Scientists around the world demonstrated on Wednesday after the release of a new climate report by the United Nations.
PHOENIX — After a startling new climate report released this week by the United Nations, more than a thousand scientists protested around the world on Wednesday, including a NASA climate scientist.
According to Truthout, one of the few media publications that covered the protests, scientists chained themselves to the doors of oil-friendly banks, blocked roads and occupied government buildings.
Twitter posts show scientists wreaking havoc in places like Spain, Germany and Washington DC
“Scientists around the world are being ignored and this needs to stop,” said Peter Kalmus, a California-based father of two and NASA climatologist. “We are going to lose everything. We are not joking. We don’t lie and we don’t exaggerate.
Kalmus made an emotional appeal at the door of the JP Morgan Chase building in downtown Los Angeles. He was arrested with colleagues who chained themselves to the gates of the bank. Kalmus wrote an op-ed about his experience for The Guardian.
“If everyone could see what I see coming,” Kalmus wrote, “society would go into climate emergency mode and end fossil fuels in just a few years.”
The latest UN report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the civilized world is far from meeting its CO2 emissions targets. He says dramatic and deep emission cuts are urgently needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
According to NASA’s official position on climate change, carbon dioxide from human activity is increasing more than 250 times faster than it did from natural sources after the last ice age.
“The effects of human-caused global warming are occurring now, are irreversible on the scale of people alive today, and will worsen in coming decades,” NASA says on its website.
Effects include changes in precipitation patterns, more droughts and heat waves, more powerful hurricanes, and sea level rise of between 1 and 8 feet before the end of the century.
As 12 News reported in February, there is consensus among scientists around the world that widespread damage to wildlife, ecosystems and civilization is already occurring at a faster rate than previously thought.
“It’s the 11th hour in terms of the Earth collapsing, and I feel terrified for my children and terrified for humanity,” Kalmus said.