Ten of the “experts” from ScientistsWarning.org that signed the statement are from Maine, all employed at Maine colleges or the state’s public university system. The founder of the group also aggressively advocates against the world’s current growth-focused economic system.
is a regular at climate change conferences, brought together more than 11,000 scientists
and climate experts to study climate change and render their conclusion for how
to avoid the catastrophe they are forecasting.
Among the “profoundly troubling” signs the declaration lists are:
– Sustained increases in both human and ruminant livestock populations – Per capita meat production – World gross domestic product – Global tree cover loss – Fossil fuel consumption – The number of air passengers carried – Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – Per capita CO2 emissions since 2000
The report lists “encouraging signs” as:
– Decreases in global fertility (birth) rates – Decelerated forest loss in the Brazilian Amazon – Increases in the consumption of solar and wind power – Institutional fossil fuel divestment of more than US$7 trillion – The proportion of GHG emissions covered by carbon pricing (such as the carbon tax that has been proposed in Maine)
There is caveat on the encouraging sign of decline in global fertility, the declaraiton says. That caveat is is that the decline has slowed in the last twenty years.
Among the solutions proposed by the scientists are many that readers may have seen before.
ENERGY & POLLUTANTS
– Quick and massive energy efficiency practices – Replace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewables – Leave existing fossil fuels in the ground – Wealthy nations provide support to poorer nations to transition away from fossil fuels – Carbon taxes that steadily escalate prices to restrain use of fossil fuels – Carbon extraction – Enhancing natural systems – Promptly reduce the emissions of short-lived pollutants such as methane
– Protect and restore natural ecosystems – Curtail cutting in existing and primary forests – Increasing reforestation and afforestation where appropriate at enormous scales.
– Change to mostly plant-based foods while reducing the global consumption of animal products – Free up crop land used for grazing into production of plant-based human food – Convert to “minimum tillage” cropping practices and others
with Scott’s vision of capitalist pro-growth economics as a “cancer” on humanity
that will eventually kill mankind as the “host”, the report calls for a “carbon
free economy” that moves away from growth as the goal of the economy. Instead, the
scientists say the goals should be sustaining ecosystems, improving human
well-being by prioritizing basic needs and reducing inequality.
The declaration does not lay out specific strategies or tactics for overhauling the entire world economy. The call for a carbon free economy and many other components of the declaration are reminiscent of the “Green New Deal” proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that is co-sponsored by Representative Chellie Pingree from Maine’s First Congressional District.
is the declaration’s call for a reduction in the world’s population of human
beings. The declaration calls for the population to be stabilized and then “ideally,
ways the scientists say population could be reduced is through reduced
fertility rates via expansion of family planning services, a term commonly used
by the political left to describe birth control and abortion.
That approach, at least the abortion component of it, was widely panned when Senator Bernie Sanders (D – Vermont) said during the CNN Climate Change Town Hall that he supports expanding abortion as a means of population control to fight climate change. Sanders is running in the Democratic Party’s primary to challenge President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election.
Ten of the more than 11,000 signatories on the declaration, which can be viewed by clicking here, are from Maine. All list associations with Maine colleges or universities, several in the University of Maine system.
They are listed below:
Andrew Barton, Professor of Biology, University of Maine Farmington
Roger Hooke, Research Professor, University of Maine
Malcolm Hunter, Professor of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine
Philip Nyhus, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College
Rosanna Murphy, Geology, University of New England
Klaus Rohde, Professor emeritus Zoology, University of New England
James Saunders, Lecturer, Geology, University of New England
James Vesenka, Professor of Physics, University of New England
Nigel Andrew, Professor of Entomology, University of New England
Harold Heatwole, Adjunct Professor/Herpetologist, University of New England