March 15, 2009.…….”The director of a Nasa space laboratory will this week lead thousands of climate change campaigners through Coventry in an extraordinary intervention in British politics…..Dr. James Hansen, director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said he believed scientists, the people who knew most about climate change, now had a moral obligation to become politically active. He has chosen Coventry to stage Thursday’s protest because it is home to E.ON, the power company that is planning a giant new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent.”
This is game-changing folks. For so long, scientists have generated the data about the impacts of global warming, but have stayed out of the political arena. Clearly, the statement last week from 2500 scientists at Copenhagen who have seen that the real impacts are occurring much faster than even the IPCC reports indicated, are an indication of the reality that climate change is upon us. Our political and economic realities have to be integrated around a sustainable economy that reduces our carbon emissions and enables us to enjoy the quality of life that is possible by living using sustainable living practices.
Two articles today give hope to the growing world-wide responsibility that all governments (federal, state or provincial, municipal) must address in partnership with business to change how our investments and economy must change quickly to reduce the impacts of global warming. This must come to fruition as international agreements and commitments to massive carbon emissions reductions in the Copenhagen treaty in December of 2009.
You can read both of these articles – The first article is with the Times Online (England) – Plan B: scientists get radical in bid to halt global warming ‘catastrophe’. The second is the Telegraph (UK) – Al Gore: World will agree new climate deal.
Marcus du Sautoy, professor for the public understanding of science and professor of mathematics at Oxford University, said climate change was “galvanising” the scientific community.
“The evidence and data is all there but politicians don’t seem to understand what the science is telling them, so the scientists feel they have to respond,” he said.