We are all well aware of the urgency to take action to avoid the most severe impacts of the present climate emergency, which endangers the lives and livelihoods of billions of people living now, and of future generations – including our children and grandchildren. There are already many initiatives, from private or local to national or worldwide, that aim to do something about this huge problem. However, there is also a specific, important role for us scientists.
We believe that as scientists, it is our responsibility, and that of our institutions, to inform everyone in society about the many interrelated aspects of the climate emergency, to raise awareness of its impacts and in this way to support people who are taking action. As Greta Thunberg stressed in her UN-speech in 2019: ‘Do not listen to me, listen to the scientists!’. We believe that the scientific community has the important task, many opportunities, and possibly even the power, to keep the climate crisis in the focus of attention of the public, decision- and policy-makers.
As Scientists4Future – Twente, we aim to support citizens and organizations in Twente and beyond by:
- informing and educating as many people as possible about the climate emergency and the many connections with our daily life.
- providing information about what can be done to reduce or avoid the severe impacts of the climate emergency.
- assisting all those concerned about the climate emergency by providing and promoting sound scientific advice on issues related to the climate crisis.