Stephen Hawking, accompanied by 374 other scientists and researchers, has publicly denounced Donald Trump’s advocacy for the U.S.A. to leave the Paris Accord in an open letter that explains the threat of global climate change with considerable urgency.
Published by the website Responsible Scientists, the letter is signed by 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences. Organized by climate researcher Benjamin D. Santer, along with Kerry A. Emanuel (MIT), George B. Field (Harvard University) and Ray Weymann, (Carnegie Institution for Science Emeritus), and signed by the likes of popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, the letter is a plea to the U.S.A. to continue to be a part of the Paris Accord, as a refusal would spell disaster for the future of the planet’s climate.
The letter has been signed by a list of elite scientists — 30 of whom are Nobel laureates — and makes a direct point of challenging Donald Trump’s notion that climate change is a “belief, a hoax or a conspiracy.”
In its tone and spirit, it rings out as a warning of the pitfalls of ignoring the guidelines agreed upon by the U.S.A. in the Paris Accord.
With 185 countries and the European Union agreeing to sign it till date, the Paris Agreement is a series of decisions that aim to curb the rapid change in climate with controlled emission of greenhouse gasses and the adoption of several other measures.
Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has been an avowed questioner of the theory of global warming and climate change, and as reported by the Huffington Post, he has on occasions claimed that global warming is a hoax “created by and for the Chinese.”
More recently, in May, just days after the agreement was signed upon by global leaders on Earth Day (April 22), Trump said that he was for canceling the agreement.
It is therefore not surprising that a celebrated scientist like Stephen Hawking would lend his voice to a rippling critique of Trump’s proposed plans of denying the terms of the Agreement if he is elected President.
“…[I]t is of great concern that the Republican nominee for President has advocated U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord. A ‘Parexit’ would send a clear signal to the rest of the world: ‘The United States does not care about the global problem of human-caused climate change. You are on your own.’ Such a decision would make it far more difficult to develop effective global strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change. The consequences of opting out of the global community would be severe and long-lasting – for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.”
According to the New York Times report, Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, is expected to push for the Agreement to come into force from 2016 itself, as he already has enough signatories and ppledges
If its clauses are truly maintained — as suggested by the letter signed by the likes of Stephen Hawking — then the Agreement will be able to influence a great step forward in reducing harmful human fingerprint on the earth’s environment.
In expressing the pitfalls of going over the ‘tipping point’, the letter refers to the traditional role of leadership ascribed to the U.S.A.
“The United States can and must be a major player in developing innovative solutions to the problem of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Nations that find innovative ways of decarbonizing energy systems and sequestering CO2 will be the economic leaders of the 21st century. Walking away from Paris makes it less likely that the U.S. will have a global leadership role, politically, economically, or morally. We cannot afford to cross that tipping point.”
Stephen Hawking has long since been an advocate of taking climate change with a degree of seriousness that we are yet to show it. Hawking has, as noted by Think Progress, previously spoken out against Donald Trump’s demagoguery when it comes to peddling an unscientific idea.
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