Nobel Prize winners urge world leaders to invest in a plan that could allow economies to diversify away from oil, coal and gas.
More than 100 Nobel laureates, including the Dalai Lama, signed a letter calling for world leaders to take action and resolve the climate crisis while calling for “stop expanding course fossil fuels ”.
In the open letter published on Wednesday, before Earth Day and before Earth Day summitLeaders in peace, literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, and economic science have urged leaders to take concrete steps to phase out the current production of fossil fuels. and invest in renewable energy.
“Climate change is threatening hundreds of millions of lives and livelihoods across continents and is putting thousands of species at risk,” the letter said. “The burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas – has by far been a major cause of climate change.
“Allowing this industry expansion to continue is unscrupulous,” it added.
The 101 winners also called on leaders to invest in a “transition plan” that could support dependent economies to diversify from oil, gas, and coal, and enable communities to copper around the world “thrived through a global transition”.
The letter said there is a need for continued support for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement.
In the Paris agreement, the countries agreed in 2015 to continue to increase global temperatures below 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F).
The letter stressed that the Paris agreement did not mention oil, gas or coal, while the industry continued to grow.
According to the most recent United Nations Environment Program report, an additional 120% of coal, oil and gas will be produced by 2030.
Today, 101 Nobel Prize winners have called for the elimination of coal, oil and gas.
– Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (@fossiltreaty) April 22, 2021
On Thursday, the Virtual Earth Day Summit chaired by US President Joe Biden will begin. During the two-day event, the US is expected to announce a new, positive target to curb carbon emissions by 2030.
World leaders are also expected keep pushing Brazil to suppress deforestation in the Amazon region.
Bilateral discussions – if successful – could force Japan, China, South Korea or Canada to announce new aspirations to achieve goals consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Countries are also preparing for the next UN climate summit scheduled to take place in Scotland in November.