We are scientists, calling for a climate revolution

"We are currently heading directly towards civilizational collapse.

We need to switch into climate emergency mode as a society."

Dr. Peter Kalmus

As scientists, we have tried writing reports and giving presentations about the climate and ecological crisis to those in power. We must now have the humility to accept these attempts have not worked. Now is the time for us to take action, so that we show how seriously we take our warnings.

If you are located in Germany or can travel to Germany, the town of Lützerath is being evicted to expand an open lignite mine and your support is needed.

Read and sign our call to action!

A united academia has the power to shift the course of the climate crisis.

Over 1000 academics have already signed.

Calling academics of all disciplines! The IPCC pathway for staying below the 1.5°C warming limit is now considered implausible by the expert climate community. Citizens need to know: the world is expected to breach 1.5°C of heating within a decade or so.

Over 500 academics from 42 countries have now signed, including IPCC contributors. We are seeking a journal or mainstream outlet to publish. In the meantime, please keep signing so academia makes an even bigger statement before COP27.

If you have a background in the natural sciences and see the consequences of climate and ecological breakdown…
If you have a background in the humanities or social sciences and see what societal collapse means
If you are a basic researcher and afraid that the meaning of your work will be threatened by societal collapse
If your education gives you the tools to understand the literature and makes you see the gap between science and politics
If you’d like to support Scientist Rebellion with your talents and capacity

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The Climate and Ecological Crisis

Human industrial activity has impacted the world as severely as the asteroid which wiped out the dinosaurs. 70% of the mammals, fish, birds, plants, amphibians, reptiles, and around half of the insects annihilated. Greenhouse gas emissions and temperatures soaring faster than at perhaps any point in Earth’s history. Climate tipping points being crossed – like the melting of the Arctic – accelerating heating and stripping humanity of meaningful control over our future. 

We are heading toward a world at least 4°C hotter this century. The effects will be catastrophic. Even 2°C – which we are set to burn through by 2050 – means billions without enough food and water, hundreds of millions of refugees, historic natural disasters virtually every year, war, disease. Without political and economic revolution we face a nightmare from which we cannot wake. Scientists know this, and we are starting to resist.   

"There is a very big risk that we will just end our civilisation. The human species will survive somehow but we will destroy almost everything we have built up over the last 2000 years" -
Prof. Hans Schellnhuber, director emeritus of the Potsdam Institute.

Why We Rebel

Scientists have spent decades writing papers, advising government, briefing the press: all have failed. What is the point in documenting in ever greater detail the catastrophe we face, if we are not willing to do anything about it? 

Academics are perfectly placed to wage a rebellion: we exist in rich hubs of knowledge and expertise; we are well connected across the world, and to decision-makers; we have large platforms from which to inform, educate and rally others all over the world; and we have implicit authority and legitimacy, which is the basis of political power. We can make a difference. We must do what we can to halt the greatest destruction in human history.

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