The Changing Focus on Science
In 1992, there were 172 governments that sent representatives to a meeting in Rio de Janeiro, called Earth Summit. Among other important issues, the agenda included studying alternative sources of energy to replace fossil fuels as a means to slow climate change.
Though that Summit was successful to the extent that there was an agreement by the nations to avoid harming the climate systems, they have since met 290 times with no reports of improvement in the climate change rate.
In the 20 year period since that first Earth Summit, more climate-changing emissions have been released than during the previous 100 years. Recently the world’s nations met again and agreed to mitigate climate change. Could this be the time of change (National Geographic, November 2015, “This year could be the turning point,” by Robert Kunzig).
It appears that all nations in the world are beginning to understand the cause and result of climate change. There are indications that most nations are willing and able to pitch in and do what they can to mitigate the increasing rate of climate change.
“If foresters and other land management practitioners worldwide collaborate in changing the focus of forest science so as to create and maintain resilient forests, there will be considerably less warming of planet earth. This is a moral obligation we must bear.”
Thanks again to Bob Todd of New Boston, New Hampshire for his thoughts as a land management expert, surveyor, and planner. This posting concludes the series.