Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible.
We must take action

We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with about 200 species becoming extinct each day, say 94 signatories including
Dr Alison Green

“Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity,”
say the signatories.   Photograph: Getty

We the undersigned represent diverse academic disciplines, and the views expressed here are those of the signatories and not their organisations. While our academic perspectives and expertise may differ, we are united on one point: we will not tolerate the failure of this or any other government to take robust and emergency action in respect of the worsening ecological crisis. The science is clear, the facts are incontrovertible, and it is unconscionable to us that our children and grandchildren should have to bear the terrifying brunt of an unprecedented disaster of our own making.

We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with about 200 species becoming extinct each day. Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity. If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak.

Our government is complicit in ignoring the precautionary principle, and in failing to acknowledge that infinite economic growth on a planet with finite resources is non-viable. Instead, the government irresponsibly promotes rampant consumerism and free-market fundamentalism, and allows greenhouse gas emissions to rise. Earth Overshoot Day (the date when humans have used up more resources from nature than the planet can renew in the entire year) falls ever earlier each year (1 August in 2018).

When a government willfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The “social contract” has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.

We therefore declare our support for Extinction Rebellion, launching on 31 October 2018. We fully stand behind the demands for the government to tell the hard truth to its citizens. We call for a Citizens’ Assembly to work with scientists on the basis of the extant evidence and in accordance with the precautionary principle, to urgently develop a credible plan for rapid total decarbonisation of the economy.

Dr Alison Green – Pro vice-chancellor (academic), Arden University, National Director (UK) Scientists Warning
Professor Joy Carter – Vice-chancellor, University of Winchester
Dr Rowan Williams
Danny Dorling Halford Mackinder – professor of geography, University of Oxford
Jem Bendell – Professor of sustainability leadership, University of Cumbria
Dr Ian Gibson Former Chair, House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
Dr Susie Orbach Consultant psychoanalyst, The Balint Consultancy
David Drew MP, Shadow minister (environment, food and rural affairs)
Professor Molly Scott Cato MEP
Shahrar Ali PhD, Green Party home affairs spokesperson

Peter Belton Professor emeritus of chemistry, University of East Anglia
Dr Simon Boxley Centre for Climate Change Education & Communication, University of Winchester
Erik Buitenhuis Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia
Dave Humphreys Professor of environmental policy, Open University
Andrew Simms Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex; NEF
Arran Stibbe Professor of ecological linguistics, University of Gloucestershire
Dr Rupert Read Reader in philosophy, University of East Anglia
Richard House PhD (Env sci) Chartered psychologist, Stroud

Ronald Barnett – Emeritus professor of higher education, University College London Institute of Education
Emeritus Professor Michael Bassey Nottingham Trent University
Professor Woody Caan Editor, Journal of Public Mental Health
Claire Callender, Professor of higher education, Birkbeck and UCL Institute of Education
Simon Capewell MD DSc, Professor of clinical epidemiology, University of Liverpool
Professor Andrew Cooper Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust; University of East London
Emeritus Professor Tricia David
Windy Dryden Emeritus professor of psychotherapeutic studies, Goldsmiths University of London
Suman Fernando Honorary professor, London Metropolitan University
Professor Mark Ford, University College London
Professor Gary Francione
Harvey Goldstein Professor of social statistics, University of Bristol
Jonathan Gosling Emeritus professor of leadership studies, University of Exeter
Paul Hoggett Emeritus professor of social policy, UWE, Bristol
Wendy Hollway Emeritus professor of psychology, Open University
Professor John Hughes University of Gloucestershire
Professor Simon Kelley University of Edinburgh
Adrian Kendry Visiting Chair in economics and security, University of Winchester
Karin Lesnik-Oberstein Professor of critical theory, University of Reading
Del Loewenthal Emeritus professor in psychotherapy, University of Roehampton
Professor Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA University College London
Martin Milton Professor of counselling psychology, Regents University London
Professor Dany Nobus Brunel University London
Professor Jayne Osgood Middlesex University, mother, feminist, activist
Professor Ann Phoenix University of London
Richard Pring Emeritus professor, University of Oxford
Peter Reason Professor emeritus, University of Bath
Professor Diane Reay University of Cambridge
Lynne Segal Anniversary Professor of psychosocial studies, Birkbeck, University of London
Farzana Shain Professor of sociology of Education, Keele University
Prem Sikka Professor of accounting and finance, University of Sheffield
Professor Ernesto Spinelli ES Associates, London
Dr Guy Standing Professorial research associate, SOAS, University of London
Brian Thorne Emeritus professor (counselling), University of East Anglia
Frederick Toates Emeritus professor of biological psychology, Open University
Dr Steve Tombs Professor of criminology, Open University
Tony Watts OBE Emeritus professor of career development, University of Derby
Michael J. Wright Ph.D., Emeritus professor in cognitive neuroscience, London

