It IS amazing that there is not more reaction against the workings behind these shifts. The writer makes the point that while the large oil companies are easy to blame, a lack of reaction is reducible to ignorance and complacency.
The truth is, it is too late for all of that. Greening the ski industry is commendable, but it isn’t nearly enough. Nothing besides a national policy shift on how we create and consume energy will keep our mountains white in the winter — and slow global warming to a safe level.This is no longer a scientific debate. It is scientific fact. The greatest fear of most climate scientists is continued complacency that leads to a series of natural climatic feedbacks — like the melting of the methane-rich permafrost of Arctic Canada.
This is certainly a challenge that the next generation will have to tackle much better than we have managed to do in ours.
Wouldn't it be amazing if our educational systems embraced a kind of critical and social justice STEM approach that would graduate cadres upon cadres of youth that can take on this multi-faceted problem?
Of course, we need our teachers to be well prepared to teach this, as well, so this is also a responsibility that should be equally shouldered by our teacher preparation programs of all types.
Surely, there are places within our K-12 system where this is occurring, but this really needs to be a new default in science-based instruction that is itself interdisciplinary and policy oriented.
Short of this, our descendants are destined to a world without snow—and all that attaches to that, as well.
P.S. Check out this equally concerning NYTimes piece with respect to the significant drought in California's Central Valley Titled, "The Dust Bowl Returns."
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