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Elevated discussion

Alice Griesemer | Tuesday, December 8, 2009

 When I first read Mark Easley’s letter to the Observer, I was tempted to write a witty reply pointing out inaccuracies and do my best to delegitimize his argument. But Easley’s viewpoint is a snapshot of the larger debate raging among the leading thinkers in our world. Instead of firing rhetoric back and forth in The Observer, why don’t we take this opportunity to elevate the discussion? Both sides, if you really think about it, want the same thing: a bright future for our nation and world. In that sense, we are all talking about sustainability here.

 Whether you think the icecaps are melting or this is just a bunch of greenwashing by crazy treehuggers, I challenge you to educate yourself. Go to the experts on both sides and find out what they think. Please, do not just read the Wall Street Journal or New York Times, but attempt to find the original source. Amazing scientists and scholars come to campus all the time, some even live and work on this campus. Go to some of their talks. Our world leaders will be making decisions in Copenhagen this week that will affect our lives. Don’t you want to know where they are getting their information?
Alice Griesemer
off campus
Dec. 7