11 April 2010

Presenting the Most Climate Compassionate Fellow in the World — My Husband!

My husband, Peter, has been working for decades on peace and environmental issues, and for 20 years or more on climate change. In the last few months, he has been focusing on getting the basic science out there (it is still poorly understood, if at all, by most people). Most recently, he has been preparing materials to help people attending the World People's Conference on Climate Change to understand that our food security is at grave risk due to the climate change emergency. His dedication is unceasing and a true inspiration — when it's not driving me crazy because I can't pull him away from the computer to come eat dinner!

Imagine, then, my delight at seeing the message below, posted on her blog and sent round by a fellow Canadian, Cory Morningstar of Canadians for Action on Climate Change, who will also be attending the conference here in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I was practically in tears, viewing my husband's commitment to this work through someone else's eyes like this.

Peter won't win awards for his cinematography, but please check out his videos on YouTube, especially those on food security and agriculture, so you can be among those who fight for the rights of all future generations. (Dare I call it progenyphilia, to counter the progenycide, a term I coined to explain that we are killing our descendants by our actions today?)



A series by Peter Carter. Peter D. Carter, M.D. is a recently retired family physician and one of the founding directors of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Through the 1980s for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Peter was a director of the Central Vancouver Island Nuclear Disarmament Association and made numerous presentations on the health effects of nuclear weapons on behalf of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. He was a children's environmental health consultant for the Canadian film, Toxic Trespass – one of many, many, accomplishments. See Peter’s full bio below. Peter is the climate policy advisor for Canadians for Action on Climate Change. Peter and his partner will be in attendance at the upcoming Bolivian conference.

Two degrees fatal to world food security

The two degrees C climate change target is disastrous for world agriculture, according to the science.


Climate change on food security

Climate change is disastrous to world food security because of multiple impacts on agriculture, which is being virtually ignored.


2ºC climate change world food supply suicide

Explains why the climate change food production models are gross under-estimates of the total impact. Why the 2ºC target is certain world food collapse. Why already the worst ever crime against humanity has been perpetrated.


Climate change's terrible truth: Copenhagen Conference's evil outcome

The outcome imposed on the UN climate convention negotiations for the past two years at the Copenhagen Climate Conference in the worst crime against humanity and the greatest evil ever — or ever imaginable.


Climate change's terrible truth: Copenhagen Conference's terrible evil

Series. All humanity and life on Earth are being condemned to virtual extinction by the leaders of the largest industrial nations. The world economy has the world fixed on a true Doomsday scenario on track for a 4.0ºC global temperature increase around mid century. What this means to us and our children is explained.


Catastrophic Copenhagen Climate Accord

The Copenhagen climate 'accord' being forced on the world by the fossil fuel industrialized nations is a plan for the greatest evil ever.


Climate Change Governance 2010

The 2009 US government climate impact assessment shows that in North America climate change is now impacting in all regions. We urgently need to establish climate policy and disaster emergency preparedness at the local and regional government levels.


Catastrophic climate change science series 1. Greenhouse gases are heat radiators

The basic greenhouse gas science proves that emitting them (constantly) is catastrophically dangerous.


Science of catastrophic climate change 2

The many intrinsic aspects of the science that make emitting greenhouse gases more catastrophically dangerous.


Science of catastrophic climate change (3)

Three intrinsic dangers - lag times, feedbacks and tipping points.


'Climate change index' Intro

This new integrated climate science tool shows conclusively that global warming (heating) and climate change are progressing rapidly and extremely dangerously.


'Climate change index' science of climate catastrophe

2nd of 2 parts on IGBPs climate change index making clear the catastrophic danger of GHG emissions.


April 19 People's climate conference Bolivia - unofficial video

'Unofficial' in support of the Bolivian climate position and people's climate conference.


Climate Justice April 19 People's climate conference Bolivia ('unofficial' video)

Supportive ('unofficial') video on climate justice through the Bolivian People's climate conference.


Global warming: how hot can it get?

