2012 was a year of extreme weather, from the melting of the Arctic to Superstorm Sandy. It was also the hottest year on record in the U.S., with massive droughts and many wildfires. And it was probably a taste of things to come. Climate change is real. Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is now higher than at any time in the last 15 million years. It’s largely caused by humans burning fossil fuels. The response to unambiguous evidence that the earth is warming? Kick the problem down the road and hold another farcical international conference like the one in Qatar where the climate destroyers gather and sip Chardonnay and issue press releases about how green they are. What is required to arrest and reverse the clear threats to the Earth is a radical shift in not just thinking but in action.
David Suzuki, Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is a leading environmentalist and science educator. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science. He is the host of the long-running CBC-TV program “The Nature of Things.” He is the author of more than fifty books, including “The Sacred Balance” and “Everything Under the Sun.”
Program #SUZD003. Recorded in Santa Fe, NM on November 07, 2012.