Unfortunately, the misrepresentation of anticipating massive disruption and even breakdown of industrial consumer societies due to environmental change, or in reaction to it, is increasing in mass media. They label it ‘doomism’ and argue it is wrong and harmful, without reference to relevant psychology theories or actual data, some of which shows the opposite can be true. Journalists typically cite a few senior experts in various fields of environmental study to make their case that certain analyses are ‘disinformation’. Their efforts might reduce public learning from past decades of failure, undermine calls for radical action and delay focus on climate adaptation – a form of ‘adaptation delayism’.
If you have conversations with academics about these issues, please invite them to consider signing the original Scholars’ Warning. Some signatories to the Scholars' Warning will be meeting in person in Lancaster (UK) on June 18th for a free open space gathering, hosted by the University of Cumbria.
The Independent news story on the latest public letter
The full text of the letter with full list of signatories
Press release on the latest public letter
Op Ed in The Independent about the letter from Professor Jem Bendell
Op Ed about the letter from signatory Dr Jeremy Jimenez
Op Ed about the letter from signatory Dr Rupert Read
Personal blog from Prof Jem Bendell, giving more context for the new letter
The pre-print of a paper on “Replacing Sustainable Development” which explores the latest data on SDGs
Background on the Scholars’ Warning initiative