Many environmental activists warn that ignoring climate change is leading to dramatic ecological and humanitarian catastrophe. Some say we’ve already passed the tipping point – that rising sea levels and collapsed ecosystems will threaten our very survival. How do we process such challenging predictions? Do we take comfort in critics who denounce these activists as exaggerating Cassandras? Or has the horror of ecological apocalypse driven our species into nearly suicidal denial? What’s a humanist to do?
Hugh Taft-Morales is the Leader of the Baltimore Ethical Society. Listen to the podcast of his platform address, delivered on February 11, 2012.