The logic of climate change is simple:
- high-levels of atmospheric CO2 threaten our future (not only humans, but many species)
- burning fossil fuels adds CO2 to the atmosphere (scientists estimate that the current level, ~400 ppm, is already dangerously high)
- BINGO! We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground – that means unmined, unpumped, unextracted, unburnt – so that we can return CO2 to a safe level.
What is so hard to understand? None of it, really. The only reason we think of this as a Difficult Problem is that we developed an energy infrastructure based on fossil fuels before we recognized the danger they posed. We are like the lifetime heroin addict who says, “Now you tell me this stuff is dangerous?” Well, yes, now we are telling ourselves, this stuff is DANGEROUS.
Please learn more by reading some of the articles below, and joining the campaign to Keep It In The Ground.
- Divestment Goes Global (Sierra, Sept/Oct 2015)
- Pope Francis issues encyclical, “Care for Our Common Home” (Vatican, 24 May 2015)
- HSBC Outlines 4 Ways to Divest from Fossil Fuels (The Carbon Brief, 24 Apr, 2015)
- Study Finds Global Warming as Threat to 1 in 6 Species (NY Times, 30 Apr 2015)
- UN panel issues its starkest warning yet on climate change (NY Times, 2 Nov 2014)
- Coal rush in India could tip balance on climate change (NY Times, 17 Nov 2014)
- The New School divests fossil fuel stock and refocuses on climate change (NY Times, 6 Feb 2015)
- Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels (The Guardian, 1 April 2015)
- Keep it in the ground: The Guardian’s divestment challenge
- Portland will still be cool, but Anchorage may be the place to be (NY Times, 22 Sept 2014)
- Scientists trace extreme heat in Australia to climate change (NY Times, 29 Sept 2014)
- Methane’s role in climate change (Chemistry & Engineering News, 7 July 2014) (sidebar: Methane by the Numbers)