"It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY."
- Buckminster Fuller (h/t Suzy Waldman)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Write your editors re G8 academies statement

Don Libby on the GlobalChange list makes the suggestion that we write letters to the editor of prominent local media demanding coverage of the joint statement of the national academies.

This would be especially effective coming from a group of credentialed scientists at a major university. If you're in a position to drum up such a letter writing campaign, even on a small scale, please do so.

(see other recent postings on this blog; will update with links later).

Update: I posted on this on Grist. Let me know if you spot any effect.

1 comment:

Heiko said...

I see now which four statements you meant. It's the third that strikes me as potentially the strongest, especially the word "yet", because that implies that soon it may be too late, echoing Hansen's thoughts on tipping points. What's missing though is any elaboration of the point (ie what is the problem that will become insoluble, why will it become insoluble, what will be the consequences, Hansen goes into all that detail, namely the main problem is sea level rise of 5-15m over 200-300 years, we'll be beyond a tipping point because of societal and climate system lags and the consequences will be the abandonment of a lot of coastline - not that I agree with Hansen's line of argument, but I understand what he's got in mind).