“The best projections tell us that we have less than 100 months to alter our behaviour before we risk catastrophic climate change,” the Prince of Wales said in a speech in Rio de Janeiro, as reported by the [U.K.] Telegraph. Four months later, he predicted in an interview with the [U.K.] Independent that the Earth had 96 months left to avoid “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.” That prediction, which he continued to reference in other interviews, would have given the world until 2017 before reaching the “tipping point” of environmental catastrophe driven by climate change.
“The cool thing about the training is that I will be able to give presentations for the rest of my life,” Vitoff added... “Ultimately it's about getting our society to become more scientifically literate.*... “This is like kind of a turning point in history,” Vitoff added. “We're either going to choose to make meaningful action and we'll be on the path to a sustainable future or we won't, and it will go downhill from there.”
The governor said the world needs to make significant changes in order to prevent an irreversible "tipping point" in the environment, and he compared the situation to the sinking of the Titanic. “The music was playing. They were all in their finest clothing. But the damn thing went down," he said. “We’re talking about something like that for the whole human experiment.” Brown said the threats from climate change are grave and numerous: “Migration, hunger, war, a major assault on civilization as we know it. The stakes couldn’t be higher, even though they’re not immediate.”
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the UN special adviser and director of The Earth Institute believes that three key meetings in July, September and November, will present ‘our generation’s best chance to get on track’: Sachs: ‘The time has finally arrived – we’ve been talking about these six months for many years but we’re now here. This is certainly our generation’s best chance to get on track. Such diplomatic opportunities only come around every decade or so, and here they are all aligned in six months. We need to be successful.' Professor Sachs is an adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Ehrlich to U.S. Senate 1974: 'If we have 20 years -- which I wouldn't put a nickel on -- but if we have 20 years, we're already 10 years too late in starting to do something about it.' - 'One of the big problems is how do you generate a feeling of urgency...'
'If bad weather continues in the Midwest this year, and if the monsoon should fail this year in India, as it might, then I think you're going to see the age of scarcity and many of the changes I'm talking about coming on next winter.'