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Sea Rainbow
(791101, Pixabay)

Fourth Wave cartoon
(Adapted from Graeme MacKayMacKay Cartoons; fair use, educational)


Forest Roots
(vivi14216, Pixabay)

Tall Island
(Engin_Akyurt,
Pixabay)

Climate Goals Explained (Adapted from
Professor Guido Kühn , 29 November 2020 tweet & Extinction Rebellion, 2 December 2020 tweet; fair use, educational)

Flood Children
(kellepics, Pixabay)

Discourses of Climate Delay 1
(Lamb et al., 2020; fair use, educational)

Discourses of Climate Delay 2
(Léonard Chemineau,
23 September 2020 tweet; used with permission)

10 basic facts for human & planetary survival (Prof Julia Steinberger)

Types of Bad Media Articles on CEE
(Giulio Mattioli)

Fifth Wave cartoon
(Seen on the internet; also see 'Fourth Wave cartoon' above; fair use, educational)

Pygmy Owl
(ArtTower, Pixabay)

Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Quotes

This is a public health emergency.
(Eric Holthaus, The Guardian, posted and accessed 30 June 2021)

The climate crisis is not a human-induced disaster. It's an economic crime scene.
(Julia Steinberger
, Professor in Social Ecology & Ecological Economics, 25 September 2020 tweet; also see here, here)

Climate change will, in a serious way, affect almost everyone alive now. Anyone old enough to escape it is lucky. Everyone is strapped to a rocket in this insane experiment. (Mark Cranfield, 23 September 2021 tweet)

Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money... It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few... You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes... (Greta Thunberg)

To survive with some grace, humanity must organize like the other species on Earth. Those other species are effectively ecosocialist: (1) they do not destroy the Earth, and (2) they share energy and resources relatively equitably. (Peter Kalmus, 7 November 2020 tweet)

Sea Rainbow

Two basic concepts in climate I want the public to know:
1 Trend. If something gets worse every day, after some time it becomes unbearable and systems break.
2 Irreversibility. Humans can't "clean up" climate breakdown or ecosystem and biodiversity loss.
(
Peter Kalmus, Climate Scientist, 7 September 2020 tweet [my bolding])

We have to understand the emergency of the situation. Our leadership has failed us. Young people must hold older generations accountable for the mess they have created. We need to get angry, and transform that anger into action. (Greta Thunberg)

We [humanity] are currently, in a systematic manner, exterminating all non-human living beings. (Anne Larigauderie, IPBES executive secretary, cited at France 24, posted 15 September 2020, accessed 16 September 2020) [We need to prioritise Nature.]

Fourth Wave cartoon by MacKay Cartoons (Covid-19, Recession, Climate Change, Biodiversity Collapse)
Fourth Wave cartoon (Adapted from Graeme MacKayMacKay Cartoons; click to enlarge)

Fascism has often been described as capitalism in decay. The ecological emergency is surely the clearest proof of this. Our political and economic elites either do not understand the ramifications of their actions, which have driven the climate crisis, or simply do not care enough to stop it. (Sam Knights, Jacobin, posted 16 November 2020, accessed 18 November 2020)

Man has the greater power to do both good and evil. Therefore his responsibilities to the Mother Earth are also greater.
(Jethro cited by Gerry Spence in How to Argue and Win Every Time, p.109)

Man's attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and to destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.
(Rachel Carson, 1963 CBS documentary)

The initiation or test for humans today is how we will handle the power we have to alter Nature. Will we serve the whole and lead simple loving lives? Or will we keep going selfishly and destroy it all? (Bruce Mitchell)

That is what is at stake. Our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as civilization. I believe this is a moral issue. It is your time to seize this issue.
(Al Gore, 2006)

Forest Roots

You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children...
(Greta Thunberg)


The thing y'all really need to understand about global heating is that however hot we let it get, it's basically not coming back down. Not in a hundred years, maybe not in a thousand.
And ecological breakdown? Timescale for recovery is 10 million years. Wake up humans.
(Peter Kalmus, Climate Scientist, 5 November 2020 tweet)

