Current greenhouse gas forcing and global mean temperatures are approaching Miocene-like (5.3-23 million years-ago) composition. The current carbon dioxide rise rate exceeds the fastest rates estimated for the K-T asteroid impact (66.4 million years-ago) and the PETM (Paleocene-Eocene Temperature Maximum) hyperthermal event (55.9 million years ago) by an order of magnitude…

To try and avoid a global calamity abrupt reduction in carbon emissions is essential, but since the high level of CO2-equivalent is activating amplifying feedbacks from land and ocean, global attempts to down-draw about of 50 to 100 ppm of CO2 from the atmosphere, using every effective negative emissions, is essential. Such efforts would  include streaming air through basalt and serpentine, biochar cultivation, sea weed sequestration, reforestation, sodium hydroxide pipe systems and other methods. But while $trillions continue to be poured into preparation of future wars, currently no government is involved in any serious attempt at the defense of life on Earth” (Andrew Glikson, “The fatal nexus – atmospheric CO2 and the mass extinction of species”, Countercurrents, 6 November 2019: https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/the-fatal-nexus-atmospheric-co2-and-the-mass-extinction-of-species ).


GREEN LEFT WEEKLY. Green Left Weekly (progressive newspaper published by the Democratic Socialist Party (Australia)) front page (1 September  2015): “CLIMATE ACTION NEEDS SYSTEM CHANGE”.


GRUNDY. George Grundy (English-Australian author, media professional and businessman) (2020):With our small population and faraway land, Australia often makes the news only when someone is attacked by a shark. This summer we’ve been on the front page of virtually every major newspaper in the world. Australia in 2020 is the home of the first existential climate change emergency. Once commonplace animals are becoming endangered. River systems die. The country is aflame. CO2 in the world’s atmosphere is 408 parts per million. The last time that happened there were trees growing at the south pole and the oceans were 60-feet higher than they are today. And there were no humans. Business as usual is not going to cut it. At another time when the world seemed to be on the brink of collapse, Thomas Paine said ‘we have it in our power to begin the world over again’. Australians have it in our power to effect great change. To begin over again. Without it, we are lost. We need revolution” (George Grundy, “It’s time for revolution. Our climate crisis and our future demands [sic] it”, New Matilda, 20 January 2020: https://newmatilda.com/2020/01/20/its-time-for-revolution-our-climate-crisis-and-our-future-demands-it/ ).


HANSEN. Dr James Hansen  (top US climate scientist; former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; member of the prestigious  US National Academy of Sciences; 2007 Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, New York, USA) in relation to the recent book Climate Code Red. The case for emergency action” by David Spratt and Philip Sutton (Scribe, Melbourne, 2008): “A compelling case … we face a climate emergency.” (Climate Code Red: http://www.climatecodered.net/ ).

Dr James Hansen (2009): “The fraudulence of the Copenhagen approach – "goals" for emission reductions, "offsets" that render ironclad goals almost meaningless, the ineffectual "cap-and-trade" mechanism – must be exposed. We must rebel against such politics as usual. Science reveals that climate is close to tipping points. It is a dead certainty that continued high emissions will create a chaotic dynamic situation for young people, with deteriorating climate conditions out of their control… The fraudulence of the Copenhagen approach – "goals" for emission reductions, "offsets" that render ironclad goals almost meaningless, the ineffectual "cap-and-trade" mechanism – must be exposed. We must rebel against such politics as usual. Science reveals that climate is close to tipping points. It is a dead certainty that continued high emissions will create a chaotic dynamic situation for young people, with deteriorating climate conditions out of their control” (James Hansen , “It's Possible To Avert The Climate Crisis”, Countercurrents, 29 November, 2009: http://www.countercurrents.org/hansen291109.htm ).

James Hansen - fuller quote (2009): “Absolutely. It [requisite action] is possible – if we give politicians a cold, hard slap in the face. The fraudulence of the Copenhagen approach – "goals" for emission reductions, "offsets" that render ironclad goals almost meaningless, the ineffectual "cap-and-trade" mechanism – must be exposed. We must rebel against such politics as usual. Science reveals that climate is close to tipping points. It is a dead certainty that continued high emissions will create a chaotic dynamic situation for young people, with deteriorating climate conditions out of their control. Science also reveals what is needed to stabilise atmospheric composition and climate. Geophysical data on the carbon amounts in oil, gas and coal show that the problem is solvable, if we phase out global coal emissions within 20 years and prohibit emissions from unconventional fossil fuels such as tar sands and oil shale… Cap and trade is an inefficient compromise, paying off numerous special interests. It must be replaced with an honest approach, raising the price of carbon emissions and leaving the dirtiest fossil fuels in the ground. Are we going to stand up and give global politicians a hard slap in the face, to make them face the truth? It will take a lot of us – probably in the streets. Or are we going to let them continue to kid themselves and us and cheat our children and grandchildren? Intergenerational inequity is a moral issue. Just as when Abraham Lincoln faced slavery and when Winston Churchill faced Nazism, the time for compromises and half-measures is over. Can we find a leader who understands the core issue and will lead?” (James Hansen, “It’s possible to avert the climate crisis”, Countercurrents, 29 November 2009:  https://www.countercurrents.org/hansen291109.htm ; James Hansen, “Copenhagen Summit: Is there any real chance of averting the climate crisis?”, Guardian, 29 November 2009: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/nov/29/copenhagen-summit-climate-change ).

