As a retired NASA engineer, I see analogies between mitigating climate and my past career. The Armstrong Flight Research Center (formerly the Dryden Flight Research Center) has long been notable in the realm of risk management and flight safety. This comes from years of assessing real-world realities that may come back to bite us.
Extend that to the greatest risk-management problem of all – civilization riding planet Earth into a very troubled future. Those that must make the adjustments are onboard. All disciplines must contribute.
Possibly the best thought leader for solutions has come forward. David Ray Griffin has written a stellar book, Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? (Clarity Press, 2015). The book’s tagline says it best: “Everything you need to know about climate change and what can be done about it.”
Griffin addresses the scientific, moral, and spiritual problems that are blocking progress, and then offers solutions. I was struck by the breadth of disciplines and expertise among the reviewers on the cover. The review by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, is depicted in this 30-second video.
Richard Falk, Emeritus Professor of International Law at Princeton University, says, “if you can read only one book on climate change, make it be Unprecedented.”