In following Jem Bendell’s website about Deep Adaptation I came across and subscribed to the website above and also this presentation (39 mins.) by Stuart Scott and Alison Green given in November 2018 at an EU Commission Foresight Group conference. Since the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 and COP24 in December 2018 coverage of the climate crisis has expanded considerably in the mainstream media in large part due to the viral spread of Greta Thunberg’s student strike and the rise of the Extinction Rebellion ‘s civil disobedience that is for the next two weeks operating to disrupt daily transport in London and elsewhere. The Alliance of World Scientists emerged from the 1992 warning by scientists of the gravity of existential threats. 25 years later in 2017 a much larger group of 23000 signatory scientists repeated the warning, as little has been done to address the system change that is needed.
The ‘elephant in the room’ underlying existential threats is a global operating system driven by money (‘a virus of the mind’ or universal meme, according to Scott) and neoclassical ‘growth’ economics which completely ignores the natural world’s ecosystems , ethics and equity.
In his emotional presentation, Scott lists 10 ecological stressors: biodiversity loss; food systems; freshwater scarcity; marine life depletion; ocean pollution; forest destruction; air toxification; soil degradation; overpopulation and climate change. He sees the last of these as the most pressing risk .
For example, the Paris Agreement does not oblige Global North countries to do anything other than report on their own actions. The Agreement also explicitly absolves Global North countries of their liability for climate-related disasters. Unsurprisingly, the result is a world on course for 4℃ warming, and complete civilisational collapse.