The speaker is right to point out that we’ve never been here before, but when you’ve never been somewhere before, it’s wise to show a little caution.
I think that a large part of the — entirely valid — message here is: humanity is not as smart as it thinks it is. I agree, but I find it ironic that Mr Specter points the finger at everyone… but himself.
Although this speech echoes many of my own sentiments, it lacks one important factor: a sense of humility.
Humanity is not as smart as it thinks it is. Nor as it wise as it needs to be.
Kaitlin Naughten is a PhD student in climate science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She became interested in climate science as a teenager on the Canadian Prairies, and increasingly began to notice the discrepancies between scientific and public knowledge on climate change. She started writing this blog at age sixteen to help address this gap in public understanding, and it slowly evolved into a record of her research as a young climate scientist. Read more