Nobel Laureates Call For a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
101 Nobel laureates have signed an open letter demanding an urgent switch to renewable energy, not just in the affluent nations, but in every country.The signatories are experts in the fields of peace, human rights, security, economics, literature and the natural sciences and say they “are seized by the great moral issue of our time: the climate crisis and commensurate destruction of nature”.
“The solution is clear,” the letter adds. “Fossil fuels must be kept in the ground. Leaders, not industry, hold the power and have the moral responsibility to take bold actions to address this crisis.”
Of course, if you're planning to construct new and expanded pipeline projects, keeping fossil fuels (such as bitumen) in the ground probably isn't want you've got in mind.
The letter calls on the powerful nations to help ensure everyone around the world has access to renewable energy.
“Climate change is threatening hundreds of millions of lives, livelihoods across every continent and is putting thousands of species at risk,” they state. “The burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil, and gas – is by far the major contributor.”
Despite our relatively minuscule population, Canada remains in the Top Ten greenhouse gas emitters. That's not just per capita. It's overall emissions. We're punching way above our weight and that's not counting the stuff we flood onto world markets.
Fossil fuels must be kept in the ground. It's our moral responsibility. I wonder what the betting line is on that?