Hav­ing a Goodyear?

Era of fos­sil fu­els must end, say prom­i­nent public fig­ures

The China Post - - LIFE -

A hun­dred prom­i­nent artists, aca­demics and public fig­ures signed a com­bat­ive cli­mate change man­i­festo re­leased Thurs­day call­ing for an end to “cli­mate crimes” and the era of fos­sil fu­els.

Desmond Tutu, Noam Chom­sky, Vivi­enne West­wood and a raft of lesser- known lu­mi­nar­ies sum­moned a grass­roots move­ment to force rad­i­cal change in the global econ­omy, com­par­ing the cause to the fights against slav­ery, colo­nial­ism and apartheid.

“We do not want to be com­pelled to sur­vive in a world that has been made barely liv­able for us,” said the man­i­festo.

“Gov­ern­ments have to end sub­si­dies to the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try, and to freeze fos­sil fuel ex­trac­tion by leav­ing un­touched 80 per­cent of all ex­ist­ing fos­sil fuel re­serves.”

Three months ahead of a 195-na­tion United Na­tions gath­er­ing in Paris tasked with de­liv­er­ing a planet-sav­ing cli­mate pact, the pe­ti­tion ex­pressed deep skep­ti­cism about the out­come.

“For more than twenty years, gov­ern­ments have been meet­ing, yet green­house gas emis­sions have not de­creased and the cli­mate keeps chang­ing,” it said.

“The forces of in­er­tia and ob­struc­tion pre­vail, even as sci­en­tific warn­ings be­come ever more dire.”

Thou­sands of cli­mate sci­en­tists work­ing un­der the um­brella of the U.N. have de­tailed se­vere con­se­quences if global tem­per­a­tures climb more than two de­grees Cel­sius com­pared to the pre-in­dus­trial lev­els of the mid19th cen­tury.

AP

Crew mem­bers hold down Goodyear’s Spirit of Amer­ica blimp as pas­sen­gers wait to get off at the Goodyear Air­ship Oper­a­tions base, in Car­son, Cal­i­for­nia, July 11. The com­pany an­nounced that the Goodyear Blimp is be­ing re­tired by a new fleet of non-blimp air­ships.

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