Students from across Europe have sent letters imploring top United Nations and European Union officials to “stop hiding science about global collapse” and finally come clean about the perils of out-of-control human consumption and planet-warming emissions.
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U.N. officials blame governments for inaction, who in turn blame electorates who don’t want cuts in the products they love, which are made by means of extractions and emissions.”
—Paolo van Dommelen, student representative
The students—who represent 24,500 children from the Schola Europaea international schools and whose parents include personnel of key E.U. institutions—charge that “the U.N. has failed to reveal to the public the undisputed scientific realities that nothing meaningful has been, is, or is intended to be done to prevent unsustainable development including climate change from inevitably resulting in global social and economic collapse.”
Specifically, the letters’ signees are calling on leading global institutions publicize U.N. objectives on sustainable development and climate stabilization, and the international community’s failure to meet those objectives.
In 1987, the U.N.’s Brundtland Commission produced the “Our Common Future” report (pdf), which declared, “Sustainable development seeks to meet the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability to meet those of the future.” The U.N. General Assembly, in turn, passed a resolution calling on member states and U.N. bodies to pursue sustainable development.
In 1992, all U.N. member states adopted the Framework Convention on Climate Change (pdf), a treaty stating that the ultimate objective of all signatories is the “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”
The students, in their letters, outline the world’s past, present, and projected future failures to meet both objectives. On behalf of students across Europe, they demand that U.N. and E.U. bodies “keep our future uncompromised with another 5,000 years of civilizations and inform the public of crucial scientific findings immediately by prominently including them in organization publications and websites.”
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