Let me help the general public understand the scientists point of view regarding climate change. Simply put, they conduct research and produce results which are then reviewed for accuracy by multiple other scientists in the field. They are experts in assessing the environment and understanding the complexity of climactic and ecological processes. I can say from personal experience with some, that they wish nothing more than to be wrong about its current state. In writing this, I wonder how else to say what's already been said by leading scientists around the world about the consequences of global warming. As a United Nation it is critical to understand that leaving this topic up for debate is consequential to our future, devastating to our children’s, and potentially catastrophic to our grandchildren’s. The unfortunate fact is that we could have and still can minimize the effects of global warming, but we need to start makings changes larger than society has ever before. I understand how difficult change is for people let alone an entire civilization, but this task pales in comparison to the road ahead if we don't make significant changes now. Please understand that my intent is not to come across as apocalyptic but there is no way of avoiding it based on the facts.
So I ask you; As leaders, and policy makers of this country and of the world, do you have the COURAGE to use your intellect to lead civilization into a future of triumph? Or will you help outline a vastly different story of tragedy, about a people with unbelievable potential, that just couldn't get it right?
I conclude with a quote from a former Governor of Wisconsin.
"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard." -Gaylord Nelson
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