This year is the 20th anniversary of the “Warning to Humanity”, that was issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists in 1992. It seems unbelievable that the seriousness of this extraordinarily powerful statement has not provoked greater change than it has. It was signed by approximately 1700 of the world leading climate scientists, including most of the nobel laureates in science. Generally, the modern movement in sustainability started in the mid-sixties, which means that there was 27 years of development before this ultimatum was issued. It has now been an additional 2 decades since it’s release, and the cumulative 50 years of thought on the subject leads us to the same conclusion. “We are on a collision course with nature.” Why are our major institutions so slow to respond to such a serious threat? It seems that we are Comfortably Numb.
Maybe it’s time to re-read this important document: