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We invite all scientists to sign a short article on climate change

If you are a scientist from any scientific discipline, we invite you to sign our Viewpoint article “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” by Ripple et al. 2019, which is now in press with Bioscience Magazine. It is important that we get signatories from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. By signing, you will be included in the full list of scientists who have signed this article and your name will be published in the Bioscience supplement to the article as an official signatory. Before signing, we ask that you view this short article by clicking the “Read the Article” tab below (the main text can be read in < 8 minutes), or read the condensed version directly below. When you click “sign the article” and add your name, you will be indicating that you generally agree with our article, helping get this message to world leaders. Note that signatories speak on their own behalf and not on behalf of their affiliated institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency (Condensed Version) 

William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsome, xxxx scientist signatories from xxx countries 

We scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any great existential threat. In this paper, we present a suite of graphical vital signs of climate change over the last 40 years. Results show greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, with increasingly damaging effects. With few exceptions, we are largely failing to address this predicament. The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity. We suggest six critical and interrelated steps that governments and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change, covering 1) Energy, 2) Short-lived pollutants, 3) Nature, 4) Food, 5) Economy, and 6) Population. Mitigating and adapting to climate change entails transformations in the ways we govern, manage, feed, and fulfill material and energy requirements. We are encouraged by a recent global surge of concern. Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. The Pope issued an encyclical on climate change. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change. As scientists, we urge widespread use of our vital signs and anticipate that graphical indicators will better allow policymakers and the public to understand the magnitude of this crisis, track progress, and realign priorities to alleviate climate change. The good news is that such transformative change, with social and ecological justice, promises greater human wellbeing in the long-run than business as usual. We believe that prospects will be greatest if policy makers and the rest of humanity promptly respond to our warning and declaration of a climate emergency, and act to sustain life on planet Earth, our only home.


 

The Alliance of World Scientists (AWS)

The AWS is a new international assembly of scientists, which is independent of both governmental and non-governmental organizations and corporations. We submit, that in order to prevent widespread misery caused by catastrophic damage to the biosphere, humanity must practice more environmentally sustainable alternative to business-as-usual. Our vital importance and role comes from scientists' unique responsibility as stewards of human knowledge and champions of evidence-based decision-making. The main goal of the AWS is to be a collective international voice of many scientists regarding global climate and environmental trends and how to turn accumulated knowledge into action. Other organizations do laudable work toward this goal, but to our knowledge, AWS is the only independent, grass-roots organization comprised of scientists from around the world committed to the well-being of humanity and the planet.

When you endorse the scientists’ warning article, you will have the option of including your email address for occasional communication or additional collaboration as part of the AWS.

Courtesy of Union of Concerned Scientists/Justin Bilicki


For information about donating to our project, please contact Bill Ripple

 

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The Ethics of Science
The end that science seeks is truth.
There are rules that must be followed in seeking the truth
which require trust, independence in observation and in thought.
Freedom, respect and tolerance are handmaidens to science.
Scientists acquire knowledge by small steps, none of which is final
and the mistakes of one generation of scientists are rungs in the ladder toward truth. The only purpose of seeking the truth is to accumulate knowledge which becomes the property of the world without respect to race, religion, nationality, political and sexual orientation or cultural beliefs. Science is unifying because it seeks answers which society ultimately hold as important.
-by William Stone, signatory of the second warning to humanity


Diversity and Inclusion

The Alliance of World Scientists is an inclusive group and all scientists are welcome to join when becoming signatories to the scientists’ warning article. Because we understand the complexity of identity and backgrounds of scientists throughout the world, we embrace the diversity of differences these scientists bring for solving environmental challenges. We now have 15,000 scientists from 175 countries as members of the Alliance of World Scientists.

 

We invite all scientists to sign the 2017 article "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice" 

Please sign only once.  Do not sign again if you previously signed.

 

If you are a scientist from any scientific discipline (e.g. ecology, medicine, economics, etc.), we invite you to sign our Viewpoint article in the journal Bioscience entitled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: a second notice” by Ripple et al. (2017). In doing so, you will be included in the full list of scientists who have signed this article and 15,000+ scientists from 184 countries who signed the article before the publication deadline on Oct. 23, 2017. Before signing, we ask that you view our 1,000-word article by clicking “Read the Article” tab below (the text can be read in 6 minutes). When you click “Sign the Article” and add your name, you will be indicating that you generally agree with our article, helping get this message to world leaders. To see an easy-to-read summary of the scientists’ warning project, click here.

Oregon State University has formally endorsed the Scientists’ Warning with a joint resolution (pdf) of the faculty senate and the student government.

 

 

(scientists only)

(signed before Oct. 23, 2017)

(signed after Oct 23, 2017)

 

 

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Nonscientists are now invited to endorse the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: a second notice at the companion website where both individual and organizational endorsements can be submitted and gratefully received.

 

 

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