Climate scientists have made an urgent plea to world leaders and businesses alike to take action on climate change and implement policies, rather than rhetoric, as world leaders gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Taking the stage at the “Unite Behind The Science” campaign at the World Economic Forum, experts on climate change said that political inaction is not an acceptable option.
“It took 10 years to land a man safely on the moon, and now we have 10 years to land Earth on a safe trajectory for our future,” Johan Rockstrom.
“Scientists want to make clear that every single policy, business and investment decision worldwide must follow the path that gives the world a fighting chance of limiting global warming to 1.5-degrees Celcius and lead to the most livable future possible,” the statement read.
Professor Gail Whiteman, founder of the Arctic Basecamp and director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University added that “we cannot accept insufficient action anymore.”
“If we’re united behind the science then every decision, every investment, every behaviour should be based on what is taking us in the right direction,” he said. “If you decide to invest in and continue to produce fossil fuels, you are walking away from science.”
This year’s World Economic Forum has been given the theme “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World,” however, experts are urging this to transform into tangible change rather than become a transient theme. The United Nations has already recognised climate change as “the defining issue of our time,” with one of its latest reports calling the crisis “the greatest challenge to sustainable development” the world has seen.
The Unite Behind the Science campaign is, according to CNBC News, demanding “business and finance leaders united behind the science by basing every policy and business decision on the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees by 2100.”
“It also insists leaders halt all fossil fuel expansion, investments and subsidies by 2020, phase out existing coal-fire powered capacity in OECD countries by 2030, end the sale of the combustion engine by 2030 and protect 50% of the Earth’s terrestrial area by 2030.”
“If you decide to invest in and continue to produce fossil fuels, you are walking away from science.” Spokesperson, Unite Behind the Science.
Professor Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said earlier this week that “science today shows that we face a planetary emergency. The world must bend the global curve of emissions by 2020 and then cut emissions in the world by half by 2030.”
“It took 10 years to land a man safely on the moon, and now we have 10 years to land Earth on a safe trajectory for our future,” he added.
Climate activist, Greta Thunberg has told the associated press that “I don’t want leaders to listen to me. I want leaders to listen to the scientists, and I want them to unite behind the science. And then I want them to take the action necessary to help us meet the climate crisis,” she added.