We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis... if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then... we should change the system itself. (Greta Thunberg)

Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Man does not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.
(Chief Seattle)


Tall Island

Four Laws of Ecology
  1. Everything is connected to everything else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.
  2. Everything must go somewhere. There is no "waste" in nature and there is no "away" to which things can be thrown.
  3. Nature knows best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner, "likely to be detrimental to that system"
  4. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Exploitation of nature will inevitably involve the conversion of resources from useful to useless forms.
(Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle, 1971)

The ''Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'' mantra is in that order for a reason – to best care for the Earth and all its creatures, including humans.
Reducing
consumption and waste is the priority, by leading simpler lifestyles [personal and societal action] and stopping consumerism [like capitalism, a dysfunctional societal philosophy].
Then reuse if at all possible, both in our everyday life and collectively by designing quality long-lasting products.
Only then recycle. This is the last resort, yet we hear so much about it. It is really important, but tends to distract us from the more important earlier steps. Further, it is a sad reality that much recycling waste does not actually get recycled, or is shipped to the Poor World whilst the Rich World never takes any responsibility.
So, personally and collectively the most important way to help the Earth is to create a much simpler world lifestyle. ‘Personal sufficiency and public luxury’ is one option...
(Bruce Mitchell)
[I have also seen "Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". See 3m14s of this video.]

Climate Goals Explained (uses the image below)
These are not targets to hit, but catastrophic points of no return. To call them "goals" is a dangerous abuse of language that enables Earth to be exploited to its maximum.
(Adapted from Professor Guido Kühn 29 November tweet & Extinction Rebellion 2 December 2020 tweet)

Graphic of a human hand and forearm and a circular saw; degrees of Earth warming mean more is cut off till at 4C the hand is lost
[Perhaps study this alongside The CAT Thermometer...]

Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back – and it is already doing so with growing force and fury. Biodiversity is collapsing. One million species are at risk of extinction. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes... Human activities are at the root of our descent toward chaos. But that means human action can help to solve it...
Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must be the top, top priority for everyone, everywhere...
This is an epic policy test. But ultimately this is a moral test... We cannot use [our] resources to lock in policies that burden [future generations] with a mountain of debt on a broken planet.
(António Guterres, UN Secretary General, cited in The Guardian, posted and accessed 2 December 2020)


It is important for people to understand that 1.2°C is hell for many people across the world and 2°C is a death sentence. (Vanessa Nakate, 16 December 2020 tweet)

It doesn't need to get to 5°C.
It turned out that our paltry 1.2°C is apocalyptic. It's incompatible with agriculture, destroys water supplies and condemns coastal cities.
(Mark Cranfield, 2 July 2021 tweet)

Fantasy-style image of two young children holding hands, as a giant flood wave approaches

Half the world's population will die as a result of Climate Change in our children's lifetime. (Gail Bradbrook cited in Extinction Rebellion UK, 8 December 2020 tweet)

More and more people understand that the survival of humanity is at stake. Simply meditating or praying for change is not enough. There has to be action.
(The Dalai Lama cited at The Independent, posted 12 November 2020, accessed 13 November 2020)


Discourses of Climate Delay
Delay is the new denial. Now that the CEE cannot easily be denied, the baddies have resorted to delaying tactics. These are 'arguments that accept the science of climate change, but lean towards inaction and inadequate efforts' (William Lamb). Read the comic by Céline Keller (PDF here) and/or get informed and amused with these two images:

Graphic of ways we delay climate action

G
Léonard Chemineau [click to enlarge]

If you are surprised that viruses can mutate and possibly get more dangerous wait until you hear about climate change tipping points.
It's a complex system out there.
(Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, 21 December 2020 tweet)
[It's why we must act quickly and decisively now. Learn about tipping points here, here, here, here. The next quote is also an example.]

