We, the citizens of our nation and of our Earth, are endowed with certain rights, powers, and obligations, which demand we act both individually and collectively to protect and preserve the ongoing evolution of life on Earth, including our future generations.
Based upon a preponderance of scientific evidence we recognize our global climate is rapidly warming and becoming increasingly unstable due to human-caused carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. If we do not change course before global warming tipping points are crossed, this destabilization of our climate will continue to cause ever-increasing suffering and potentially irreversible devastation for both current and future generations. If left unresolved, it could cause the extinction, or near extinction, of the human species.
We further recognize that rapidly escalating global warming and its consequent climate destabilization is the greatest currently active threat to the security of all nations, comparable in scope of impact to global nuclear war. Escalating average global temperature rises will lead to destabilization affecting first millions, then billions of people forced to deal with ongoing climate catastrophes, food and other resource depletion, and mass migrations.
Nearly all of the major problems our world faces today worsen and multiply due to escalating global warming. All of the ecological, economic and political problems listed below will cross-intensify and therefore worsen as average global temperatures rises.
- Food and resource depletion
- Severe droughts, floods, and wildfires
- Rising sea levels
- Water pollution and water table loss
- Desertification and deforestation
- Ocean fish stock depletions
- Growing economic inequity, poverty, and instability
- Political instability and injustice
- War and regional conflicts
- Increasing potential of pandemics and other health crises
Despite 30 years of education, study, and discussion about the possible irreversible effects of human-caused carbon and methane pollution of our atmosphere, global warming temperatures have escalated to levels that may have already passed or be close to passing global warming tipping points with impacts that are irreversible. We must immediately reverse the continued rise of average global temperature by decreasing human-caused production of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.
Failure to resolve global warming for ourselves and future generations is simply not a survivable option.
As global citizens of every nation on Earth, we ask you, our national leaders, to initiate the necessary steps to formally declare a national and international global warming State of Emergency, calling for the immediate allocation of the needed research, resources, personnel, and interventions to quickly resolve this State of Emergency and sustainably protect, preserve, and advance the continued evolution of humanity and life on Earth.
By signing this petition, I pledge to act together with others as one human family to acknowledge and resolve the escalating global warming-caused climate destabilization crisis.
When we reach the required number of petition signatures for each area, we will submit the petition with all signatures to: (1) the incoming President and the members of both houses of US Congress, and (2) governing bodies of other nations (if you provide your nationality).
NOTABLE PETITION SIGNERS*
This is a representative sample of notables who have signed the petition:
Vinit Allen, Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable World Coalition
Paul Allen, Project Co-coordinator, Zero Carbon Britain
Steve Bhaerman, humorist and co-author of "Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here"
Cliff Cockerham, PhD, Chair, TN Chapter of the Sierra Club; President, PSR-TN [TN Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility]
John Cooksey, Writer/Director/Producer of film "How to Boil a Frog"
Raymond Cummings, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University
Kathy Dervin, Senior Consultant, Center for Climate Change & Health
Michael Dowd, Pro-Future Evangelist
Has Ehrbar, Professor of Economics - retired, University of Utah
Dave Ewoldt, Co-founder & Senior Analyst, Coalitions for Mutual Endeavor
Peter Fiekowsky, Founder & Director, The Healthy Climate Project; Lead Volunteer & Founder, CCL 100-year Planning Group
Len Finegold, PhD, Professor of Biophysics - retired, Drexel University
Valerie Gardner, Founder & Executive Director, Climate Coalition
Bill Henderson, freelance climate journalist
Michael Hoexter, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity; Campaign Volunteer, Bernie Sanders 2016
Allen Johnson, PhD, Professor of Geology - retired, West Chester University
John Jorgensen, Marcher, Great March for Climate Action
George Paul Kemp, PhD, Co-founder & former Executive Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Rev. Earl Koteen, Environmental Justice Minister and Board Member, Unitarian Universalist Earth Ministry
Cynthia Lukas, Producer for Heaven on Earth Creations' upcoming film "Ghandi's Gift"
Chloe Maxmin, Co-founder, Divest Harvard
Debbie Mytels, Associate Director, Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth
Terry Patten, Founder, Bay Area Integral
Vanessa Rule, Co-founder, Mothers Out Front - Mobilizing for a Livable Climate
Ezra Silk, Co-founder, The Climate Mobilization
Susan Soleil, Executive Director, Utah Interfaith Power & Light
* Institutional affiliation listed for identification purposes only