By Harry Hutchins.
I am sitting here eating Habanera hot salsa. Some say the climate isn’t changing--just like my tongue isn’t reacting much to this mild salsa. I’ll try the hot stuff. It was on sale. Shouldn’t bother me, eh? Heck I lived Arizona for 3 years and once spent a month in the land of Hot food – Sichuan, China. Holy cow that was a quick change!!!! I felt that hot habanera this time!
We humans don’t like quick change. And we deny it until that truck is just a few feet away from hitting us. Reminds me of many of us in the United States. This is the way we are reacting to climate change. The trouble is, we better not wait till it gets to close because like the truck or the hot sauce, it is going to seem to happen quickly when it does.
So if 2007 ornithologists told you they saw Cedar waxwings in a fruit tree in Grand Rapids yesterday, I bet you’d believe them, right? So why not believe 2007 climate scientist who are the top experts in their field? Why is some science OK and other science observations are incorrect from our point of view. Science takes no stance. Policy does. What more evidence do you need?
I believe Jeff Masters who has a 30 plus years climatology background and a PhD in that field when he tells us there are no written records of these kinds of extreme events that have happened in the past few years. 13” of rain in Tennessee? Or Dr. Heidi Cullen another climatologist who not only researches the science behind climate change, but interprets and communicates it very well. And you should believe it too. The weather may very well change as quickly as different salsas and create a widely oscillating climate. That is called climate change. Europe in a deep cold and snow. Hey, that was a prediction by climate scientist too.
What kind of world do we want?
What do you want? That’s what David Suzuki asked in his latest book The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for Our Sustainable Future to the people of Canada, his home country. Do you want clean water to drink and to catch non toxic fish? Do you want carcinogenic chemicals in your food or in the air you breath? Do you want to be able to walk a Lake Michigan Beach without cutting your toes upon non native zebra muscles? What he was saying is let us get together with our politicians and find all those things we agree upon. We have a good idea now from the science what makes a healthy planet. Set some targets and make policy to get to those targets. Let’s not wait any longer.
Harry Hutchins Dec. 22, 2010
91.7 KAXE Tuesday mornings at 8:45. Click here to listen to "The Wild Weather of 2010," a piece by Living on Earth that talks with Jeff Masters, Dr. Heidi Cullen and other scientists about the weather extremes in the last year.
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