Back in the States, global warming combatants regularly appeal to scientists to support their positions. Flip on a conservative news channel, and someone will probably be citing a scientist who refutes the warnings of mainstream climate science. Open the New York Times, and you’ll read that 97% of climate scientists say that our greenhouse gases are disrupting the global climate. It’s not surprising that people are a little confused. With presumed experts on both sides, whom do we believe?
Well, this last week has been a real eye-opener for me. I’m on beautiful Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes, where I’ve spent much of the week with about one hundred agroforestry scientists. I’ll admit, it’s been a little intimidating: one hundred PhD’s, plus me – a finance guy-turned-farmer.
And what, you ask, do agroforesters know about climate science?
That’s part of the beauty of this experience. In truth, if it were one hundred climate scientists, the debate would be a mismatch. Indeed, there would be no serious debate on the core matter of human-caused climate change. It really is beyond dispute in their ranks: they’re convinced that we’re fundamentally disrupting the planetary systems that have nurtured civilization. But what about other scientists whose specialties only tangentially touch on climate? I listened carefully to the agroforesters this week for the answer to my question. Continue reading