As we transition out of the pandemic we need to transition out of fossil fuels too. We have the science. We have the knowledge. We have the expertise. And now we have to change.
“Shell’s concern, deeper than its fossil-fuel identity and more urgent than the climate crisis, is Shell. I don’t believe it’s going to lead us to the Paris climate goals, and Shell probably doesn’t believe it will either.”
We must fight climate denial with a new energy and vigor. In this new decade, we must ensure that the deniers’ day is finally done. As Greta Thunberg and the millions of young climate activists demand every week: it is time to listen to the science.
According to the Financial Times “Around $900bn – or one-third of the current value of big oil and gas companies – would evaporate if governments more aggressively attempted to restrict the rise in temperatures to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels for the rest of this century.”
On the frontlines, the certainty of before has given way to the uncertainty of the future. But the fossil fuel machine continues to churn and burn.
Sixty years ago, Rachel Carson sparked our modern environmental movement. But sixty years of denial has pushed us to the brink of climate catastrophe.
The Californian fires are a “tipping point” for many residents as they realize that life will never be the same. They must also be the tipping point for clear concise action by politicians to force the oil industry to begin ramping down their operations now. There can be no more excuses.
Just hours after NOAA released its findings on our rapidly warming world, the Trump administration announced that the climate crisis will not be discussed at the G7 summit next June.
“Rather than planning an orderly decline in production”, Big Oil is “doubling down and acting like there is no climate crisis. This presents us with a simple choice: shut them down or face extreme climate disruption.”
After the UN climate Summit, Andrew Steer, head of the World Resources Institute and a former World Bank official, said the Big Polluters fell “woefully short” of expectations. “Their lack of ambition stands in sharp contrast with the growing demand for action around the world.”