Economic policies and overconsumption are chief causes of climate change, say Canadian Nobel scientists

    TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - A group of Canadian climate change
scientists and experts are warning that governments must address the root
causes of climate change, and not rely on "technological fixes."
    In their statement "The Wasan Action Framework," released today, the
scientists fault policies that pursue economic growth "for its own sake," and
the large per capita overconsumption of natural resources in the
industrialized countries.
    The statement's twenty-seven endorsers include two Canadian members of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the
2007 Nobel Peace Price jointly with former U.S. vice-president Al Gore.
    "In the long run, we need to focus on sustainable levels of consumption,
which means finding ways to rein in our currently insatiable demand for more
and more," said Professor Danny Harvey of the Department of Geography at the
University of Toronto, who also served as lead author of the latest IPCC
assessment report.
    The scientists also cast doubt on the reliance upon nuclear power and
large-scale biofuels to prevent climate change. "It is no secret that
humankind is already struggling to eliminate hunger and the loss of
biodiversity," said Ryerson University Professor Emeritus of Physics Helmut
Burkhardt. "To take land away from food production and from rainforests is, in
a global perspective, not an option."
    The Wasan Action Framework urges governments and international bodies to
curb overconsumption, promote lower global birth rates through women's
education and empowerment, focus on low-impact renewable energy sources,
reduce carbon emissions and preserve forests.
    The Wasan Action Framework was developed September 13 to 16, 2007, at a
meeting of the scientists and experts on Wasan Island, Ontario. The project
was sponsored by Science for Peace, David Suzuki Foundation and Breuninger

    Download the "Wasan Action Framework"

For further information:

For further information: Prof. Danny Harvey, Department of Geography,
University of Toronto, and member of the IPCC, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel
Peace Prize, h.o. (416) 778-0670, o. (416) 978-1588 (until 2:30 PM today),; Prof. Emeritus Helmut Burkhardt, Department of
Physics, Ryerson University, h. (416) 694-8385,; Dr.
Derek Paul, Science for Peace, t. (416) 532-6440,

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