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0 comments   Add a comment   Contributor: whander (Mar-14-2008)    Play a Video
Categories: Global Warming, Philosophical & Quality of Life

Climate Code Red: the Time Is NowThe Reality Report recently conducted an insightful interview with Philip Sutton of the Greenleap Strategic Institute and coauthor of a new report called "Climate Code Red: the Case for a Sustainability Emergency."

This report reviews disturbing new data and scientific understanding of climate change, explains why existing institutions have failed to respond adequately to the problem, and outlines an appropriate response.

These are not a choice amongst many options, but a necessity for life. It requires a "crash program" — as quickly as possible — to thoroughly decarbonize the economy in a time period measured in years to a decade or so, not decades to a century or more. - Climate Code Red report

Politics and business as usual are no longer options anymore. The report from David Spratt and Philip Sutton "Climate Code Red: the Case for a Sustainability Emergency" provides an overview of:

  1. Recent science
  2. Appropriate targets
  3. Case for emergency action

The report's introduction reads:

Because we are primarily guided by the need to advocate actions that are capable of fully solving the problem, we can only conclude from the available evidence that if we are to stop global warming becoming 'dangerous', it is not a question of how much higher will be OK, but rather by how much we need to lower the existing temperature if we are to return our planet to the safe-climate zone.

This report is a jolting break from the soft-pedaling and dangerous compromises that have led climate policy to accept greenhouse gas levels that lock in catastrophe. The report is ultimately empowering because it clearly makes the case that only through facing reality and making arrangements that conceivably solve the problem is our work purposeful. And the report finally outlines how, with a shared sense of purpose and heroic leadership, humans have the technical and social capacity to go into "emergency" mode and design an economic and environmental turn-around in 10–20 years.

 

  
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