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Blue Planet Prize Laureates Statement: Planetary Prosperity Means Zero Carbon

Nov. 4, 2017, is the the first anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement entering into force.

Nov. 6 – 27 is the UN COP23 Climate Conference, hosted by Fiji in Bonn, Germany.

Dec. 12 is the two-year anniversary of the approval of the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN COP21 Climate Conference.

To celebrate these milestones, 31 Blue Planet Prize Laureates joined forces to remind the world that the agreement is achievable and desirable. They declared:

Planetary Prosperity Means Zero Carbon

The resource hunger of the human enterprise has become too large for our planet. The Paris Climate Agreement recognizes this. It aims to limit global warming to less than 2°C above the preindustrial level. This means ceasing fossil-fuel use before 2050, increasing ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, and improving human well-being.

We, Blue Planet Laureates, wholeheartedly and emphatically support this transformation. It is technologically possible, economically beneficial, and our best chance for a prosperous future.

Our planet is finite. But human possibilities are not. The transformation will succeed if we apply people’s greatest strengths: foresight, innovation, and care for each other.

In addition to Global Footprint Network CEO Mathis Wackernagel, the 31 Blue Planet Prize Laureates who launched this statement include:

Barefoot College with Mr. Bunker RoyDr. Thomas E. Lovejoy
Prof. Dr. Markus BornerDr. Amory B. Lovins
Dr. Wallace Smith BroeckerDr. Syukuro Manabe
Conservation International with Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier and Dr. Peter SeligmannProf. Harold A. Mooney
Prof. Gretchen DailyProf. Qu Geping
Prof. em. Herman DalyProf. William E. Rees
Sir Partha DasguptaProf. Karl-Henrik Robèrt
Prof. Paul R. EhrlichProf. Jeffrey D. Sachs
Prof. em. Jose GoldembergProf. John Schellnhuber
Dr. James E. HansenDr. Susan Solomon
IIED with Dr. Andrew Norton, DirectorProf. James Gustave Speth
IUCN with Ms. Inger Andersen, Secretary GeneralMr. Pavan Sukhdev
Prof. Daniel H. JanzenDr. M. S. Swaminathan
Dr. Gene E. LikensDr. Mathis Wackernagel
Dr. Claude Lorius Sir Robert Watson

For media inquiries, please contact Ronna Kelly at ronna.kelly@footprintnetwork.org.

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