“Every decade is consequential in its own way, but the twenty-twenties will be consequential in a more or less permanent way. Global C02 emissions are now so high – in 2019, they hit a new record of 43 billion metric tons – that ten more years of the same will be nothing short of cataclysmic. Unless emissions are reduced, and radically, a rise of two degrees C (3.6 F) will be pretty much unavoidable by 2030. This will make the demise of the world’s coral reefs, the inundation of most low-lying island nations, incessant heat waves and fires and misery for millions – perhaps billions – of people unavoidable” – Elizabeth Kolbert, 2020.
There is a limited time-window to turn down fossil fuel emissions before global heating produces even more catastrophic effects. Dozens of cities and some entire countries have now declared a planetary emergency. We cannot expect wider societal change until we see it where we are. At UC we must bring attention to the climate crisis and we must create institutional change. If interested, please get in touch.
- Key literature about anthropogenic global heating.
- 1. Science: Jeffrey Bennett’s basic primer [free]
- 2. Science: James Hansen’s nutshell document [free]
- 3. Impacts: David Wallace-Well’s ‘Uninhabitable Earth’, magazine [free], book
- 4. Sociopolitical: Naomi Klein’s capitalism vs. the climate, book.
- 5. Carbon Brief: An excellent website of up-to-date information.
- How the major banks massively finance fossil fuels, including those used by the UC.
- 35 concrete recommendations for acting on the climate crisis from the UCSD Academic Senate.