Listen to the science: The next government must address the Climate Crisis.
On Friday 22nd November Scientists marched on Westminster urging all candidates to Listen To The Science on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
Scientists marched through Westminster this Friday to warn that the next government must tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
The march concluded at Trafalgar Square where scientists called on politicians and voters to Listen To The Science. In an open seminar, prominent scientists gave passionate speeches to highlight the urgency with which the next government must act to prevent incalculable human suffering, and demanding that the Emergency heads the election agenda.
“The aim of the seminar is to go beyond mere protest, and to offer a real chance for anyone and everyone to hear the hard science of the Climate and Ecological Emergency. We hope to make it clear to those listening that this science needs to be translated into practical politics, and soon, if we’re to prevent catastrophic and irreversible changes to our planet.” said Dr Emily Grossman, internationally acclaimed science author.
70 scientists and rebels in lab coats, representing the more than 1600 scientists across the globe who have declared support for nonviolent direct action over government inaction, stopped along their march to Trafalgar Square to hold mini-seminars at institutions and departments that will have a critical role to play in addressing the climate and ecological crises.
Dr Tom Woodroof, applied nuclear physicist and radioecologist, became involved with Scientists For Extinction Rebellion after years of coming to terms with the implications of the Emergency science, and realising that society is on a collision course with nature.
“No nuclear fusion reactor has yet produced more energy than it takes to run, and the first commercial prototype is not expected to open until the 2040s.” he said, adding “Technology is wonderful, but alone it cannot save us from the failures of a system based on infinite growth and the unsustainable use of natural resources. Whatever the result of the coming election, we call on the next government to face reality, face its responsibilities and act immediately to protect the future.”
The scientists marched in solidarity with the 11,000 scientists who declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency earlier this month.
“From a biologist’s perspective, what is happening to us at the moment is just what happens to any species when it is provided with resources for growth, and it has no predators. It will grow until it fills the available space and has used up its resources, and it will start to poison itself with its own waste products.” said Prof Kate Jeffery, neuroscientist and curator of Extinction Rebellion’s Heading for Extinction Talk.
Ending on a more hopeful note, Kate highlighted the uniqueness of our sociability and language asking “Are we going to be just another species running out of resources and poisoning our environment so that it is no longer inhabitable by us? Or does our extraordinary capacity for cooperation mean that we can forge a new path […] [and] figure out how to cooperate to get ourselves out of this mess and forestall the Malthusian collapse of humanity?”
This is the choice we face in this election. This election will decide the future you face.
The science is clear, how we respond to mitigate the effects of the Climate and Ecological Emergency and protect that which we love, is the choice we all face. #TellTheTruth #ActNow #UpgradeDemocracy
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