James Hansen and colleagues (2015):  “There is evidence of ice melt, sea level rise to +5–9 m, and extreme storms in the prior interglacial period that was less than 1 °C warmer than today. Human-made climate forcing is stronger and more rapid than paleo forcings, but much can be learned by combining insights from paleoclimate, climate modeling, and on-going observations. We argue that ice sheets in contact with the ocean are vulnerable to non-linear disintegration in response to ocean warming, and we posit that ice sheet mass loss can be approximated by a doubling time up to sea level rise of at least several meters. Doubling times of 10, 20 or 40 years yield sea level rise of several meters in 50, 100 or 200 years. Paleoclimate data reveal that subsurface ocean warming causes ice shelf melt and ice sheet discharge. Our climate model exposes amplifying feedbacks in the Southern Ocean that slow Antarctic bottom water formation and increase ocean temperature near ice shelf grounding lines, while cooling the surface ocean and increasing sea ice cover and water column stability. Ocean surface cooling, in the North Atlantic as well as the Southern Ocean, increases tropospheric horizontal temperature gradients, eddy kinetic energy and baroclinicity, which drive more powerful storms. We focus attention on the Southern Ocean's role in affecting atmospheric CO2 amount, which in turn is a tight control knob on global climate. The millennial (500–2000 year) time scale of deep ocean ventilation affects the time scale for natural CO2 change, thus the time scale for paleo global climate, ice sheet and sea level changes. This millennial carbon cycle time scale should not be misinterpreted as the ice sheet time scale for response to a rapid human-made climate forcing. Recent ice sheet melt rates have a doubling time near the lower end of the 10–40 year range. We conclude that 2 °C global warming above the preindustrial level, which would spur more ice shelf melt, is highly dangerous. Earth's energy imbalance, which must be eliminated to stabilize climate, provides a crucial metric(Hansen, J., Sato, M., Hearty, P., Ruedy, R., Kelley, M., Masson-Delmotte, V., Russell, G., Tselioudis, G., Cao, J., Rignot, E., Velicogna, I., Kandiano, E., von Schuckmann, K., Kharecha, P., Legrande, A. N., Bauer, M., and Lo, K.-W., “Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 °C global warming is highly dangerous”, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 20059-20179, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-20059-2015, 2015: http://www.atmos-chem-phys-discuss.net/15/20059/2015/acpd-15-20059-2015.html ).

Professor James Hansen (leading climate scientist) (2016): Our Children’s Trust lawsuit against the U.S. government, which argues that climate change jeopardizes the next generation’s inalienable rights under the U.S. Constitution to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.… Technically, it is still possible to solve the climate problem, but there are two essential requirements: (1) a simple across-the-board rising carbon fee collected from fossil fuel companies at the source, and (2) government support for RD&D (research, development and demonstration) of clean energy technologies, including advanced generation, safe nuclear power… Courts are crucial to solution of the climate problem. The climate “problem” was and is an opportunity for transformation to a clean energy future. However, the heavy hand of the fossil fuel industry works mostly in legal ways such as the “I’m an Energy Voter” campaign in the U.S. Failure of executive and legislative branches to deal with climate change makes it essential for courts, less subject to pressure and bribery from special financial interests, to step in and protect young people, as they did minorities in the case of civil rights” (James Hansen, “4 reasons the Paris Agreement won’t solve climate change”, Countercurrents, 7 October 2016: https://countercurrents.org/2016/10/4-reasons-the-paris-agreement-wont-solve-climate-change ).


HAWKING. Stephen Hawking ( famed physicist, formerly of 118 Nobel Laureate University of Cambridge, UK) (2007, 2018):  “We see great peril if governments and societies do not take action now to render nuclear weapons obsolete and to prevent further climate change” (Professor Stephen Hawking quoted in  Will Dunham, “Nuclear, climate perils push Doomsday Clock ahead”, Reuters, 22 January 2007: https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN17314370 ; Stephen Hawking, “Brief Answers to the Big Questions”, John Murray, 2018, Chapter 7 ).


ISLAMIC DECLARATION ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change (2015): “Leading climate scientists now believe that a rise of two degrees centigrade in global temperature, which is considered to be the “tipping point”, is now very unlikely to be avoided if we continue with business-as-usual; other leading climate scientists consider 1.5 degrees centigrade to be a more likely “tipping point”. This is the point considered to be the threshold for catastrophic climate change, which will expose yet more millions of people and countless other creatures to drought, hunger and flooding. The brunt of this will continue to be borne by the poor, as the Earth experiences a drastic increase in levels of carbon in the atmosphere brought on in the period since the onset of the industrial revolution… We particularly call on the well-off nations and oil-producing states to – Lead the way in phasing out their greenhouse gas emissions as early as possible and no later than the middle of the centuryWe call on the people of all nations and their leaders to – Aim to phase out greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible in order to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere; Commit themselves to 100 % renewable energy and/or a zero emissions strategy as early as possible, to mitigate the environmental impact of their activities… We call upon corporations, finance, and the business sector to – Shoulder the consequences of their profit-making activities, and take a visibly more active role in reducing their carbon footprint and other forms of impact upon the natural environment; In order to mitigate the environmental impact of their activities, commit themselves to 100 % renewable energy and/or a zero emissions strategy as early as possible and shift investments into renewable energy” (International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, “Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change”, 2015: http://islamicclimatedeclaration.org/islamic-declaration-on-global-climate-change/ ).


