Earth to Humans: Enough Already
You’ve heard the bad joke right? If the earth were a bank it would be bailed out. We have been diddling while the planet gradually sizzles. Conferences from Kyoto to Copenhagen come and go. Not much happens. The Congress? Well, the interests of big oil and coal come first, earth second. We have waited too long. Massive change is under way. For millennia the planet has been habitable and now it is melting, drying, and flooding in unprecedented ways. Leading environmentalist Lester Brown calls for “a wartime mobilization, an all-out response designed to avoid the destabilizing economic and political stresses that will come with unmanageable climate change. An emissions cut of 80 percent from today’s levels by 2020, not 2050, would keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from exceeding 400 parts per million, setting the stage for getting back to 350.”
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, is a leading environmental activist. He was one of the first to sound the alarm on climate change with his bestselling book The End of Nature. He is the author of The Age of Missing Information, Hope, Human and Wild, Deep Economy, Eaarth and The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and is the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Right Livelihood Award. He is the founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate justice.