At St. Joan of Arc church Sunday morning, polar explorer Will Steger preached, as he said, “to the choir.” It’s a very liberal congregation.
He told of ice shelves crashing off Antarctica, the Northwest Passage opening up, rising ocean temperatures, starving bears and other global warming horrors.
But the most challenging thing he said wasn’t that we each need to reduce our own carbon footprint. It was his observation of how polarized the American public and our politicians are on dealing with the environment, and on so many other issues.
“We’re part of creating that divide,” he said, “by polarizing the other side.”
And our challenge, I took from him, is to stop it. Not stop global warming (which we need to do or our kids will pay a horrific price) but stop pushing people we disagree with away.
From the top of the world, Steger sees global warming as a human, not a scientific, problem. That’s perspective.
Hear it again. “We’re part of creating that divide,” he said, “by polarizing the other side.”
— Bruce Benidt