In 2017, the heat waves, extreme wild fires, and flooding around the world confirmed beyond doubt that climate disruption is now a full-blown emergency.
We have entered Churchill’s "period of consequences", yet governments have simply watched the disasters magnify, while rushing ahead with new pipelines and annual trillions in fossil fuel subsidies.
Governments simply cannot say they did not know. The events we are seeing today have been consistently forecast ever since the First Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was signed by all governments back in 1990, and which has been described as the best evaluation project ever designed.
Unprecedented Crime first lays out the culpability of corporations, governmental, political and religious bodies, and especially the media through their failure to report or act on the climate emergency. No emergency response has even been contemplated by wealthy high-emitting national governments. Extreme weather reporting never even hints at the need to address climate change even though it is producing wars and migrations among the world's poorest, those who have contributed the least to global warming.
Yet, independently of governments, scores of proven zero-carbon game changers have been coming online all over the world. These exciting technologies, described in the book, are now able to power both household electricity and energy-dense heavy industry.
We already have the technical solutions to the CO2 problem. With these solutions we can act in time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero within 20 years.
These willful crimes against life itself by negligent governments, the oblivious media and an insouciant civil society are crimes that everyday citizens can readily grasp and then take to the streets and to the courts to protest on behalf of their children and grand-children.
This thoroughly researched and highly-documented book will show them how.
Co-author Dr. Peter Carter is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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About the Author
Dr. Peter Carter is founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. He has served as an expert reviewer for the International Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC) fifth climate change assessment in 2014. He has also presented on climate change issues (especially the implications of global climate change on food security for the world's most vulnerable regions and populations) at science and policy conferences in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He is a former family and emergency medicine practitioner.
Elizabeth Woodworth is a writer on climate change science and activism publishing on Global Research, co-author of Unprecedented Climate Mobilization, and co-producer of the COP21 video "A Climate Revolution For All." She is author of the popular handbook on nuclear weapons activism, "What Can I Do?" and the novel, The November Deep. For 25 years, she served as head medical librarian for the BC Government. She holds a BA from Queen's and a Library Sciences Degree from UBC.
James E. Hansen is an American adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, best known for his research in climatology, his 1988 Congressional testimony on climate change that helped raise broad awareness of global warming, and his advocacy of action to avoid dangerous climate change. He was formerly top climate scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Given this availability of solutions (which are largely absent from the North
American media), we authors concur that the political, media, and moral
failures to act decisively have now become willful crimes against life itself.
This conscious refusal to act with purpose helps to answer the questions,
"Where is the human outcry for earth's life-support? Why have we failed to
seize control of our survival? "
Trappist monk Thomas Merton explored a similar mystery
in the 1960s. During the nuclear madness of the Cold War, he
coined the term “the unspeakable” to describe a vacuum that can
be utterly void of compassion and responsibility.
This moral abyss is still very much alive within the deep
military-industrial state that Eisenhower warned about in 1961.
The public needs to acknowledge and understand this nihilistic
mindset, which since the 1980s has played a major role in hiding
from society the truth about the climate crisis.
This moral abyss is still very much alive within the deep military-industrial state
that Eisenhower warned about in 1961. The public needs to acknowledge and
understand this nihilistic mind-set, which will be discussed in a brief section,
"Confronting the Unspeakable."
Pope Francis, in his 2015 Encyclical Letter which was backed by all the major
world faiths referred to climate change as "a sin against God."
Following the Pope's declaration, the UN Paris climate summit was signed by
195 countries yet astonishingly our North American national governments
persist in activities of deep denial, as they rush ahead with new pipelines.
And incredibly, against decades of IMF and World Bank pressure to phase
them out, governments continue to subsidize fossil fuels to the globally
suicidal extent of trillions of dollars worldwide, as if our political leaders
wished to destroy our future.
Simply stopping these subsidies would be an instant game changer.
Another powerful strategy is legal action against governments for the crime of
omission to protect the right to life of their populations a public trust duty
that dates back to Roman times and early British common law.
This book is presented in two parts: Crimes Against Life and Humanity, and
Game Changers for Survival. It will present:
1) the escalating emergency caused by rapidly increasing CO2, methane,
and nitrous oxide;
2) the ongoing political and media efforts to suppress climate change as a
crisis: by denial, by under-reporting solutions to it
Table of Contents
Foreword: Criminality, indeed James E. Hansen 9
Part I Crimes Against Life and Humanity
Chapter 1 Extreme Weather Around the World 21
Chapter 2 Science Betrayed: The Crime of Denial 31
Chapter 3 State Crime Against the Global Public Trust 52
Chapter 4 Media Collusion 67
Chapter 5 Corporate and Bank Crime 83
Chapter 6 Moral Collapse and Religious Apathy 94
Part II Game Changers For Survival
Chapter 7 Energy Subsidies and Tax Reform 113
Chapter 8 Human Rights Based Legal Challenges 126
Chapter 9 Game Changers in Technology & Innovation 144
Chapter 10 Market Leadership 175
Chapter 11 Civil Resistance Strategies 185
Chapter 12 Mission Impossible 200
Science Appendix Evidence of the Climate Emergency 225