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Era of fossil fuels must end, say prominent public figures
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.
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.