Stuart Scott at COP25 in Madrid

The Legacy of Stuart Scott

by Robert Hunziker

Stuart Scott (72) founder/executive producer of Facing Future TV and the United Planet Faith & Science Initiative passed away at his home in Honolulu on July 15th.

Stuart’s early recognition of human impact on the planet’s ecosystems resulted in a personal mission dedicated to education of the public about the detrimental consequences of climate change/global warming.

Following an extensive training course with Al Gore’s group Climate Reality in 2008, he left his regular employment to devote the remainder of his life to exposing the climate crisis to the public. Additionally, he advocated ecological economics by founding The Circle of Elders of Ecological Economics in 2021 as an antidote to the illusion of endless growth on a finite planet,

Indeed, educating the public about the climate crisis and offering a solution via ecological economics are his everlasting legacies, which live on in his name by way of several venues he established, but most importantly in the hearts of countless people throughout the world who were touched by his work.

Stuart’s reach was global, spreading the word about a dangerously changing climate system with over 100 presentations at notable climate conferences as well as innumerable recorded conversations with senior scientists and environmental advocates made available to the public.

Stuart and Greta at a Fridays For Future march in Stockholm Sweden

His introduction of Greta Thunberg at the age of 15 to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP24 (Conference of the Parties) in Poland was the start of her remarkable trajectory for a global movement called Fridays for Future. He also influenced a reluctant James Hansen, the dean of climate science, to accompany him to the Paris ’15 climate summit.

Recently, Stuart took the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to task for its appalling failure to properly handle the serious threat of inadequately stored nuclear waste, a project that he intended to carry forward with additional exposure of this covert lethal affair.

Throughout his efforts for climate justice, Stuart has been a vocal advocate of uniting faith and science. He met Pope Francis and Cardinal Turkson, encouraging them to recognize the role of the Church in protecting God’s creation by inspiring congregations to act on climate change. He suggested that Pope Francis attend COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, which the Pope has agreed to do.

Religious leaders including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as the UN World Council of Religious Leaders, the World Council of Churches, and the Central Council of the Baha’i Faith have endorsed Stuart’s tireless efforts. Secular organizations Greenpeace, McKibben’s and The Center for Biological Diversity have also endorsed Scott’s Interfaith Declaration.

Stuart attended 10 of the last 13 Conference of the Parties (COP). He conducted and broadcast interviews and panel discussions under the banner of Climate Matters.TV and, which he founded in order to spread the word of the emerging climate emergency.

Stuart advised us to be fearless in contacting anyone who might further the effort to awaken people to the recognition that growth economics, based on greed and consumption, is destroying our planet. Instead, he advocated a no-growth, cyclical economy based on ecological economics.

Stuart’s passion for this work extended to his dying day, including his last conversation with Noam Chomsky, recorded June 29th, which you can view on FacingFuture.TV. There you will also find his many conversations with ecologists, nuclear engineers, economists, and environmental scientists. More of his work, action ideas, and commentary are on this website.

Stuart’s bold commitment to a sustainable planet and equitable allocation of resources has inspired people throughout the world. He leaves his dedication to preserving the planet to the experienced hands of his colleagues at FacingFuture.

7 Replies to “The Legacy of Stuart Scott”

  1. Stuart will be irreplaceable, with no disrespect to those carrying his legacy forward. I am a better person for having known Stuart, and am humbled that in a small way I was able to help him at the COP’s at all the 10 COP’s he attended. In between the serious stuff Stuart was easy to talk too about all sorts of issues, including having a laugh along the way.

    My sincere condolences. His passion will be missed in many circles.

  2. I am sorry about this, I met him at meetings of the International Society for Ecological economics, also in Rome with Cardinal Tucson, and in Barcelona where he came for a visit … He had a mission, he was persuasive.

  3. I tracked Stuart’s emotional journey of ill health through watching his videos. His commitment to telling the truth of the climate crisis, and its implications, with other experts was his important legacy. I will not let him down in my own meagre efforts to do the same in my own way.

    Prof Roy Tasker
    Chief Scientific Adviser, Planet Ark Foundation

  4. I met Stuart in a conference held by the university when I was pursuing my master’s degree. I was touched by the message he was trying to convey back to the time when not so many people were aware of the crisis that we are facing. It was my great honor to contribute a little bit to translating some of the educational videos into my mother language and let more people know about what’s been missed in the mainstream media. More and more people now are aware of climate and environment safety, which may be a different story without warriors like Stuart. Yes, I would call him a warrior, a prophet, and a true mentor.

  5. I was very saddened to hear of Stuart’s tragic and untimely passing. I feel somewhat guilty that I was unaware, until now (January 2022), of his ill health and eventual death.

    It was because of Stuart that I was bestowed the honour and privilege of representing the International Society for Ecological Economics at COP-23 in Bonn. Stuart invited me to give a short presentation, to be interviewed, and engage in a Q&A session, which was filmed as part of Stuart’s Climate Matters TV program.

    I had previously not met Stuart. It was clear to me that he was man with a tireless commitment to bring about a sustainable and equitable world. Stuart recognised that the climate change crisis, like every global ecological crisis, is a symptom of ecological overshoot that will only be resolved if humankind can find a way to reduce its rate of resource use and waste generation (including the emission of greenhouse gases) so that they are within the regenerative and waste assimilative capacities of Spaceship Earth, which they both are not at present. That Stuart would insist on this imperative, without fear or contradiction, is an everlasting credit to him.

    RIP Stuart

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