Founder of 'Birthstrike' Blythe Pepino appears on CTV's Your Morning, Monday, June 24, 2019. “I’m lucky enough to have a certain amount of power in this world. I’m white and privileged and I don’t have any children. I don’t have any dependents. And really, this next few years is really, really important in terms of trying to put pressure on our governments to make the big changes that we need for our survival.” Pepino says she made the difficult decision not to give birth after the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change warned last year that the window to prevent catastrophic climate change on Earth is just 11 years.
Nye on HBO: "By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees," Nye said. "What I'm saying is the planet's on f***ing fire. There are a lot of things we could do to put it out -- are any of them free? No, of course not. Nothing's free, you idiots. Grow the f**k up. You're not children anymore. I didn't mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you're adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it? Safety glasses off, motherf***ers."
James Hansen: "The green new deal as they've defined that is nonsense. We need a real deal which understands how economics works and what we need to do in order to move off of fossil fuels. And that requires in addition to this rising carbon fee, with the distribution to the public. We also have to have the technologies we have to help the developing countries, the Western world burned the carbon budget for the whole world. Now we've got a problem. And we're going to have to help those countries they want to raise their standards of living to match ours. And so there, it's a big problem but it's a solvable problem."
Host to Sunrise Movement's co-founder Varshini Prakash: "You and James Hansen both agree on the scale of the challenge but he thinks your solution is nonsense."
Varshini Prakash: "Well I would say that I don't think that simply putting a price on carbon is going to be enough in this moment I think if it were 30 years ago that might have been enough and and even after the most recent IPCC report the UN Climate report that came out last fall's said that we need to make unprecedented changes to every part of our economy and our society to stop this crisis. So I don't think that that's going to be enough I think we need to be we need..."
Hansen: "Yeah, it's not enough, but it's the underlying policy that's required to make the price of fossil fuels honest, otherwise people will keep burning them the same way that we did in the West, because people want energy, they're going to raise their standard of living. They need energy, and we need to make the price of fossil fuels include their cost to society that's the underlying requirement. But there is technology development also, I just quickly touch on, because, because James talked about matching."
UK columnist Katie Hopkins confronted by 'Extinction Rebellion' protesters and turns the tables on them: 'Can you explain to me why it seems to be almost a luxury of the privileged that live in London to dictate to the rest of us what we should and shouldn’t be allowed to do?'
Hopkins called 'Extinction Rebellion' protester "posh” several times, arguing that, in her experience, protesters appear to be affluent, and they prompt policies that would have a much more profound impact on those who were not as wealthy. “Can I ask you a question just to interrupt the constant monologue of you talking?” she asked. “There’s this perception I have where I live, and it’s called ‘the rest of the U.K.,’ that climate protesters are massively over-privileged and kind of ‘posh’ kids — and you seem to be falling straight into that for me. So can you explain to me why it seems to be almost a luxury of the privileged that live in London to dictate to the rest of us what we should and shouldn’t be allowed to do?”
Hopkins added: "Your hero and pinup [kids school striking climate activist] Greta (Thunberg) is actually a very privileged individual with privileged parents."
Hopkins went on to ask the protester where he had gone to school, needling him about whether it might have been a prestigious boarding school. He pointedly refused to answer, arguing that it didn’t matter.