Scientists, by their job description, have a moral obligation to warn societies of catastrophic threats as well as to do all that can be done to mitigate the risks, taking the necessary actions whenever and wherever possible. In fact, this is an ethical requirement for doctors of medicine and science. In this section, actions and mitigations for the current climate crisis will be presented and discussed in relation to their corresponding warnings.
As a starting point, Scientists Warning Foundation and the Alliance of World Scientists’ suggests six critical and interrelated steps that governments and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change. These were developed by William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsome, Phoebe Barnard, and William R. Moomaw.