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Report – “Climate Code Red: The case for a sustainability emergency” by David Spratt and Philip Sutton

Posted in Movements, Policies, Research, Visions by Ferne Edwards on February 22nd, 2008

Find details below about the recently released report: “Climate Code Red: The case for a
sustainability emergency
“, by David Spratt and Philip Sutton, published by Friends of the Earth (Australia)

“Climate Code Red is a sober, balanced analysis of our challenge, unadorned by political spin, proposing a realistic framework to tackle the emergency. It should be essential reading for all political and corporate leaders, but particularly for the community.”

The document gives 5 keys to a safe-climate future:
1. Our goal is a safe-climate future – we have no right to bargain away species or human lives
2. We are facing rapid warming impacts: the danger is immediate, not just in the future
3. For a safe climate future, we must take action now to stop emissions and to cool the earth
4. Plan a large scale transition to a post-carbon economy and society
5. Recognise a climate and sustainability emergency, because we need to move at a pace far beyond business and politics as usual

“Our Climate policy is characterised by the habituation of low expectations and a culture of failure. There is an urgent need to understand global warming and the tipping points for dangerous impacts that we have already crossed as a sustainability emergency that takes us beyond the politics of failure-inducing compromise. We are now in a race between climate tipping points and political tipping points.”

The document is available for download at
Climate Code Red will be published as a paperback book in mid-2008.