I am still at home in Hawaii and continuing with the Phoenix Tears therapy, which is a concentrated cannabis oil. In addition, I am undergoing chemotherapy, however, the chemo is not quite the same as the chemo I underwent in the spring, and is not as difficult for me. I am able to do some climate work, such as a few emails, as part of the preparation for COP. My plans are to return to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in early October, at which point I will have more information regarding my progress and treatment plan. My plans to attend the COP in Santiago are in place, but I won’t be able to make a final decision until my health has been reassessed by the specialists at the Mayo.
SW Outreach — Outreach Team
Our Outreach Team is growing! After taking a break from SW, Rob Harding is now back on board and has joined the Core Team as an Outreach Co-Director, along with Brian McGavin. Bill Dowling will continue to act as Outreach Assistant. Rob Harding is based in the US, and Brian and Bill both reside in the UK. Many thanks to Rob, Brian and Bill.
Transition Lab — Alison Green — SW National Director – UK
Transition Lab (www.transitionlab.earth) is inspired by the work of Scientists’ Warning and seeks to find ways to operationalise many of the steps outlined in the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice (https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/67/12/1026/4605229). Transition Lab invites UK scientists with an academic affiliation to consider signing its open letter to Vice Chancellors, UUK and UKRI (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1guBtxzGq0lACUC26GL3GgcaOsBUwWPuN74m4BzRhgl0/edit?usp=sharing )
Recent and Upcoming Presentations by Alison Green
- Sepember 9 in London — “Climate breakdown and Ecological Collapse – Can we manage energy?”
- October 4 in London — Architecture Declares a Climate Emergency event (at the Bartlett)
- October 12 in Birmingham —Responses to the Future event (keynote speaker)
- November 15 in Bristol —Energy Connectors events (at the Triodos Bank)
- September 13th – Greta will be in Washington, DC, In front of the White House for a climate strike from 11am – 2pm.
- September 20-27th – The Global Climate Strike, https://globalclimatestrike.net/. Strikes are taking place across the globe. Please check the website for details of your nearest global climate strike.
- September 20th – Greta will be in New York, NY, for the Climate Strike.
- September 23rd – UN Climate Summit in New York, NY. https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml
- September 27th – Greta will be in Montreal, QC, Canada. https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/acclaimed-teenage-environmental-activist-coming-to-montreal
Climate Emergency Declaration — Alliance of World Scientists
From Dr. William (Bill) Ripple, Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Oregon State University:
We are inviting all scientists to sign a short article on climate change, a new BioScience paper “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency,” which will be presented to world leaders. To support this new initiative, please share this, read our paper and sign here:
EU – Carbon Fee & Dividend — Patrick Lincoln
For more than 30 years, the eminent father of climatology, James Hansen, has been promoting carbon fee and dividend as a means to use market forces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The idea behind carbon fee and dividend is to place a fee on fossil fuels at the first point where they become a part of the economy. The fees are made to grow annually and are paid out evenly to all members of the public. This creates a market signal that tells corporations to innovate in a more sustainable way with respect to greenhouse gases and sends a signal to the public that says you can save and earn money by not polluting our atmosphere with greenhouse gases. A border adjustment is also applied to motivate other nations that have not introduced the same system. If enough nations become part of this system, a domino effect can ensue where other nations will be compelled to sign up for the same system in order to avoid a climate toll on their exports. If you are an EU-citizen, you have the opportunity to fight for the climate today by signing an EU-initiative at this website:
The collection of one million electronic signatures from EU-citizens by May 2020 will force the EU parliament to consider making carbon fee and dividend law in the EU. Please sign the initiative and spread the word to help make James Hansen’s dream become a reality.
COP-25 / Press Release Authors Required
We are looking for one or two Volunteer Press Release Authors for SW programs during COP-25 (December 2 – December 13). Brian McGavin has volunteered to help draft some press releases prior to the COP; therefore, in some cases, the Press Release Author(s) would then need to work on final versions.
- For each SW press conference (presentation/program) you will need to write up a one page press release to email to the press using the mass email list. That email must be sent the evening before the press conference and on the morning of the press conference. Examples of press releases will be provided.
- The release shall provide enough information for a press person to write an article about the basic content of the press conference even if they didn’t attend.
- You do not need to attend COP-25 in person to fulfill this role.
- You will be provided with the information about the press conference from the press conference planners.
We invite you to view and share videos from the Scientists’ Warning YouTube channel:
Our latest video, Hope in the Face of Climate Change, features a presentation by Dr. Susanne Moser made on June 12, 2015, in Boulder, Colorado.
Local Action Participation
The UK Hub of Scientists’ Warning would like to be able to contact members of Scientists’ Warning interested in being notified, via email, of more local actions/activities happening in the UK. If you’re interested, please indicate this by clicking here. Please provide further information about your specific location (e.g. County and City) and interests. This information will be forwarded to Scientists’ Warning’s UK National Director so that they may arrange to notify you.
A similar request has been made for the case of The European Union. If you’re interested, please indicate this by clicking here.
Next SW Meeting
Our next SW Team meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, and will be held online using Zoom. If you would like to participate, contact Heidi Brault at: email@example.com
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Since we are not funded, all work of the Scientists’ Warning initiative (.org and .TV) is accomplished by our teams on a volunteer basis. Please consider joining one of these teams.
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