February 03, 2009

World Scientists' Warning To Humanity

I've heard David Suzuki refer to this document in several speeches, and he just did it again at the State of the Salmon 2009 conference, so I decided to look it up.

"Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this appeal in November 1992. The Warning was written and spearheaded by UCS Chair Henry Kendall.

"Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about."

The entire document here.

Posted by Paul at February 3, 2009 01:28 PM