I want to end this series of letters on climate change by asking Mr. Norman and Mr. Van Dam a simple question: what if you’re wrong? If I, and the vast majority of the scientists working in the field, and the scientific data are all wrong about climate change, yet we take the steps proposed, we’ll have energy independence, sustainability, green jobs, livable cities, renewables, clean water, clean air, healthy children, and protected ecosystems. If we follow the climate change minimisers course of action and they are wrong, we’ll have expensive energy, drought, flooding, fire, famine, mass extinction of other species, mass migrations, wars, and potentially the end of civilisation as we know it.
I do wonder how the likes of Mr. Norman and Mr. Van Dam justify their positions to themselves, or how they would justify them to their descendants. Clearly they have not absorbed the Seventh Generation principle from the Haudenosaunee peoples, where decisions made today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.