UPDATE: Gwynne Dyer talks Climate Change at WDSS
Gwynne Dyer was welcomed by a gymnasium full of students from Wallaceburg and Lambton-Kent Wednesday morning.
Dyer was speaking about the political and military aspects of climate change.
According to Dyer, one of the problems we are currently experiencing in the world is that more carbon dioxide is going into the air right now because of fossil fuels.
“Once you put it (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere, it stays there for 200 years,” said Dyer.
And this change could have all kinds of political implications.
Dyer told students that the current path we are on, with regard to CO2 emissions, will cause the world’s average temperature to rise even more than it already has, and if it rises above 2 degrees there could be serious implications on the food supply.
He says if the average temperature rises too high, the food supplies of the countries near the equator will be in jeopardy and this will set off a political and possibly even a military chain reaction.
But his message was not all doom and gloom.
Dyer also told students that there are some solutions that are possible for the future, including releasing sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere in order to block out some of the sun’s rays, which would slow down the temperature change enough for us to find a solution before it is too late.
Gwynne Dyer will be receiving the Order of Canada on Friday and an honorary doctorate from Trent University a week later.
For more information on Gwynne Dyer’s thoughts and writings you can go to http://gwynnedyer.com/.