Eminent Climate Scientist Advocates 3-Part Strategy to Combat Global Warming
“Continuation of high fossil fuel emissions, given current knowledge of the consequences, would be an act of extraordinary witting intergenerational injustice.” — James Hansen, et al, Abstract of “Assessing Dangerous Climate Change”
Let the above statement sink in for a moment. It was written by James Hansen, widely considered the world’s greatest climate scientist. He has been researching global warming since the 1970s, and has been raising the alarm since 1988, when he gave Congressional testimony. In 2013 he ended his 46-year career at NASA to put all his energy into global warming organizing. Bill McKibben said of Hansen: “He’s done the most important science on the most important question there ever was.”
Recently, Dr. Hansen wrote an intriguing essay, “The Wheels of Justice,” which we would like to share with you. It is strong and actionable. The essay outlines a three-front strategy required for success in the struggle to stabilize the planet. The strategies are:
1. Through the courts. This front is less familiar to many. In his essay, he reports on a group called Our Children’s Trust, which has gone to court to fight for the right of young people and future generations to have a livable planet. This group has also produced a series of short documentary films called “Stories of Trust,” several of which were shown in the 2013 One Earth Film Festival. Action Opportunities: Contribute to the legal costs of Our Children’s Trust, and use the short films to engage the community about legal challenges to government inaction.