KLEIN. Naomi Klein (anti-racist Jewish Canadian writer and activist)   on the critical moment for revolutionary change in the conclusion to “This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs. the Climate” (2014): “Given these factors , there is little doubt that another crisis will see us in the streets and  squares once again, taking us all in surprise. The real question is what progressive forces will make of that moment, the power and confidence with which it will be seized. Because these moments when the impossible seems suddenly possible are excruciatingly rare and precious. That means that more must be made of them. The next time one arises, it must be harnessed not only to denounce the world as it is, and build fleeting pockets of liberated space. It must be the catalyst to actually build the world that will keep us all safe. The stakes are simply too high, and the time too short, to settle for anything less” (page 466, Naomi Klein, “This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs. the Climate”, Allen Lane, London 2014; for review see  Gideon Polya, “This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs. the Climate” by Naomi Klein - Green Socialist Revolution ASAP”,  Countercurrents, 11 December, 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya111214.htm ).


JULIANA. Kelsey Juliana (climate activist and a plaintiff in the Juliana versus the United States legal action):I believe that climate change is the most pressing issue my generation will ever face, indeed that the world has ever faced. This is an environmental issue and it is also a human rights issue” (Kelsey Juliana quoted in Our Children’s Trust, “Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana”: https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/kelsey ).


MCKIBBEN. Bill McKibben (founder, 350.org, that espouses 24 October, UN Day, as also 350 Day for international action of global warming), 23 October 2009: “Physics and chemistry have already announced their bottom line. In the last two years a slew of research has shown that the most carbon we can safely have in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million - indeed, a NASA team said that above that figure we can’t have “a planet similar to the one on which civilization developed or to which life on earth is adapted.’’ We’re already well past the 350 figure, at 390 parts per million, which is why Arctic sea ice is melting, glaciers thawing, and the ocean turning steadily more acidic. To meet the 350 goal will mean a far more aggressive approach than the one Obama and Congress have so far taken (the bill making its way through Congress explicitly aims for a world with 450 parts per million carbon)” (Bill McKibben, “Mr. Obama, be tough on climate change”, The Boston Globe, 23 October 2009: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/10/23/mr_obama_be_tough_on_climate_change/  ).


OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST. Our Children’s Trust (leads “ a game-changing legal campaign seeking systemic, science-based emissions reductions and climate recovery policy at all levels of government”) (2019): “Youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Earth Guardians is also an organizational plaintiff in the case. Their complaint asserts that, through the government's affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources. The fossil fuel industry initially intervened in the case as defendants, joining the U.S. government in trying to have the case dismissed. In April 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin recommended denial of both motions to dismiss. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken upheld Judge Coffin's recommendation, with the issuance of an historic November 10, 2016 opinion and order denying the motions. When the defendants sought an interlocutory appeal of that order, Judge  Aiken denied their motions in June 2017” (Our Children’s Trust, “Juliana v. United States”, 2019: https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/juliana-v-us ).


PATEL, Ricken Patel (Indian climate activist) (2015): Creating a world powered on clean energy to save ourselves from climate catastrophe is a central challenge of our time, and requires a revolutionary transition in our economies. We can’t wait for our leaders to solve this problem; unless they feel serious public pressure, they’ll never go far enough or fast enough. Revolutions start with people, not politicians.To survive the 21st century, we must discover the sense of common purpose that has driven revolutionary change through history, building a mass movement to stretch what our politicians believe is possible. We must lead, not follow, and bring leaders with us. In the years leading up to 2014, as the gap between what the science demanded and our politicians delivered widened, fatalism began to creep into parts of the climate movement. Then a handful of organisers took a major bet on the power of people - calling for the largest climate change mobilisation in history to kick start political momentum. And wow, did it work. The People’s Climate March in September last year was, without any doubt, a game-changer... That’s why, on November 29, the day before world leaders converge in Paris, people will come together again in the streets for the people's Global Climate March - to break last year's record for the largest climate change mobilisation in history. In thousands of cities and towns across the planet, we’ll gather or march for our communities and those already at risk from climate change, for the future of our children and grandchildren, and for a safer world powered by clean energy. We'll show politicians that this is a movement that is here to stay and growing fast. And we'll inspire others to join this "open source" movement with no gatekeepers, no permissions needed - everyone is invited, not just to participate, but to organise and to lead. Because for the climate revolution to change everything, we need everyone. On November 29, we will march!” (Ricken Patel, “The climate revolution id coming, Get ready”, DailyO,  10 August 2015: http://www.dailyo.in/politics/climate-change-unfccc-greenhouse-gases-paris-climate-summit-kyoto-protocol-fossil-fuels/story/1/5575.html ).


PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH.SIGN.  Sign at People’s Climate March: "The oceans are rising and so are we!"


POLYA. Dr Gideon Polya (Melbourne biochemist, Humanist  and climate activist) arguing for a Climate Revolution now  (2015):(1) We must do everything we can to make the future  “less bad” even though  it is very likely that the world has run out of time to avoid a catastrophic plus 2C temperature rise, noting that the present plus 1C is already disastrous for millions throughout the world because of sea level rise, storm intensification and drought.  The national promises for the 2015 Paris Climate Conferences  predicate a plus 3C temperature rise and a sea level rise of about 2 metres this century.

