Reclaiming “Climate Emergency”


  • David Spratt Breakthrough – National Centre for Climate Restoration, Melbourne, Australia



climate emergency, climate change, risk management, existential risk


The term “climate emergency” was employed in the 2008 book Climate Code Red as both a problem statement and a solutions strategy. The core propositions – that the biophysical circumstances were worse than generally understood, that the 2°C goal was dangerously high, and that the time for incremental change had expired – are re-examined in light of events over the last decade and the growing existential risk. The failure to recognise and respond to the climate emergency, and the incapacity of markets to do so, means that widespread social, economic, and physical disruption is now inevitable. An emergency mode of response, characterised by decisive state leadership and market intervention which challenges the dominant economic paradigm, is now necessary to protect contemporary civilisation.


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How to Cite

Spratt, D. (2023). Reclaiming “Climate Emergency”. Filozofski Vestnik, 43(2).