Climate Code Red

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Climate Code Red:
The Case for Emergency Action
Author David Spratt, Philip Sutton
Country Australia
Subject Climate change
Publisher Scribe Publications
Publication date
Pages 304 pp
ISBN 1-921372-20-6
OCLC 243605472
David Spratt, Governor David de Kretser and Philip Sutton at the book launch for Climate Code Red

Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action is a 2008 book which presents scientific evidence that the global warming crisis is worse than official reports and national governments have so far indicated. The book argues that we are facing a "sustainability emergency" that requires a clear break from business-as-usual politics. The authors explain that emergency action to address climate change is not so much a radical idea as an indispensable course we must embark upon.[1] Climate Code Red draws heavily on the work of a large number of climate scientists, including James E. Hansen.[2]

The key themes of Climate Code Red are:

  • "Our goal is a safe-climate future – we have no right to bargain away species or human lives."
  • "We are facing rapid warming impacts: the danger is immediate, not just in the future."
  • "For a safe climate future, we must take action now to stop emissions and to cool the earth."
  • "Plan a large-scale transition to a post-carbon economy and society."
  • "Recognise a climate and sustainability emergency, because we need to move at a pace far beyond business and politics as usual".[3]

Co-author David Spratt is a Melbourne businessman, climate-policy analyst, and co-founder of the Carbon Equity network. Co-author Philip Sutton is convener of the Greenleap Strategic Institute and Assistant Convenor of the Climate Emergency Network.[4]

The book was launched by the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser in Parliament House in Melbourne, Victoria, on July 17, 2008.[5]

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