(2) Already 0.5 million people die annually from climate change and 7 million die from air pollution from carbon fuel burning. The species extinction rate is 100-1,000 times higher than normal. About 17 million people die avoidably from deprivation each year but if climate change is not requisitely  addressed, some 10 billion people will die as a result this century  or an average of 100 million such deaths each year this century.

 (3) Assuming a damage-related Carbon Price of US$200 per tonne CO2-e, the World has a Carbon Debt of $540 trillion that is increasing at about $20 trillion per year, Carbon Debt that must be inescapably be paid by future generations in an horrific example of climate criminality, intergenerational injustice,  intergenerational inequity, climate racism, and climate injustice.

(4) Humanity, and especially young people,  must demand radical economic restructuring on an emergency basis (as exampled by the US WW2 domestic war effort) to requisitely and rapidly deal with this climate emergency. Humanity can effect this revolutionary and implicitly social humanist change at the ballot box and by (a) informing everyone they can, (b) having zero tolerance for complicity in  deadly and racist climate criminality and climate terrorism, and (c)  urging and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, countries, companies, corporations and collectives disproportionately complicit in the worsening climate crisis.

(5) This science-informed  Climate Revolution must  be effected without jeopardizing democracy or human rights and will involve a  rapid shift to 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency, public transport, needs-based production, and re-afforestation with this coupled to rapid cessation of fossil fuel burning, deforestation, methanogenic livestock production and population growth with urgent reduction of atmospheric CO2 to a safe,  pre-Industrial  Revolution level of about 300 ppm CO2 (e.g. by biochar formation and sequestration) (see “Climate Revolution Now”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/climate-revolution ).

Dr Gideon Polya arguing for a Climate Revolution ASAP in reviewing  Naomi Klein’s book  “This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs. the Climate”, (2014): Naomi Klein's important new book “This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs. the Climate” [1] sets out the dire state of the planet due to neoliberal-driven, man-made climate change. Her very well written but lengthy book is an indignant catalogue of the machinations of the Big Polluters and their Big Green collaborators, and concludes with the faint hope of a Revolution “when societies suddenly decide they have had enough” ([1], page 464). However before the societal tipping point is reached for Naomi Klein's Green Revolution, science-informed people must urge and apply comprehensive Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the terracidal politicians, parties, countries and corporations that are destroying a decent future” (Gideon Polya, “This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs. the Climate” by Naomi Klein - Green Socialist Revolution ASAP”,  Countercurrents, 11 December, 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya111214.htm ). 


Dr Gideon Polya (2008):The catastrophic melting of the Arctic sea ice and the accelerating loss of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets are predicted to cause sea level rises of 6 meters this century and an ecological catastrophe that will see massive ecocide, species extinctions and the deaths of over 6 billion people (see: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/
16956300/the_prophet_of_climate_change_james_lovelock
; http://climateemergency.blogspot.com/ ). The politicians refuse to lead – so the People must lead. Tell everyone you can – the catastrophe of accelerating polar ice loss demands an immediate Global Declaration of a State of Climate Emergency, the rapid cessation of coal power and NEGATIVE CO2 emissions” (Gideon Polya, “
Huge Polar Ice Loss Demands Global Declaration Of Climate Emergency”, Countercurrents, 11 February, 2008: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya110208.htm ).


Dr Gideon Polya (2019): "Carbon Debt is simply the damage-related cost of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution that if not addressed now will inescapably have to be paid by future generations. However GHG emissions continue to rise inexorably and there is no global program to draw down CO2 and other GHGs from the atmosphere. While young people are now vociferously demanding massive climate action, inescapable global  Carbon Debt is $200- $250 trillion and increasing by $16 trillion each year.... Australia, that is among world leaders in 14 GHG pollution-related areas,  has a Carbon Debt of US$5.1 trillion (A$7 trillion) that is increasing at US$400 billion (A$556 billion) per year and at US$40,000 (A$56,000) per head per year for under-30 year old Australians... Decent  people must oppose the neoliberal Gadarene rush to  global suicide by (a) informing everyone they can, and (b)  urging  and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, collectives, corporations and countries disproportionately involved in the worsening climate emergency, climate genocide  and Biosphere destruction... The young have no choice but to revolt (non-violently of course) - as exampled by the present Extinction Rebellion by young people in London - against the  destruction of the Biosphere (speciescide, ecocide, omnicide, and terracide)...  There is no Planet B and there must be zero tolerance for the neoliberal, genocidal and terracidal climate criminals.  In climate criminal Australia that is among world leaders in GHG pollution, Biosphere  destruction  and climate change  inaction, decent people will utterly reject the climate criminal Coalition Government, vote 1 Green and put the Coalition and its extremist  associates last (see Gideon Polya, “Inescapable $200-$250 trillion global Carbon Debt increasing by $16 trillion annually”, Countercurrents, 27 April 2019: https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/27/inescapable-200-250-trillion-global-carbon-debt-increasing-by-16-trillion-annually-gideon-polya/ ).


