Clearly Illustrating Climate Change for “Non-Believers”
Walt Vernon, PE, LEED AP, EDAC, FASHE
Principal, Chief Executive Officer
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my sadness at the politicians who tear us apart, as a people, and my celebration of those who, like many mayors, build our communities and bring us together.
I have recently been trying to have this kind of conversation with a member of my family–a person I love and respect, but who doesn‘t support climate change legislation because he doesn’t believe that climate change is caused by humans. I have been trying to talk to him about the need to understand science through the lens of science, not the lens of politics, and to then have a political discussion about what we can agree upon to deal with what science tells us.
One of the organizations I work with and volunteer for regularly is the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE). It has members from all over the political spectrum. But, ASHE does not shrink from science; rather, it works to build solutions, including saving energy, that all of its members can agree upon.
Global warming is not a political issue. The health implications of global warming are not a political issue. How we address these challenges can be a political issue. In the end, I hope we can find ways, like ASHE’s Energy to Care program, to come together as a community and to do the things we need to do to make the world a better place.