“In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something – namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below one billion people” – Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, New York Times, (March 2009).
This was predicted by Schellnhuber, one of Europe’s most eminent scientists, then director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, on the premise that if the build-up of greenhouse gases and its consequences were to push global temperatures 9°F higher than those of March 2009.
Current world population: 7.9 billion.
One of the main reasons why youth are so demoralised about their future is that older people lie to them, and young people know this. Older people lie to them about the climate crisis – that is it not as bad as it actually is – that 1.5°C is still attainable. Unless we come up with some miracle technology, it is not. Worse still, older people lie to them about what it takes to make real political change. Going on a march and standing outside schools doesn’t even reach the foothills of effectiveness. Only mass non-violent civil resistance (thousands of youth blocking ‘business as usual’ and getting arrested and going to prison) is in the ball park of creating the massive change that everyone knows is now necessary. The following quote is the founding ethical basis of Extinction Rebellion and Burning Pink,
“To love truth for its own sake is the principal part of perfection in this world and the seed-plot of all other virtues” – John Locke
The basis of respect to another person is to be truthful with them, even when that truth feels unbearable. Roger Hallam shows this respect in this video. Young people face annihilation, which means the collapse of their societies into an endless hell of rape, slaughter and starvation, unless they enter into non-violent civil resistance against the carbon addicted political regimes which are taking them to their death. This is the way it is.
If this video has interested you, check out international youth organisation Last Generation. Last Generation calls for non-violent REVOLUTION.
“Our Generation is forced to do this – we have no choice. We have a duty thrust upon us when the government is guilty of treason. Our demand of Binding Citizen’s assemblies is our path to life, democracy and justice for all.”
See Last Generation’s Core statement and Manifesto: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T…