Dr Gideon Polya letter to MPs,media & activists re 2019 Climate Strike: "Dear fellow humanitarian, On Friday  20 September 3 million people worldwide and 0.3 million in Australia  participated in  the Climate Strike rallies organized by local high school students. My 2-sided placard at the Melbourne rally (100,000 people) said NO COAL OR GAS / 300 ppm CO2   – as soon as possible we must stop fossil fuel exploitation and return atmospheric CO2 to the pre-Industrial Revolution level of about 300 ppm CO2 (from the present disastrous 410 ppm CO2) for a safe and sustainable environment for all peoples and all species.

Assuming a damage-related Carbon Price of US$200 per tonne CO2-equivalent (Dr Chris Hope, Cambridge),  the World has a Carbon Debt of about $200 trillion that is increasing at $10 trillion per year. By way of example, Australia,  has a Carbon Debt (in US dollars) of $5 trillion that is increasing at $400 billion per year and at $40,000 per head per year for under-30 year old Australians. Australia has 0.3% of the world’s population but,  with its greenhouse gas (GHG) exports included, contributes 5% of global GHG pollution.

Australia is  among world leaders for the following 15 climate criminal activities: (1) annual per capita greenhouse gas pollution, (2) methanogenic livestock exports,  (3) natural gas exports, (4) recoverable shale gas reserves that can be accessed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), (5) coal exports, (6) land clearing, deforestation and ecocide, (7) speciescide or species extinction, (8) coral reef destruction , (9) whale killing  and extinction threat through global warming impacting on krill stocks, (10) terminal carbon pollution budget exceedance,   (11) per capita Carbon Debt, (12) ultimately GHG generating iron ore exports, (13) climate change inaction,  (14) Climate Genocide (its coal exports ultimately kill 75,000 people per year), and (15) increasing GHG pollution post-Paris .

When the young fully appreciate the enormous burden of inescapable Carbon Debt imposed on them by their forebears then there will be not 3 million but 30 million, and even 300 million, out in the streets. The grownups have failed – only the children can save the Planet through Climate Revolution now (non-violent of course),  rejecting climate criminality, intergenerational inequity, intergenerational injustice,  Climate Genocide, speciescide,  ecocide, omnicide and terracide  (for details and documentation see Gideon Polya, “Millions join Global School Climate Strike – we are running out of time”, Countercurrents, 22 September 2019: https://countercurrents.org/2019/09/millions-join-global-school-climate-strike-we-are-running-out-of-time ).

Dr Gideon Polya (quotes from a Senate Inquiry Submission) (2019): “Australia is among world leaders for animal species extinction, with 40 animal extinctions to its name ranking it 4th in the world  after the US (237), French Polynesia (59) and Mauritius (44) [9]. While arguably involved in the disappearance of the megafauna, Indigenous Australians practiced sustainable use of the Australian ecosystems for 65,000 years. This horrendous Australian speciescide has come about through hunting particular species to extinction (notably the Tasmanian tiger) [6],  ecocide and hence speciescide through land clearing in forestry,  agriculture, industry and urban development (notably the iconic koala, Phascolarctos cinereus) [10] , over-exploitation and pollution of scarce water resources [11], and the deadly impact of feral animals (notably foxes, dogs, cats and the cane toad)… 

Australia is  among world leaders for the following 14 activities or parameter variously  impacting the climate and hence species and ecosystem survival : (1) annual per capita greenhouse gas pollution…  (14) climate genocide and approach towards omnicide and terracide …  If one includes  GHG pollution from combustion of its world-leading coal and gas exports, Australia (population 25 million) with 0.33% of the world’s population is responsible for 4.6% of the world’s GHG pollution… various climate experts (e.g. Dr James Lovelock, UK, , Professor Kevin Anderson, UK, Professor Clive Hamilton Australia, and Professor David  Karoly, Australia) state that the sustainable human carrying capacity of the earth by 2100 may be a mere 1 billion or fewer…

 There are some  obvious ways of  urgently dealing with this appalling Australian ecocide and speci[e]scide catastrophe that is disproportionately contributing to a relentless global movement  towards omnicide and terracide: (1) rapid  cessation of  exports of coal, gas and methanogenically-derived meat; (2) rapid cessation of deforestation and other land clearing ;  (3) rapid cessation of fossil fuel use for electricity and transport, and attendant subsidies; (5) massive re-afforestation and environmental restoration;  (6) immediate priority given   to the natural water flows in our rivers; (7) immediate cessation of any actions threatening Australia’s decimated biodiversity; (8)  emergency action to wipe out damaging introduced plant and animal pests ; (9) urgent encouragement of rational and pro-environment lifestyle choices (vegetarianism, recycling, limited consumption and avoidance of air travel) , and (10) emergency action to preserve what is left  of Australia’s indigenous flora and fauna.  For those neoliberals scoffing at these proposals,  let me simply reiterate that every species is priceless, and not for this generation to destroy” (Gideon Polya, “Submission from Dr Gideon Polya to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Faunal Extinction Crisis (12 August 2019)”, Submission #38: file:///C:/Users/Gideon/AppData/Local/Temp/Sub38-2.pdf .)

