Re: Personality of scientist that solves climate change
Hi Emekadavid, warm welcome to Booktalk. Thank you for engaging on To Kill A Mockingbird
, I hope you will find the time to respond to some of the discussion we have already had on this book.
Your current question relates closely to several books that we have discussed, notably The Wizard and the Prophet
by Charles Mann, and A Farewell To Ice
by Peter Wadhams, as well as some general scientific discussions on climate policy.
The personality required to solve the planetary climate emergency will need to integrate what Mann calls technological wizardry, on the model of the agricultural Green Revolution spearheaded by Norman Borlaug, and what Mann calls prophetic vision, seen in William Vogt's work to create the modern science of ecology, with its spiritual assessment of the need to transform human values to a simpler sustainable wisdom.
This combination of technology and philosophy is essential to tell a story to the world of the path needed for change, explaining the scale and speed of the required planetary transformation, together with a totally practical path that minimises the risk of conflict, presenting a critical path that evolves from our current situation without destabilising our political and economic systems.
Peter Wadhams shows some of this integrated vision in his long career working on the problems of the North Pole, which is the leading edge of climate danger. The rejection of his work by the prevailing climate paradigm of 'emission reduction alone' illustrates the challenge of telling a compelling and simple story that captures the imagination of the general public in a way that overcomes the resistance of the various dogmatic tribes who now engage in futile combat over their ideological positions.
My view, which I plan to express in my forthcoming book titled Christianity for the Age of Aquarius
, is that the required vision to solve the climate problem will need to integrate several conflicting traditions, including from science, religion, philosophy and politics. Just as great thinkers such as Galileo, Newton, Darwin and Einstein changed the paradigm of prevailing thought, climate stability will require a similar scientific paradigm shift, using new discoveries from seemingly disparate fields to explain the unseen meaning of existing knowledge, revealing a hidden order in the world.