Perish the thought!
Mike Hulme, senior scientist at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, founder of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and IPCC lead reviewer, is challenging people to become eco-poets to roll back the dismal demands of that awful white male thing, science. (h/t WattsUpWithThat)
Mr. Hulme fancies himself a bit of a poet, too, to wit:
“The new climate reductionism is driven by the hegemony exercised by the predictive natural sciences over contingent, imaginative and humanistic accounts of social life and visions of the future.”
“Whereas a modernist reading of climate may once have regarded it as merely a physical condition for human action, we must now come to terms with climate change operating simultaneously as an overlying, but more fluid, imaginative condition of human existence.”
“The idea of climate change is so plastic, it can be deployed across many of our human projects and can serve many of our psychological, ethical, and spiritual needs.”
I have one suggestion right away. Mr. Hulme must write a poem celebrating (or condemning) herpes-like viruses that have recently found on coral populations in the Earth’s oceans and that may turn out to be one of the causes of coral loss worldwide. But let us not hold our collective breath: to date, only anthropogenic global warming has been blamed for coral loss, and so perhaps Mr. Hulme should team up with “Professor” Norgaard who thinks that climate skeptics need psychiatric treatment, and write a poem condemning the researchers who had dared to suggest that microorganisms might also play a role.
Where do they get these people?