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The Future is Now: Richard Alcott interviews Dr. Alan Betts

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March 13th, 2021

Interview by Richard Alcott, Rutland Herald

Dr. Alan Betts, of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, is a leading climate scientist. He is a frequent speaker about climate change issues around the state and has worked on climate change adaptation planning for Vermont. He says, “The fundamental issue we have not yet faced is that despite all of our power and control, and all of our technology, we have no ethical framework for what we are doing.”

Quoting the 2011 Blue River Declaration, Betts says, “A civilization that ignores the deep constraints of its world will find itself in exactly the situation we find ourselves in now, on the threshold of making the planet inhospitable to humankind and other species.”


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