The climate change damage to human population health and survival will depend on the extreme of the heating (not the average), but this is virtually ignored.



Peter D. Carter, M.D. is a recently retired family physician. He is one of the founding directors of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). When his sons were born, Peter became actively involved in peace and environment issues, especially as they relate to children's health.

Realizing general medical training provided MDs with a special ability for holistic health assessment, integrated risk assessment and precautionary management, he saw he could bring this ability to the developing field of environmental health policy. His special interest ever since has been environmental health policy. He was especially involved in the development of children’s environmental policy.

Peter has been following the global warming and climate change research since 1988. His mission now is to spread the full truth about the risk and the magnitude of the global climate change emergency.

Through the 1980s, for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Peter was a director of the Central Vancouver Island Nuclear Disarmament Association and made numerous presentations on the health effects of nuclear weapons on behalf of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

On behalf of CAPE through the 1990s, Peter made many submissions as an environmental health policy expert to the federal government of Canada and the provincial governments of British Columbia and Ontario on:

  • environmental health
  • sustainable development and environmental health
  • economic globalization and environmental health
  • species at risk legislation
  • revisions of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
  • children's environmental health, and
  • global climate change policy.

As a founding director and driving force of the Nechako Environmental Coalition in Prince George, British Columbia, Peter worked during the 1990s on several successful environmental health legislation campaigns. These included the development of the National Pollutants Release Inventory, achieving federal legislation for dioxins and furans, preventing diversion the Nechako River (the largest tributary of the Fraser River) from industrial diversion, and regulation of formaldehyde emissions in the medium density fibreboard (MDF) industry. He has appeared once on Discovery Channel as an expert on toxins in the home. He has served as an environmental health consultant on air pollution issues.

More recently, Peter served as a director of Georgia Strait Alliance for several years, working to protect the marine environment along Canada's west coast from toxic pollution. In 2002, he was named in British Columbia’s Common Ground magazine as a Health and Toxics Reduction hero in British Columbia's environmental movement. He was a children's environmental health consultant for the Canadian film, Toxic Trespass.

Peter is presently working with the State of the World Forum Climate Leadership Campaign. He is a partner in GreenHeart Education (http://www.greenhearted.org), and climate policy advisor for Canadians for Action on Climate Change.

Peter is the co-author of Homo Sapiens! Save Your Earth from Mass Extinction Due to Global Warming (with Anthony Marr, 2008).

Present work

Peter has always seen as his responsibility to educate the public and governments on environmental health. Now he and his partner Julie Johnston spend their time on environmental educating for the health of the biosphere and the health of all future generations.

Never has a global environmental issue been more badly and poorly communicated than global warming and climate change. Badly because of the relentlessly ruthless campaign of disinformation by the fossil fuel funded skeptic campaign which, in the US, is more aggressive today than ever. Poorly communicated because the science is still not understood even by new science graduates.

Peter is extremely concerned that global climate disruption management policy practically ignores the principles of pollution prevention, precaution, polluter pays, internalization of environmental health costs, and full cost accounting, which were successfully agreed to under the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit Conference.

He is extremely concerned that the excellent 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 1992 Convention on Biodiversity have been practically ignored in subsequent global climate change policy.

In particular he finds that global climate change has not been subject to integrated risk assessment or to catastrophic risk aversion.

He finds that environmental health is not at the centre of global climate change assessments and policy making. While children are the most vulnerable population in all regions to all adverse impacts of global climate change, they are not protected in global climate policy making.

He finds that the economic assessments of global climate change are perverse in ignoring full costs and benefits analysis except in part for the Stern Commission Economics of Climate Change 2006 report. He finds that global climate change policy proposals are not based on the published science.

In short, he finds the greatest ever threat to global environmental health has been and remains the worst ever managed. Now Peter finds that the survival of civilization, humanity and life on Earth are at extreme and rapid risk resulting from 15 years of unmitigated global greenhouse gas emissions with no plans to change from global suicidal fossil fueled environmentally perverse economic exponential growth.

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