By Mark Van Loon, Hamilton
My father, son of a railroad worker, was the first in his family to graduate college. My mother, a coalminer’s daughter, was the first in her family to graduate high school. They were united in their love, their faith and their experience of the power of knowledge.
Knowledge is gained thru education and experience. After WWII the GI bill gave many veterans access to college. Combine the American can-do attitude with scientific knowledge and NASA was born and we put a man on the moon in 10 years!
But now when those same scientists tell us a changing world climate will bring catastrophic results if we don’t address it, suddenly they don’t know what they’re talking about?
Look at it another way: your doctor tells you that you have cancer and if you address it in the next 6 months, it can be contained. Otherwise you’ve got 2-5 years left. You go for a 2nd opinion. Same answer. 97 more 2nd opinions are all the same but 98 says “no problem, it’s just a bad infection”. Do you believe him because he told you what you want to hear?
Another part of knowledge is “if I’d only known that!” What if the family business started by number 98’s grandfather was funeral parlors? What if number 98 owned a big part of all the graveyards in the state?
Think that’s a reach? Look at who profits and who loses. But what does that even matter if we can do something about it? On your deathbed are you going to tell your grandchildren that you’re leaving them a dying planet so that a few folks could make lots more money before they died? Politics and economics don’t much matter if we don’t have a livable planet.