A group of 1,700 scientists and experts signed a letter 25 years ago warning of massive ecological and societal collapse if nothing was done to curb overpopulation, pollution and, ultimately, the capitalist society in which we live today.
2015 IS THE ‘LAST EFFECTIVE OPPORTUNITY’ TO STOP CATASTROPHIC WARMING
World leaders meeting at the Vatican issued a statement saying that 2015 was the “last effective opportunity to negotiate arrangements that keep human-induced warming below 2-degrees [Celsius].”
FRANCE’S FOREIGN MINISTER SAID WE ONLY HAVE “500 DAYS” TO STOP “CLIMATE CHAOS”
When Laurent Fabius met with Secretary of State John Kerry on May 13, 2014 to talk about world issues he said “we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos.”
Ironically at the time of Fabius’ comments, the U.N. had scheduled a climate summit to meet in Paris in December 2015 — some 565 days after his remarks. Looks like the U.N. is 65 days too late to save the world.
FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS THE LAST CHANCE TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING
When Obama made the campaign promise to “slow the rise of the oceans,” some environmentalists may have taken him quite literally.
The United Nations Foundation President Tim Wirth told Climatewire in 2012 that Obama’s second term was “the last window of opportunity” to impose policies to restrict fossil fuel use. Wirth said it’s “the last chance we have to get anything approaching 2 degrees Centigrade,” adding that if “we don’t do it now, we are committing the world to a drastically different place.”
REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD “HOURS” TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING?
World leaders met in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009 to potentially hash out another climate treaty. That same year, the head of Canada’s Green Party wrote that there was only “hours” left to stop global warming.
UNITED KINGDOM PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN SAID THERE WAS ONLY 50 DAYS LEFT TO SAVE EARTH
The year 2009 was a bad time for global warming predictions. That year Brown warned there was only “50 days to save the world from global warming,” the BBC reported. According to Brown there was “no plan B.”
THE U.N.’S TOP CLIMATE SCIENTIST SAID IN 2007 WE ONLY HAD FOUR YEARS TO SAVE THE WORLD
Rajendra Pachauri, the former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in 2007 that if “there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late.”
“What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment,” he said.
Well, it’s 2017 and no new U.N. climate treaty has been presented.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS WARNED IN 2002 THE WORLD HAD A DECADE TO GO GREEN
Environmentalist write George Monbiot wrote in the UK Guardian that within “as little as 10 years, the world will be faced with a choice: arable farming either continues to feed the world’s animals or it continues to feed the world’s people. It cannot do both.”
GLOBAL WARMING APOCALYPSE 1980S EDITION
The U.N. was already claiming in the late 1980s that the world had only a decade to solve global warming or face the consequences.
The San Jose Mercury News reported June 30, 1989 that a “senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000.”
That prediction didn’t come true 17 years ago, and the U.N. is sounding the same alarm today.