Dr Gideon Polya (2020):  The world is on a precipice – a catastrophic plus 2C temperature rise is now unavoidable and this demands a “climate revolution” (hopefully peaceful of course; Google “Climate Revolution Now”) . Thus eminent physicist Professor Stephen Hawking: “We see great peril if governments and societies do not take action now to render nuclear weapons obsolete and to prevent further climate change”. Humanity is existentially threatened by nuclear weapons and man-made climate change and on this basis the Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just been reset to 100 seconds to midnight. The IMF has declared that a Carbon Price is the best way out of the Climate Emergency and proposes rapid implementation of a $75 per tonne CO2-e Carbon Price, while noting that the recent global average is a mere $2 per tonne CO2-e . The best estimates of the damage-related Carbon Price is $200 per tonne CO2-e (Google “Australia rejects IMF Carbon Tax & preventing 4 million pollution deaths by 2030”) . For a sustainable future and to save the planet the world needs a meaningful Carbon Tax, negative carbon emissions to get back to the pre-Industrial Revolution level of about 300 ppm CO2 from the present 412 ppm CO2, negative population growth to cut population by 50%, and a corresponding negative economic growth to cut an unsustainable world economy by 50%. There is a worsening Climate Genocide (8 million air pollution deaths annually and about 1 million climate change deaths annually) en route to an expertly estimated sustainable human population of merely 0.5-1.0 billion by 2100 (Google “Climate Genocide”). Decent, informed Australians will utterly reject the anti-science, pro-fossil fuels, climate criminal, ecocidal, terracidal, Australian-killing Coalition, vote 1 Green and put the Coalition last” (Gideon Polya comment on George Grundy, “It’s time for revolution. Our climate crisis and our future demands [sic] it”, New Matilda, 20 January 2020: https://newmatilda.com/2020/01/20/its-time-for-revolution-our-climate-crisis-and-our-future-demands-it/ ).

Dr Gideon Polya on Climate Revolution (2020): Decent people must oppose the neoliberal Gadarene rush to global suicide by (a) informing everyone they can, (b) following the example of the marvellous Greta Thunberg [50] and the School Strikers and launching a Climate Revolution (peaceful and non- 359 violent of course) with millions out in the streets [51], and (c) urging and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, collectives, corporations and countries disproportionately involved in the worsening climate emergency, climate genocide and Biosphere destruction. There is no Planet B and there must be zero tolerance for the neoliberal, genocidal and terracidal climate criminals. However, as argued in the Introductory comments, fundamentally we must all rigorously adhere to the principle that ―all men are created equal and have an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness‖ – and that means an end to Mainstream mendacity, the ongoing Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust, the ongoing Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide, and the worsening Climate Genocide (pages 358-359,  Gideon Polya, “US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide” , 400 pages, Korsgaard Publishing, Germany, 4 June 2020: https://www.amazon.com/US-Imposed-Post-9-Muslim-Holocaust-Genocide/dp/8793987056 ; for a summary of the book see Gideon Polya, “Racist Mainstream ignores “US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide””, Countercurrents, 17 July 2020: https://countercurrents.org/2020/07/racist-mainstream-ignores-us-imposed-post-9-11-muslim-holocaust-muslim-genocide/ ).


POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis in his Encyclical Laudato si’”(2015): “4. In 1971, eight years after Pacem in Terris, Blessed Pope Paul VI referred to the ecological concern as “a tragic consequence” of unchecked human activity: “Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation”… 20. Some forms of pollution are part of people’s daily experience. Exposure to atmospheric pollutants produces a broad spectrum of health hazards, especially for the poor, and causes millions of premature deaths 26. Many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms, simply making efforts to reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change. However, many of these symptoms indicate that such effects will continue to worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption. There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy…  48. The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation…  The impact of present imbalances is also seen in the premature death of many of the poor, in conflicts sparked by the shortage of resources, and in any number of other problems which are insufficiently represented on global agendas114. All of this shows the urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution... 165. We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay… 195. The principle of the maximization of profits, frequently isolated from other considerations, reflects a misunderstanding of the very concept of the economy. As long as production is increased, little concern is given to whether it is at the cost of future resources or the health of the environment; as long as the clearing of a forest increases production, no one calculates the losses entailed in the desertification of the land, the harm done to biodiversity or the increased pollution. In a word, businesses profit by calculating and paying only a fraction of the costs involved. Yet only when “the economic and social costs of using up shared environmental resources are recognized with transparency and fully borne by those who incur them, not by other peoples or future generations”, can those actions be considered ethical” (Pope Francis , Encyclical Letter “Laudato si”, 2015: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html ).


PRINCE CHARLES. Prince Charles   at the 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2020):Global warming, climate change and the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats humanity has ever faced and one largely of our own creation. Do we want to go down in history as the people who did nothing to bring the world back from the brink in time to restore the balance?... What good is all the extra wealth in the world gained from business as usual if you can do nothing with it except watch it burn in catastrophic conditions. We simply cannot waste any more time. The only limit is our willingness to act, and the time to act is now" (Prince Charles quoted in Maani Truu, “Prince Charles calls on leaders to take “revolutionary” climate action”, SBS News, 24 January 2020: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/prince-charles-calls-on-leaders-to-take-revolutionary-climate-action ).


SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE (AUSTRALIA). School Strike For  Climate (School Strike movement in Australia): “We are school students from cities and towns across Australia. Most of us have never met in person before but are united by our concern about our planet. We are striking from school to tell our politicians to take our futures seriously and treat climate change for what it is - a crisis.Politicians can show us that they care by taking urgent action to meet our demands: 1. No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine. 2. 100% renewable energy generation & exports by 2030. 3. Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel industry workers. Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing the world and it isn’t being addressed quickly enough. In Australia, education is viewed as immensely important, and a key way to make a difference in the world. But simply going to school isn’t doing anything about climate change. And it doesn’t seem that our politicians are doing anything, or at least not enough, about climate change either. So, as our contribution to the changes we want to see, we are striking from school. We are temporarily sacrificing our education in order to save our futures from climate wrecking projects like the Adani coal mine” (“School Strike For  Climate”: https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/about ).


SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE (GLOBAL). Wikipedia on the  global school strike for climate movement:  “The school strike for climate (Swedish: Skolstrejk för klimatet, also known variously as Fridays for Future (FFF), Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate) is an international movement of school students who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. Publicity and widespread organising began when the climate activist Greta Thunberg staged an action in August 2018 outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" ("School strike for the climate")The school strike for climate (Swedish: Skolstrejk för klimatet, also known variously as Fridays for Future (FFF), Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate) is an international movement of school students who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. Publicity and widespread organising began when the climate activist Greta Thunberg staged an action in August 2018 outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" ("School strike for the climate")” (“School strike for climate”, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_strike_for_climate ).


SINGER. Professor Peter Singer (leading bioethicist and philosopher, Princeton University and the University of Melbourne) (2019):The ethical issue is not difficult to adjudicate. For affluent countries, which are responsible for most of the CO2 that is now in the atmosphere, there can be no ethical justification for continuing to emit greenhouse gases at far higher per capita levels than the people in low-income countries who will suffer most from climate change. To impose on them a one in three chance of warming beyond 1.5ºC is playing a kind of Russian roulette… The failure of governments to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is no less wrong than British rule in India, the denial of equal rights to African-Americans, or the war in Vietnam – and it is likely to cause harm on a far larger scale. So, civil disobedience also would be right if it can persuade governments to follow the science and do what is necessary to avert catastrophic climate change. There may be other effective forms of nonviolent protest that no one has yet tried. Thunberg first became known for standing alone outside Sweden’s parliament holding a sign saying, in Swedish, “School Strike for Climate.” No one could have predicted that this then-15-year-old girl would start a movement supported by millions of young people and gain a platform from which to address the world’s leaders. We need more innovative ideas about how best to convey the urgency of the situation and the need for a sharp change of course” (Peter Singer, “Greta Thunberg’s moment”, Project Syndicate, 7 October 2019: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/thunberg-speech-civil-disobedience-climate-truth-by-peter-singer-2019-10 .)

 

SPRATT. David Spratt  (co-author with Phillip Sutton of “Climate Code Red” )  (2015): “In the lead up to the forthcoming Paris talks, policy makers through their willful neglect of the evidence are in effect normalising a 2.5–3°C global warming target. It’s time to “do the math” again. Effective policy making can only be based on recognising that climate change is already dangerous, and we have no carbon budget left to divide up. Big tipping-point events irreversible on human time scales and large-scale positive feedbacks are already occurring at less than 1°C of warming. It is clear that 2°C of climate warming is not a safe cap. This evidence demonstrates that action is necessary at a faster pace than most policy makers conceive is possible. Decades of procrastination mean there is no longer sufficient time for an incremental and non-disruptive reduction in emissions. Only a whole-of-society rescue plan, understood as action at emergency speed outside of the business-as-usual political mode, can provide hope of retaining a livable planet for ourselves and future generations” (David Spratt, “Recount. It’s time to do the math again”, Breakthrough (National Centre for Climate Restoration), Melbourne, 2015: http://media.wix.com/ugd/148cb0_bb2e61584dbb403e8e33fd65b1c48e30.pdf ).

David Spratt and Phillip Sutton (2008): “Many of us — in business and at work, in climate action groups, in NGOs and in political parties — know in our hearts that on climate the world is going backwards very rapidly and the sorts of solutions that currently dominate national and global forums are simply too little, too late because of the continuing preoccupation with “politics as usual” and “business as usual”. But sometimes we dare to imagine that there could be a really rapid transition, a great national and international mobilization, to a safe-climate, post-carbon sustainable way of living. We now need to “think the unthinkable”, because the sustainability emergency is not so much a radical idea as now simply a necessary mode of action” (David Spratt and Phillip Sutton, “Climate Code Red. The case for a sustainable  emergency”, Friends of the Earth, 2008; see also David Spratt and Phillip Sutton “Climate Code Red. The case for emergency action”, Scribe 2008).


STOP CLIMATE CRIME.  “Stop climate crime”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/stop-climate-crime .

