their last resort in the face of the climate emergency

In the face of climate change, “scientists warn”, “scientists attract attention”,scientists insist on the urgency of the situation”… These sentences, heard in the media, read in the press, are no longer enough. On the lead of research and reports on global warming for years, scientists are faced with an observation: their word is not listened to enough and political actions too rare to combat climate change and its consequences. From now on, a collective made up of scientists and academics makes itself felt through various acts of civil disobedience. He is named

Rebellion of the scientistsliterally “The Scientific Rebellion”. A collective in which scientists say they are ready to tell the truth about the climate emergency and to act accordingly.

The goal of the movement is to organize actions in favor of a real policy of environmental protection throughout the world, commensurate with the danger and urgency represented by climate change. Rebellion of the scientists it already has several branches in many countries, where each group of scientists campaigns for the same cause and under the same banner.




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Scientists now militants

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The actions of these now militant scientists are numerous. In Munich, Germany, on October 29, about fifteen people from the collective Rebellion of the scientists went to BMW headquarters. All got their hands on an exposed car and all were arrested in the process. Sylvain Kuppel, French scientist, researcher, specializing in the water cycle, was one of them: “I got in the car and put my hands on the wheel.” Taken into custody, and held in preventive detention for six days, the scientist explains: “This kind of action is the last solution to be heard. We are not used to doing this, we don’t want to do this. But the stakes of global warming are too high!”

Sylvain Kuppel on his action in Munich at the BMW headquarters

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Like his colleagues, Sylvain was far from imagining that he should act this way. Indeed, the status of scientist in society is essential to warn and inform politicians and the population about climate change. “The fact that we are involved in this in no way detracts from the seriousness of the science we do” points out, “a study in Lausanne looked at this conclusion: the civic engagement of staff is positive, and should also be supported. The teacher-researcher has a role in society that could reach as far as the citizen, and that would benefit everyone”.

Sylvain Kuppel: “The fact that we are involved in this does not change the seriousness of what we do!”

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“There are only six years left. We must act now!”

This desperation is felt throughout the scientific sphere. This week, at the time of

COP 27 in Egypt, underlined François Gemenne, IPCC rapporteur

the 1.5°C global warming target was not “more attainable”. Which fuels the anger of the Scientist Rebellion members a little more. Even the international collective sees its branches multiply, with the formation of groups in many countries. In Ireland, for example, humanitarian sustainability scientist and climate adaptation consultant Naomi Sheehan joined the movement six months ago: “The reason I joined Scientist Rebellion is simple: we are running out of time, humanity still has a precious window of opportunity to take action, save our planet and save our species. Six years to go before we pass 1.5 degrees of global warming. We need to act now! Our leaders are failing us! Nobody listens to us, we wrote tons of papers, what’s the point of writing these reports if nobody reads or acts on them?”

Naomi Sheehan, humanitarian sustainability scientist in Ireland, explains the reasons for her mobilization

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The primary objective of the mobilized scientists is to obtain concrete and rapid action by politicians in the face of the climate emergency. Kaïna Privet, researcher in ecology on spider diversity, is part of the French collective: “We are calling on politicians to act by truly committing to decarbonisation to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. We are also calling on them to tax the ultra-rich and to ban private jets and yachts which are extreme sources of pollution and ultimately recognize the debt of our countries towards the countries of the South which are the first to be affected by climate change”.

In addition to these requests to leaders around the world, the movement Rebellion of the scientists also applies to citizens. “To win your case, you must mobilize en masse”, emphasizes Kaïna Privet. “It takes about 3.5% of the mobilized population for demands to be heard by governments. This is a call to join us” explains the scientist.

Kaïna Privet with her colleagues from all over the world issues a warning: this movement of scientists will continue to grow. The decade promises to be crucial if there is still hope of containing the increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century. A figure that scientists no longer believe.




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