Dr Ruth Adams Senior lecturer in cultural & creative industries
Dr Meg-John Barker senior lecturer in psychology, Open University
Robert Basto Ph.D., software consultant, scientist, activist
Dr Teresa Belton author of Happier People, Healthier Planet
Dr Gail Bradbrook mother, NGO consultant
Dr Onel Brooks Senior lecturer in psychotherapy, counselling and counselling psychology
Dr Dominique Chadwick independent researcher and film-maker, Cambridge
Dr Anne Chapman
Dr Red Chidgey Lecturer in gender and media, King’s College London
John Christensen Director and Chair of the Board Tax Justice Network
Dr Christopher D. Coath University of Bristol
Dr Mick Cooper Chartered psychologist, Brighton
Dr Virginia Crisp Lecturer in culture, media & creative industries, King’s College, London
Jonathan Dawson Coordinator of economics, Schumacher College
Richard Eke Ph.D., Associate lecturer, UWE, Bristol
Dr Peter Elfer Principal lecturer, Early Childhood Research Centre
Dr Jonathan Gross King’s College London
Andy Halewood CPsychol., Senior lecturer in counselling psychology, UWE, Bristol
Dr Wiebina Heesterman Ph.D. Law (human rights), activist
Dr Jason Hickel Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Abby Innes London School of Economics
Dr Nicholas James FASS, Open University
Peter Lipman Fellow, Cabot Institute for the Environment, Bristol University
Ed Lord Ph.D., RMN, RCBC Wales, Fellow, Swansea University
Rachel Lunnon PhD (mathematical logic), software engineer
Dr Michael McEachrane University College London; visiting researcher, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Lund)
Dr Kate McMillan King’s College, London
Dr Gerry Mooney Open University in Scotland
Dr Calum Neill Associate professor of psychoanalysis & cultural theory, Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Eva Novotny retired, University of Cambridge
Dr Christine Parkinson Retired biologist, Scientists for Global Responsibility
Dr Volker Patent CPsychol, lecturer and coach
Dr Gerald Power PhD, management consultant
Dr Gillian Proctor CPsychol., Programme leader, MA in counselling and psychotherapy, University of Leeds
Dr Jay Watts Consultant clinical psychologist
Dr David Whitebread Retired senior member, Homerton College, Cambridge

5 Replies to “We must take action”

  1. For more on the motley crew of rabble-rousing anarchists who founded Extinction Rebellion see

    “Through mass civil resistance, we’re going to create a new global regime that takes our responsibilities seriously towards the next generation.”

    “This is a call to the XR community to never say we’re a climate movement. Because we’re not. We’re a Rebellion.”
    “I don’t think that Extinction Rebellion is really about the environment, it’s about democracy.”

    Comments by XR co-founders Roger Hallam, Stuart Basden and Gail Bradbrook.

  2. Alison Green and I have had several exchanges relating to the letter “Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action”
    (http://www.scientistswarning.org/we-must-take-action/). She claims that the letter was ” .. signed by some of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists .. ” and I challenged her on that (see our May/June LinkedIN exchanges appended).

    Yesterday I E-mailed a detailed response and await Alison’s reply before adding more here. Meanwhile, this a pertinent extract of my E-mail QUOTE ..

    Of those 21 co-authors of the letter “Concerns of young demonstrators are justified” I recognise only two who have significance in the CACC debate, Michael Mann (with his highly questionable hockey stick) and Stefan Rahmstorf.
    I did a random check of other authors:
    – Philippe Thalmann, Economics professor!!!
    – Raven Cretney, political science and human geography.!!!
    That’s three of you who are hardly ” .. some of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists .. “. Which among the others do you consider to fit that description?
    As for William Ripple, he’s an ecologist specialising in wolves, including ” .. how the far-reaching impacts of wolves are affecting the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park .. “, again hardly fitting the above description.
    .. UNQUOTE


    ***********message from Alison Green*****June 2019

    This is a rather strange and off-topic comment on my post, and something of a personal attack on me, which I do not welcome at all. That I am a co-author on a letter signed by some of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists suggests that I have more credibility than you care to acknowledge. Scientists Warning in turn is supported by William Ripple, lead author of the Second Warning Humanity journal article, and by many eminent scientists, including James Hansen. It might pay you to acquaint yourself with the facts in relation to climate breakdown and the ecological crisis, and could help you to have a constructive dialogue on the matter.

    ******message from pete ridley*********May 2019

    I respectfully suggest that Alison Green concentrates on what she does best – Psychology – and leaves Climate Science to those qualified in the hard scientific disciplines of physics, chemistry, meteorology, etc behind the processes and drivers of the different global climates. As well as leading the psuedo-scientific scaremongering organisation ScientistsWarning (http://www.scientistswarning.org/we-must-take-action/) she actively supports the rabble-rousing anarchists who co-founded Extinction Rebellion. Extinction Rebellion co-founders Gail Bradbrook, Roger Hallam and Stuart Basden have commented: ” .. I don’t think that Extinction Rebellion is really about the environment, it’s just about democracy .. ” ” .. Through mass civil resistance, we’re going to create a new global regime that takes our responsibilities seriously towards the next generation .. “. ” .. This is a call to the XR community to never say we’re a climate movement. Because we’re not. We’re a Rebellion .. ” For more on those closely involved with XR see the article “SpotlighON- Extinction Rebellion/RisingUp” at http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/2019/04/spotlighton-extinction-rebellion.html

  4. I still have had no response to my E-mail from your UK Director Alison Green. aperhaps she no longer has access to her Arden University account, so please would one of her associates lusted above let her know that I am eager to have E-mail exchanges with her ro ckear up the points arising from her June message.

    Regards, Pete

  5. You spoke of herd immunity via Boris’ “let ‘er rip” method. Insanity. But herd immunity is the way to go:

    The key is that children are both humanity’s spreaders of viruses and are at low risk from covid-19. So herd away healthy kids with no underlying conditions into auditoriums and deliberately infect them all using strains of the virus harvested from those who are asymptomatic. Use adults who have survived the virus to care for them. Go with deliberation and continue infecting groups least at risk (kids then teens then twenty-somethings and on until significant symptoms start showing up) with viruses that are more and more benign until the transmission rate in the general population drops below 1, thereby stopping the pandemic. The Covid-19 virus in the wild is relatively benign.

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