Hidden Consensus

In 1995, the renowned environmental analyst Lester Brown, a former United States Department of Agriculture global issues specialist, called upon political leaders to commence a 21st century, World War II-style mobilization in response to the gathering ecological crisis.

If we care about the future, we have no choice but to launch a worldwide effort to stabilize our life-support systems — soils, fisheries, aquifers, and forests — and the climate system. Historically, the only comparable mobilization of financial resources and political leadership was that during World War II. Without such an effort to deal with these new threats to our security, we will leave our children a world without hope.[1]

In recent decades, an array of distinguished climate scientists, analysts, businessmen, and political leaders have echoed Brown’s call for a wartime-scale climate mobilization.



Advocates of mobilization include:

  • Michael E. Mann, Climate Scientist at Pennsylvania State University
  • Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO
  • Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club
  • Ted Turner, CNN Media Mogul
  • Thomas Friedman, New York Times Columnist
  • The National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
  • Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org

In a November 2007 speech on energy and climate change, Hillary Clinton said, “For this generation of Americans, climate change is our Space Race. It is our home front mobilization during World War II and it is our response to the Great Depression.”[2] 

[1] Brown, L (1995). “Who Will Feed China? Wake-up Call for a Small Planet” New York: W.W. Norton Publishing Company, p. 141.

[2] Clinton, H. (2007). “Hillary Clinton’s Speech on Energy and Climate Change”, Council on Foreign Relations, Nov. 5, 2007. 

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