These climate activists want you to give up hope

phys.org | 2/19/2019 | Staff
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The Extinction Rebellion, a network of climate activists who use civil disobedience to spotlight inaction on global warming, is rooted in the conviction that humanity has dug its own grave and has one foot dangling over the edge.

The fledging movement's growing ranks, already spread across several dozen countries, believe that homo sapiens—perhaps not so "wise" after all—is doomed to terrible suffering, or worse.

Reading - Science - Reveals - Appetites - Footprint

A clear-eyed reading of science, they say, reveals that our appetites and ecological footprint have tipped Earth into a rare period of mass extinction from which humans are not exempt.

They see claims to the contrary as tantamount to climate denial.

People - Fact - Emergency - Situation - Sara

"It is really about waking people up to the fact that this is an emergency situation," said Sara Arnold, a 32-year designer and entrepreneur who has helped to lead campaigns in Britain, including one Sunday disrupting traffic around London Fashion Week.

"We want people to start to digest the reality of climate change."

Sister - Sunrise - Movement - United - States

The sister Sunrise Movement in the United States, which champions the ambitious Green New Deal put forward by progressives in Congress, also calls for a WWII-scale response.

Whether it's time to panic about the threat of runaway global warming may depend less on Earth systems than human ones.

Climate - Scientists - Atmosphere - Greenhouse - Gases

Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that loading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases at current rates will eventually lead to an unliveable hothouse planet.

Where they disagree is on society's willingness to curb that carbon pollution, the effectiveness of the tools available to do so, and our capacity to adapt to changes already in the pipeline.

Hope - Dies - Action - Begins

'When hope dies, action begins'

"People imagine that we'll find a solution in the future, that we still have time," Doug McAdam, a professor of sociology at Stanford University, told AFP.

Extinction - Rebellion - Activists - Humanity - Fact

Extinction Rebellion activists say humanity should face the fact that a mass extinction event is under way on Earth, and that...
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