An Open Letter to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon,
The Secretary-General of the United Nations
During the last few years, scientists around the world have been witnessing alarming changes in the environment; these changes are of global significance for the entire planet. Global changes can now be observed throughout all of the Earth, including its core, mantle, lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere.
In recent years, these processes have actively manifested themselves in the form of natural cataclysms causing great loss of life, destruction and huge economic damage in many countries.
The International Committee on the problems of Global Changes of the Geological Environment (IC GCGE) “Geochange” has prepared a special report on this issue. Based on earthquake, volcanic eruption, tsunami and other geological and geophysical process-related data analysis, it demonstrates that the Earth’s geodynamical activity has been continuously increasing over the last 100 years; the tendency has even significantly intensified during the recent decades. This is reflected in the number of fatalities and extent of economic damage caused by natural disasters. A similar situation can be observed in the atmospheric processes, a fact that has been repeatedly indicated in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports. When combined, global environmental changes caused by anthropogenic and natural factors amplify the resulting negative effect on the progress of civilization.
It has to be acknowledged that humankind is not prepared to enter the global natural cataclysms era, either technologically, economically, legally, or psychologically. A joint effort by scientists, international organizations and governments of different countries under the aegis of the UN is needed in order to take effective measures to counter natural disasters and to minimize the casualties and damage they cause to humanity.
Being guided by the highest ideals of humanity and pursuing the desire to minimize the fatalities and damage caused by natural disasters, over 300 scientists from more than 85 countries have signed the GEOCHANGE Communiqué. We hope that the UN will support this initiative of scientists and take appropriate decisions for the sake of further stable development of human civilization and for reducing casualties and damage caused by natural disasters.
Annex: 1. GEOCHANGE Communiqué
2. A report by the Chairman of the International Committee on the problems of Global Changes of the Geological Environment “GEOCHANGE”, June 2010 (Int. Mag. GEOCHANGE: GEOCHANGE: Problems of Global Changes of the Geological Environment, Vol.1, London, June 2010, ISSN-2218-5798)
Yours respectfully,International Committee on the problems