Methane bubble plumes are increasingly being seen in the Arctic, and Wadhams [Peter Wadhams, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at Cambridge University and author of A Farewell to Ice] is frustrated that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has not yet accepted his theory that, as the ice melts, we could face a catastrophic escape of methane that has been stored for 20,000 years. Estimates, he says, range from 50 to 700 gigatonnes, which could “cause maybe a degree [centigrade] of warming, more or less instantly”, bringing forward by 15–35 years the average date at which the global mean temperature rise exceeds 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
(The Guardian, posted and accessed 23 June 2021)

No climate model predicted ~50°C in Canada. If these models were too conservative then it follows that climate policy needs to be far, far more radical.
(Extinction Rebellion, 11 July 2021 tweet; also see here)

I wish *you* personally understood that we are on the brink of civilizational destruction, and that *you* have to choose a side: collapse, or transformation. There are no more bystanders, just those trying to save lives, and those complicit with mass death.
(Prof Julia Steinberger, 29 March 2021 tweet)

How many floods, infernos, and dying ecosystems will it take for a critical mass to realize that profit-above-all-else is irreversibly destroying our collective future on Earth?
(Peter Kalmus, 30 March 2021 tweet)

10 basic facts for human & planetary survival chart by Prof Julia Steinberger

[Here is commentary on the above chart by Prof Julia Steinberger, adapted from here (also see here):]
Every day is sort of a waking nightmare, because even people who believe in facts 1,2,3 can't get themselves to state that 4 is also true. And that because of 6 & 7, we have no choice but to become activists - starting from the culture of a consumer society.
Seriously: saving the frikkin planet and so so many lives depends on us openly, bravely, stating the basic truth that we need to reduce energy & material consumption and FAST!  This doesn't have to be a bad thing, but it is an unavoidable thing.

Most people in the global North see the ecological crisis as primarily a question of technology, while social movements across the global South recognize that it is primarily a question of justice. (Jason Hickel, 15 June 2021 tweet)

Ask yourself why Government has not formally addressed the nation about the #ClimateCrisis. When drought, water shortages, crop failures, a boiling up planet loom ever closer, why the silence? Government has failed for decades. It trades our children's lives for short term gain. (Valerie Brown, 18 June 2021 tweet)

Graphic of many bad yet typical CEE media article headlines

It has become abundantly clear that governments don’t act on climate without pressure from civil society: threatening and silencing activists thus seems to be a new form of anti-democratic refusal to act on climate. (See Prof Julia Steinberger 11 May 2021 tweet)

Eco-fascism denotes a logic which blames the destruction of the environment on overpopulation and inadvertently or directly demands population control through xenophobic reasoning and racial purity. Naomi Klein identifies eco-fascistic leanings as the blind spot in liberal discussions about persuading the right about climate change: “[T]he right denied climate change not because they didn’t understand the science, but because they objected to the political implications of the science.” Far-right environmentalists tend to overlap with a white supremacist and eugenicist worldview, equating preservation of an unspoiled nature with the preservation of untainted whiteness.
(Jerrine Tan, posted 23 May 2021, accessed 10 June 2021; also see here)

The obvious acceleration of the breakdown of our stable climate simply confirms that - when it comes to the climate emergency - we are in deep, deep s***!
Many in the climate science community would agree, in private if not in public.
The IPCC's reports tend to be both conservative and consensus. They’re conservative, because insufficient attention has been given to the importance of tipping points, feedback loops and outlier predictions; consensus, because more extreme scenarios have tended to be marginalised.
Plenty of peer-reviewed papers not addressed in IPCC documentation present far more pessimistic scenarios. There is no reason why a consensus viewpoint should be right, and we need to be preparing for the worst, even if we still hope for the best.
(Prof Bill McGuire, UCL, cited at BBC, posted and accessed 16 July 2021)

Fifth Wave cartoon (Covid, Recession, Climate Change, Biodiversity Collapse, War)

Can't you hear the future weeping? Our love must save the world. (Ben Okri) [This quote was added to a large grass background and floated on London's River Thames in June 2021 by XR. This was to urge governments to act on the Climate & Ecological Emergency. See: film, here, here, here, here.]

Face and Eyes of a Pygmy Owl

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