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Is science finally changing the drift of the world?

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Science has been in turmoil ever since the planetary crisis threatened life on the planet: it has demonstrated the anthropological origin of climate change and has taken to the streets peacefully to stop the race to the abyss to which the management of the global crisis is leading us. I may be getting it.

Something seems to indicate that science could change the drift of the world. These are small and solid indications that something is happening behind the scenes of contemporary society, although it is not yet known if these reactions will be enough to dispel the abyss to which the current management of the global crisis leads us.

The scientific community has not only become aware of the planetary crisis, as prematurely anticipated Svante ArrheniusNobel Prize in Chemistry in 1903, who in some of his works recorded the influence of human activity on climate change.

Currently, the scientific community has documented ad nauseam, with billions of data, that the Earth is threatened with death due to human activity, just as Arrhenius had suggested. It has also been mobilized to transcend the academic framework and make society aware of the dangers that lie in wait for the human species.

The symptoms of this evolution in the scientific community are clear: last month, more than 1,000 scientists from 25 countriesincluding Spain, called by the movement Scientist Rebelliondeveloped a series of demonstrations and protests throughout the world that ended in temporary arrests.

Also in Spain

This was what happened on April 6, also, at the gates of the Spanish Congress, with two notable scientists, Ferdinand Valladares (CSIC) or Joseph Corners (an FAO historian), who explained to the police officers who were arresting him: “I am here fighting for you, your family, your children and grandchildren.”

Scientific American, a popular science magazine founded in 1845 in which he has even written Albert Einsteinquote to Peter KalmusNASA climate scientist, to explain the origin of this scientific rebellion: “it makes no sense for scientists to remain silent when their science informs them of the existential risk of a clear and present danger that is increasing very, very quickly”.

“The scientists of the world have been ignored and this has to stop… it’s time for all of us to stand up and take risks and make sacrifices for this beautiful planet that gives us life, that gives us healthy air,” adds Kalmus.

His disappointment and despair at what is happening could be endorsed by any scientist today: “I feel really desperate and terrified… I can see very clearly where we are going in terms of climate change, and I don’t see any drive or intention on the part of of world leaders to really take care of this planet and to solve this problem, which really needs to end the fossil fuel industry as quickly as possible,” says Kalmus.

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generational impact

This desperation has fully reached the new generations of scientists. Elena Gonzalez EgeaPostdoctoral researcher in Astrophysics, Hertfordshire University (UK), has abandoned her scientific career to dedicate herself to climate activism and civil disobedience as “the only option consistent with current times”, she says in response to a t21 survey to a group of scientists.

Elena is one of the many scientists who have made that decision in the face of what Agnes Delagea professor at the University of Marseille, called climate holocaust. Delage, who is also part of this scientific rebellion from his academic position, points out that the scientific community has known what has been happening for 50 years, when in 1972 he pointed out the limits to growth.

González Egea adds that “we have realized that decades of studies and reports on the climate and ecological crisis have been useless, because our governments have not listened to us. Also that the problem has ceased to be a scientific problem to become a political problem, that we have to act in accordance with the emergency in which we find ourselves and join the civil resistance movements around the world, “he says. .

Mauricio Misquero, Doctor in Physics and Mathematics and aerospace researcher (Marie Slodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher) in a project framed in the European program Horizon 2020, is another of the scientists who has abandoned scientific research because “we are at a critical moment”.

He adds that he abandoned the investigation because “he felt that he was collaborating with the mirage with which a good part of the people are hypnotized: space fantasy.”

He also considers that “the scientific community has an extra responsibility because it has the privilege of understanding in a very precise way what is happening and has social credibility, so we have to abandon our positions of privilege, risk openly questioning the system and bear the consequences.”

scientific mobilization

Scientific American magazine also notes that the scientific community has historically expressed conflicting views on the extent to which scientists should also become activists on issues related to their own work.

However, everything changed in the year 2000, when the National Academy of Sciences of the United States openly raised the need for scientists to transcend the academic framework to engage in personal commitments and warn of the planetary crisis, explains Edward Costasprofessor of genetics at the Complutense University of Madrid.

He adds that that position changed the lines of research of many groups of scientists, and that the subsequent scientific mobilization has caused a significant impact on the traditional economic world.

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He cites the Group’s latest report Picteta major investment manager based in Geneva, which has taken on many of the scientific pronouncements on the planetary crisis.

radical report

The report states that “the capitalist economic system has generated negative externalities: climate change, obstacles to first-class health care, declining effectiveness of public education systems, and inequalities in the distribution of income and wealth.”

It is a business pronouncement that is much more radical and direct than that of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), belonging to the United Nations system, which was censored by politicians to soften the warnings of scientists, as reported by Scientist Rebellion.

“Knowing now what we know about the impact of fossil fuels, mining extraction, deforestation and the degradation of ecosystems, those responsible have names and surnames. But at the present time, they are not yet designated as the big criminals that they are for the species to which they belong and for life on the planet they inhabit”, explains Agnès Delage.

Eduardo Costas backs up with data what Delage says about the unequal origin of the planetary crisis: “1% of the richest people in the world are responsible for more than double the environmental impact generated by the 50% of the poorest people.” And he adds: “it is easier for society to imagine the end of the world than the end of the capitalist system.”

scientific decline

Costas also points out that the planetary crisis coincides in time with the decline of scientific culture in society, intoxicated with theories and information not only contrary to the truth, but also alien to science and to what we know for sure about the world and its evolution.

And he states bitterly: “working in science today is a poor alternative to life, precisely when we most need scientists to work to know and understand global change, considered the greatest danger that humanity has ever faced, according to the National Academy of Science in the United States. This scientific work is the only way to find solutions”, concludes Costas.

What can be concluded from this state-of-the-science inquiry is that Earth is in a terminal state and that a growing number of scientists are unwilling to allow a fatal outcome for life on Earth.

They are taking to the streets, taking inspiration from historic non-violence movements, to stop the collective madness that is leading us into the abyss. And they openly question the global system that until now has watched the drift of the world indifferently.

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