A number of scientists say it is already too late to save Earth. We’re pathetically addicted to fossil fuels and we’ve double-basted the planet with heat trapping gases. We face “runaway heating” which will make most of this planet uninhabitable.
Other scientists disagree. Swedish scientist Johan Rockstrom says: “We have the tools to do what’s required—the intelligence, creativity, and technological know-how. We can reverse the negative trends. …. We can deliver power to our economies without burning fossil fuels.” We can extend livable life for centuries—not forever—if we go fossil-fuel free in the next thirty years.
There it is! The fearsome deadline. Thirty years! After that, it’s doomsday.
Daniel C. Maguire is Professor Emeritus of Ethics at Marquette University. He is the author of fourteen books and editor of three anthologies, 250 articles published in scholarly journals and in publications such as Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today. Most recent book: “Christianity Without God: Moving Beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative” (STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK PRESS, 2014) Past president of The Society of Christian Ethics and The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. Named by Ms. Magazine as “one of the forty male heroes of the past decade, men who took chances and made a difference” in their 10th anniversary issue.