Open Letter demanding Urgent Action on Climate Change sign now

Members of Canadas university community are increasingly alarmed by governments inattention and inaction with regard to climate change. It is more than time to face the ominous facts.

The scientific consensus is clear. The human-caused injection of fossil carbon into the atmosphere is increasing greenhouse gas concentration at a geologically unprecedented rate, unabated by recent intergovernmental arrangements.

The trapped excess thermal energy is driving atmospheric and ocean warming and increasingly chaotic weather and climate changes. The melting of snow, ice, and permafrost is proceeding at an unanticipated pace. The destruction of ice cover aggravates the warming in a dangerous feedback, as reflectivity is reduced and as trapped methane is released to the atmosphere.

This disruption of the complex system of water and carbon cycles is already felt in increased drought and desertification, flooding, fires, and coastal inundation and salination. This means that greenhouse gas emissions not only must be reduced as has been generally conceded but that the cutbacks cannot be postponed for decades, and cannot be made a little at a time. It is analogous to a patient with a fever: at some point even a very small temperature increase causes entire organ system collapse. We now see accelerating habitat and ecosystem loss, water and food insecurity, forced migration, and premature death. The damage which has been repeatedly predicted as a future danger is now upon us.

Yet nations and businesses are racing headlong in the wrong direction.

* Instead of taking even the first step of reducing emissions 5.2\% below 1990 levels as agreed upon at Kyoto, they have let global emissions go more than 30\% above 1990 levels.

* Instead of holding greenhouse gas concentration to 350 parts per million as specified by the worlds climate scientists, they have let the level rise to 392 ppm, headed for minimally 450 ppm within decades under current business-as-usual.

* Instead of viewing the disappearance of Arctic sea ice with alarm, business and political leaders are intent on increasing emissions through offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

* Instead of preserving forest carbon sinks and protecting dwindling water supply (from rivers and aquifers) for agriculture, they are destroying these resources by exploitation of the tar sands.

It is especially grotesque that when life is endangered, death should be given priority: the military is entirely exempt under the Kyoto Protocol. The U.S. armed forces constitute the largest single consumer of oil in the world, using one quarter of the worlds jet fuel. In the first three weeks of Shock and Awe in Iraq, they burned 40 million gallons of fuel, as much as was used in all of World War I.

The carbon-reliant economy is destroying the planet as a habitable environment. The world must move beyond this system, now.

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