There are many ways that we can act to intervene in the catastrophic trajectory that civilization is taking, so many that we will only list a tiny fraction of them here. We refer to these actions as ‘interventions’ since we cannot ‘solve’ many of these problems in the conventional meaning of the word (putting things back the way they were), but we can intervene to improve them.
Here is a subset of the resources we would like to highlight in terms of learning and acting to intervene in the catastrophic trajectory that civilization is taking:
Learn & Act
|Scientists Warning.TV||Please subscribe to our Youtube channel and explore our video library.|
|Scientists' Warning Wiki||We envision a "Wiki" of relevant, powerful learning resources as well as actions geared to personal, local, regional, national and global levels.|
The "Wiki" is evolving but is in need of more contributors to help with developing its content.
|Scientists' Warning Blog||We welcome you to submit blog posts on any of the stressors covered in the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity, or other stressors not covered in the warning.|
|Extinction Rebellion||Extinction Rebellion (sometimes shortened as XR) is an international social movement that aims to influence the Government of the United Kingdom and global environmental policy, through non-violent protests and civil disobedience to minimize species extinction and global warming.|
|Deep Adaptation||Deep Adaptation is a conceptual paper to provide readers with an opportunity to reassess their work and life in the face of an inevitable near term social collapse due to climate change.|
|Drawdown||A website and book called “Drawdown” offers 100 of the most substantive solutions to global warming.|
|Skeptical Science||This site aims to explain climate change science & rebut global warming misinformation.|
|Club of Rome Climate Emergency Plan||“Climate change is now reaching an end-game scenario, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences”.|
|Organizations||Another suggestion is to slowly have a closer look at Organizations who have endorsed the scientists warning by visiting their websites and learning more about them.|
Broad Areas for Action
The World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity itself underscores humanity’s inadequate response thus far to the current well-documented stressors to the biosphere but also recommends the following important forms of intervention.
- prioritizing the enactment of connected well-funded and well-managed reserves for a significant proportion of the world’s terrestrial, marine, freshwater, and aerial habitats
- maintaining nature’s ecosystem services by halting the conversion of forests, grasslands, and other native habitats
- restoring native plant communities at large scales, particularly forest landscapes
- ‘re-wilding’ regions with native species, especially apex predators, to restore ecological processes and dynamics
- developing and adopting adequate policy instruments to remedy defaunation, the poaching crisis, and the exploitation and trade of threatened species
- reducing food waste through education and better infrastructure
- promoting dietary shifts towards mostly plant-based foods (vegetarianism, veganism, and just eating less meat and animal products as you are able)
- further reducing fertility rates by ensuring that women and men have access to education and voluntary family-planning services, especially where such resources are still lacking
- encouraging the decision to have smaller families (see Having Kids and Population Matters )
- increasing outdoor nature education for children, as well as the overall engagement of society in the appreciation of nature
- divesting of monetary investments and purchases to encourage positive environmental change
- devising and promoting new green technologies and massively adopting renewable energy sources while phasing out subsidies to energy production through fossil fuels
- revising our economy to reduce wealth inequality and ensure that prices, taxation, and incentive systems take into account the real costs which consumption patterns impose on our environment, and
- estimating a scientifically defensible, sustainable human population size for the long term while rallying nations and leaders to support that vital goal.
This is by no means a complete nor prioritized list. The need for us to pursue action at every level – economic, social, political, technical, educational and more – cannot be overstated.