Scientists Declare Global Climate Emergency
By Jude Chukwuemeka
More than 11,000 scientists have declared a 'climate emergency' and say failure to act will cause 'untold human suffering'. This is the first major announcement since the United States of America hinted at pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord.
The scientists from 153 countries have come together to warn the world that "untold suffering" is inevitable if humans do not make significant changes to the way of life.
Numbering 11,258, the scientists signed a letter which says researchers have a "moral obligation" to warn humanity "clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency".
The declaration is based on analysis of more than 40 years of data covering a range of measures from energy use to deforestation and carbon emissions.
Scientists from the University of Sydney, Australia, Oregon State University and Tufts University in the US and the University of Cape Town in South Africa are joined in the warning by 11,000 signatories from 153 countries including the UK.
William Ripple, the ecology professor at Oregon State University who spearheaded the letter, said man has continued to conduct business as usual and have failed to address this crisis.
He added that the "climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity."
There is a call through Sir David Attenborough for leaders worldwide to tackle climate change. Although researchers say there are some positive indicators, like declining birth rates and increasing renewable energies, most suggest humans are not doing enough to stop the world from becoming a "hothouse Earth".
The scientists claim unanimously that to secure a sustainable future, "we must change how we live."
The letter outlines six crucial objectives humans need to carry out - replacing fossil fuels, cutting pollutants like methane and soot, restoring and protecting ecosystems, eating less meat, and converting the economy into being carbon-free.