A few posts back, when I first featured the issue of “climate change” in a post, I was bracing myself for a negative reaction, and, ironically, I made things unnecessarily provocative by dismissing beforehand whatever contentious comments might come up. And sure enough a few did. For some inexplicable reason, it seems people don’t like to be dismissed, especially before they’ve gotten a chance to say anything – go figure, ;-).
Personally, I really am interested in getting beyond the debate about whether “climate change” is a real phenomenon we’re facing and about whether mankind has been a significant contributing factor to that issue. I’ve observed that debate for several years, and I’ve made my call. But it was wrong of me to be dismissive of those who sincerely object to any of the above, or simply have yet to make that call. For those who do object or haven’t made that call one way or another, well, maybe we aren’t currently on the same page, but so what? If I make a post about climate change, and there is hesitancy or out-right contention, then so be it. I figure that’s fair enough.
Okay, that said, I want to turn to what this particular post is about.
Beginning to post about this issue made me think back to one of the key turning points for myself on the issue of “climate change” and man’s part in it.
It was a few years back when I read the book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe by the journalist, Elizabeth Kolbert. Her project began as a series for The New Yorker, which garnered a lot of critical acclaim. She went on to expand that initial project into a full-length book. In reading her book, the issue first really came to life for me and has stayed that way ever since.
In looking online to see if I could find a good way to get a feel for the book, which I could share with anyone who might be interested, I found the following audio except, and I thought it fit the bill:
an audio excerpt from FIELD NOTES FROM A CATASTROPHE by Elizabeth Kolbert
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