Jakob von Uexküll and the World Future Council


Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

In a recent speech to the World Future Council, the distinguished writer, philanthropist, activist and former politician Jacob von Uexküll outlined the future dangers facing our world with an accuracy and eloquence that has seldom been equaled. Here is a link to his speech

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**World Future Council’s Founder Jakob von Uexküll

Jakob von Uexküll belongs to a brilliant family.

His grandfather was a famous Baltic-Genman physiologist who founded the discipline of Biosemiotics.

Besides being a former Member of the European Parliament and a leader of the German Green Party, von Uexküll himself founded both the Right Livlihood Award (sometimes called the Alternative Nobel Prize) and also the World Future Council.

http://www.rightlivelihood.org/

http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/

http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/gpact/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakob_von_Uexkull

Here are a few excerpts from his speech:

“Today we are heading for unprecedented dangers and conflicts, up to and including the end of a habitable planet in the foreseeable future, depriving all future generations of their right to life and the lives of preceding generations of meaning and purpose.”

“This apocalyptic reality is the elephant in the room. Current policies threaten temperature increases triggering permafrost melting and the release of ocean methane hydrates which would make our earth unliveable, according to research presented by the British Government Met office at the Paris Climate Conference.”

“The myth that climate change is conspiracy to reduce freedom is spread by a powerful and greedy elite which has largely captured governments to preserve their privileges in an increasingly unequal world.”

“Long before that point, our prosperity, security, culture and identity will disintegrate. A Europe unable to cope with a few million war refugees will collapse under the weight of tens or even hundreds of millions of climate refugees.”

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Source: World Future Council

You may also be interested in some links to articles reporting the drastic jump in average planetary temperature measured in February, 2016.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35398-climate-disruption-in-overdrive-submerged-cities-and-melting-that-feeds-on-itself

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/03/14/nasa-drops-major-bomb-march-toward-ever-warmer-planet

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/15/record-breaking-temperatures-have-robbed-the-arctic-of-its-winter

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35283-arctic-sea-ice-volume-nears-record-low

Does Methane Threaten Life?

https://theconversation.com/meltdown-earth-the-shocking-reality-of-climate-change-kicks-in-but-who-is-listening-56255

http://www.countercurrents.org/bardi150316.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44427.htm

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35202-antarctica-on-the-brink-nasa-emeritus-scientist-warns-of-dramatic-loss-of-glaciers

http://ecowatch.com/2016/03/02/february-record-hot/

http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

Arctic Sea Ice Growth Could Be Lowest On Record Again

Carbon Pollution Fuels Superwarm January, Hottest 12 Months On Record

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35468-agriculture-on-the-brink

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/03/21/after-unprecedented-year-warming-un-warns-we-must-curb-emissions-now

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/04/amid-climate-fueled-food-crisis-filipino-forces-open-fire-starving-farmers

http://ecowatch.com/2016/04/08/mckibben-break-free/

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Source: World Future Council

Jakob von Uexküll and the World Future Council remind us that the threat of climate change is an extremely severe emergency. Quick action is needed or else our future will be lost.

john_avery*John Scales Avery, Ph.D., who was part of a group that shared the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in organizing the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network and Associate Professor Emeritus at the H.C. Ørsted Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

He is chairman of both the Danish National Pugwash Group and the Danish Peace Academy and received his training in theoretical physics and theoretical chemistry at M.I.T., the University of Chicago and the University of London.

He is the author of numerous books and articles both on scientific topics and on broader social questions. His most recent book is Civilization’s Crisis in the 21st Century http://www.learndev.org/dl/Crisis21-Avery.pdf.

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