Ap­plaud­ing stu­dents

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

In re­sponse to the let­ters ‘Crit­i­cal think­ing’ by Bruce Bell, and ‘Just a day off’ by Alan Jones, March 12, both de­niers to the an­thro­pogenic cause to cli­mate change. It would be nice if they could pro­vide ev­i­dence in sup­port of an al­ter­na­tive ex­pla­na­tion that could be sub­stan­ti­ated. That would make it a test for a real sci­en­tific de­bate.

How­ever, it is be­com­ing some­what of an an­noy­ance to a point of ab­sur­dity to see a re­peat of these let­ters that lack ev­i­dence, and thus can be con­sid­ered base­less.

Con­trary to run­ning the chil­dren down for their march for a good cause to draw at­ten­tion to the se­ri­ous­ness of the is­sue, they should be ap­plauded. They re­alise that it is their fu­ture at stake and it will be they who will be hav­ing to live in a world with in­creas­ingly dire con­se­quences. Apart from rais­ing public aware­ness, it is also aimed at world lead­ers and politi­cians for their slow and lack of ac­tion.

Al­ready the chil­dren have a good grasp of the sci­ence through open learn­ing, not be­ing in­flu­enced by po­lit­i­cal bias, the in­tran­si­gence of in­dus­try — par­tic­u­larly those that are de­pen­dent on fos­sil fuel —- and cer­tain re­li­gious dogma who re­ject any sci­ence that does not agree with their teach­ings.

Bruce Bell has a strange view in his crit­i­cal think­ing, while not pro­vid­ing any answers for the al­ter­na­tive case, and with his re­jec­tion of the sci­ence can only lead to a dearth of knowl­edge.

Ross Forbes has writ­ten many ex­cel­lent and in­for­ma­tive let­ters in re­gard to cli­mate change to The North­land Age with the ex­pec­ta­tion that read­ers get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the loom­ing cri­sis, and if we do noth­ing it is only go­ing to be­come worse.

RAY PATER­SON

Kaimau­mau

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