When climate scientists continue to consume animal foods, while talking about catastrophic weather events in the coming decades if we don't make policy changes, I personally find it difficult to take them seriously.
"While Climate Change is a symptom, the fever that our Earth has contracted, the underlying disease is the disconnection from Creation that plagues human societies throughout our Earth.
We, the undersigned, pledge to heal this disconnection by promoting and exemplifying Compassion for all Creation (my emphasis) in all our actions."
In her book, "The World is Blue", Dr. Sylvia Earle, the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, uses the analogy that Life is like a PC and human beings are wantonly destroying various components in the PC, without realizing that the PC could crash as a result.
In his book, "Domination of Nature," William Leiss traces the destructive impact of modern civilization on Life to pervasive attitudes originating with Sir Francis Bacon in the 17th century. Countering the defeatism in 17th century society towards natural disasters in the form of the bubonic plague, childhood diseases, etc., Bacon proposed that the mechanical inventions of the industrial revolution be employed to "conquer and subdue Nature, to shake her to her foundations."
In Oct. 2008, Dr. James Gustave Speth, the dean of Environmental Studies at Yale University wrote, "All we have to do to destroy the planet’s climate and biota and leave a ruined world to our children and grandchildren is to keep doing exactly what we are doing today...."
Human civilization is reaching the limits of the traditional linear economic model which supposes the planet to be an infinite source for industrial raw materials and an infinite sink for industrial waste. Fortunately for us, much of this waste never left the planet and can be found mostly in landfills in the ground.
As the US Northeast experiences record snowfalls during this winter, Vice President Al Gore has been the butt of jokes from those who argue that Climate Change or rather, Global Warming, isn't happening.
By Lester R. Brown
For the 193 national delegations gathering in Copenhagen for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December, the reasons for concern about climate change vary widely.