Climate Change: From Despair to Determination

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Diane Musho Hamilton talks to Corey deVos about how to cut through the feelings of despair and hopelessness that so many people feel around the challenge of climate change, and how to engage in more skillful and productive communication around the issue so that we can generate the political will we need in order to catalyze new solutions.

Thank you Diane and Corey for your discussion on climate change.

United In Science: High-level synthesis report of latest climate science information convened by the Science Advisory Group of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 .

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time.

This important document by the United Nations and global partner organizations, prepared under the auspices of the Science Advisory Group of the Climate Action Summit, features the latest critical data and scientific findings on the climate crisis. It shows how our climate is already changing, and highlights the far-reaching and dangerous impacts that will unfold for generations to come. Science informs governments in their decision-making and commitments. I urge leaders to heed these facts, unite behind the science and take ambitious, urgent action to halt global heating and set a path towards a safer, more sustainable future for all.
António Guterres , United Nations Secretary-General

This report has been compiled by the World Meteorological Organization under the auspices of the Science Advisory Group of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, to bring together the latest climate science related updates from a group of key global partner organizations – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), UN Environment (UNEP), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Global Carbon Project, Future Earth, Earth League and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The content of each chapter of this report is attributable to published information from the respective organizations. Overall content compilation of this material has been carried out by the World Meteorological Organization. This report is available, together with more extended background reports and additional supporting material, at:

David Hales, Chair of the Parliament of World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force, says, “The science is clear – climate change is real, the effects are happening now, and we are the cause.”

William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsome, Phoebe Barnard, William R. Moomaw, World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency , BioScience , biz088, &

Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to “tell it like it is.” On the basis of this obligation and the graphical indicators presented, we declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) released in October a crucial report by r3.0’s Senior Director Bill Baue: Compared to What? A Three-Tiered Typology of Sustainable Development Performance Indicators: From Incremental to Contextual to Transformational.

“So-called sustainable development indicators abound, but do they actually do what they purport to do? Not really, argues Bill in this report: almost no current sustainable development indicators, that is, actually indicate sustainable development.”

Time to join altogether to create integrative sustainable development using transformational indicators, or better, integrative thriveability, for everybody.