More than 11,000 scientists declare climate emergency

November 7, 2019

More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have released a report declaring a climate emergency.

The report, entitled “World scientists’ warning of a climate emergency,” outlines six policy changes that must be made in order to curb climate change.

According to The Washington Post, this study is the first produced by such a large group of scientists to declare a climate emergency and to attribute that emergency to human activity. The report prioritizes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent further environmental damage.

Study researchers call for political action like changes in economic and population policy, more effective human rights policies, and more accessible family-planning services. The report also advocates for renewable energy and the elimination of fossil fuels. Other suggestions include consuming a plant-based diet, shifting current agricultural practices and increased forest preservation efforts.

The study was led by scientists at Oregon State University and Tufts University. Researchers from Australia and South Africa also collaborated on the project.

The full report was published in Bioscience and can be found here.

More than 11,000 scientists declare climate emergency