 

SUTTON. Phillip Sutton (co-author with David Spratt of “Climate Code Red” and Manager and Strategist of Research and Strategist for Transition Initiation (RSTI) (2015): “Scientific  knowledge is already sufficient to support the following conclusions:

• even the current warming of 0.85ºC is enough to cause highly undesirable and costly extreme weather events across the globe and to trigger very serious earth system changes. So it is clear that the current temperature is already too high;

• global warming of +2ºC will be far too hot and so will +1.5ºC warming according to the 2015 review under the UN climate convention1;

• the current greenhouse gas level is enough to produce warming of these magnitudes – once clean energy eliminates the particulate air pollution from coal burning that is currently cooling the planet by just over 1ºC2;

• the amount of greenhouse gas pollution in the air is already dangerous (in 2015);

• there is no budget of burnable carbon left 3 It is now time to change gears, and go all-out for what is needed: the restoration of a safe climate, delivered with emergency speed” (Phillip Sutton, “Striking Targets. Matching climate goals with climate reality”, Breakthrough (National Centre for Climate Restoration), Melbourne, 2015: http://media.wix.com/ugd/148cb0_2cec8c5928864748809e26a2b028d08c.pdf ).

Phillip Sutton and David Spratt (2008): “Many of us — in business and at work, in climate action groups, in NGOs and in political parties — know in our hearts that on climate the world is going backwards very rapidly and the sorts of solutions that currently dominate national and global forums are simply too little, too late because of the continuing preoccupation with “politics as usual” and “business as usual”. But sometimes we dare to imagine that there could be a really rapid transition, a great national and international mobilization, to a safe-climate, post-carbon sustainable way of living. We now need to “think the unthinkable”, because the sustainability emergency is not so much a radical idea as now simply a necessary mode of action.” (David Spratt and Phillip Sutton, “Climate Code Red. The case for a sustainable  emergency”, Friends of the Earth, 2008; see also David Spratt and Phillip Sutton “Climate Code Red. The case for emergency action”, Scribe 2008).



THUNBERG. Greta Thunberg (outstanding Swedish climate action activist as a  spokesperson for the children’s School Striker movement) (2019):Now we probably don’t even have a future any more. Because that future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money. It was stolen from us every time you said that the sky was the limit, and that you only live once…

 But perhaps the most dangerous misconception about the climate crisis is that we have to “lower” our emissions. Because that is far from enough. Our emissions have to stop if we are to stay below 1.5-2C of warming. The “lowering of emissions” is of course necessary but it is only the beginning of a fast process that must lead to a stop within a couple of decades, or less. And by “stop” I mean net zero – and then quickly on to negative figures. That rules out most of today’s politics…

This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind. People always tell me and the other millions of school strikers that we should be proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished. But the only thing that we need to look at is the emission curve. And I’m sorry, but it’s still rising. That curve is the only thing we should look at…

The climate crisis is both the easiest and the hardest issue we have ever faced. The easiest because we know what we must do. We must stop the emissions of greenhouse gases. The hardest because our current economics are still totally dependent on burning fossil fuels, and thereby destroying ecosystems in order to create everlasting economic growth” (Greta Thunberg, “You did not act in time”: Greta Thunberg’s full speech to MPs”, Guardian, 23 April 2019: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/greta-thunberg-full-speech-to-mps-you-did-not-act-in-time ).

Greta Thunberg (Climate activist, 16)  addressing the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City on 23 September 2019 ( the full transcript of Thunberg's speech, beginning with her response to a question about the message she has for world leaders): "My message is that we'll be watching you. This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you! For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight. You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe. The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius], and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control. Fifty percent may be acceptable to you. But those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of equity and climate justice. They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences. To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees global temperature rise – the best odds given by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] – the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on Jan. 1st, 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons. How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just 'business as usual' and some technical solutions? With today's emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less than 8 1/2 years. There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today, because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not. Thank you" (see “Transcript: Greta Thunberg’s speech at the UN Climate Action Summit”, NPR, 23 September 2019: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/23/763452863/transcript-greta-thunbergs-speech-at-the-u-n-climate-action-summit .)

 



US NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. 2010 Open Letter by 255 members of the US National Academy of Sciences, including 11 Nobel Laureates: “Delay is not an option” (2010 Open Letter by 255 members of the US National Academy of Sciences, “Open Letter: climate change and the integrity of science”, Guardian, 6 May 2010: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/06/climate-science-open-letter ) .


WESTWOOD. Vivienne Westwood (UK activist) has founded “Climate Revolution” and has enunciated the following Climate Revolution Charter:CLIMATE REVOLUTION CHARTER. Climate Revolution really is revolution, nothing more or less than changing the word order so that the human race can survive & evolve, toppling the global financial rulers who cause poverty & Climate Change: Debt & Destruction, Everything is connected.  Economic crisis & climate crisis are the cause & effect of each other; they are like serpents who eat each other’s tails; The only way out of this double crisis is to fight the Climate Revolution. WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE PLANET IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY. WHAT’S BAD FOR THE PLANET IS BAD FOR THE ECONOMY. Everything is connected – all NGOs are connected. Fight for Chelsea Manning & you fight for the bees. Save the Arctic & you save the small farmers. Culture is connected: know the past to know the present . Read, go to art galleries & know the names of trees & you cultivate lasting values instead of short-term consumption. You are connected – by following the site.  Everything you think & say & do makes a difference. Information is power, “ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL”.  By exposing the lies of present governments to the true facts our whistleblowers may help us to build new government. Democracy through  social media. Climate Revolution” (“Read this first”, Climate Revolution: http://climaterevolution.co.uk/wp/2014/03/17/read-this-first/  and “Climate Revolution”: http://climaterevolution.co.uk/wp/ ).Dr Gideon POlya letter to media, MPs & activists re 2019 Climate Strike:

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