Desmond Tutu The Guardian, Thursday 10 April 2014
We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet We must stop climate change. And we can, if we use the tactics that worked in South Africa against the worst carbon emitters
This week in Berlin, scientists and public representatives have been weighing up radical options for curbing emissions contained in the third report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The bottom line is that we have 15 years to take the necessary steps. The horse may not have bolted, but it’s well on its way through the stable door.
This is quite a relief, because James Hansen had previously given us only until 2012.
Hansen’s 2012 number was in itself a major reprieve from the UN’s original deadline of 2000
And Paul Ehrlich said we would all be dead by 1980
“I’m scared,” the lean, intense scientist (Paul Ehrlich) told an interviewer. “I have a teenage daughter whom I love very much. I know a lot of young people, and their world is being destroyed – my world is being destroyed. I’m 37, and I’d like to live to be 67 in a reasonably pleasant world, not die in some kind of holocaust in the next decade.”
We should feel very blessed that the bishop has granted us an extra 50 years beyond Ehrlich’s original deadline.