He also urged B.C.’s approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students to take part in the struggle against global warming.
“If we do nothing and it turns out the critics and the naysayers and the members of the Flat Earth Society, if it turns out that they’re wrong, it turns out we are risking nothing less than the future of our entire planet,” said Kerry, who spent a significant part of his 28 years as a U.S. Senator of Massachusetts fighting for clean energy.
He added that global warming could lead to food insecurity through longer droughts and more powerful storms, which hurt the poorest of the world’s population the most, something he witnessed firsthand while visiting the Philippines after last year’s typhoon.
“The solution,” he said, “is staring us in the face: the right energy policy,” he said.
“Ninety-seven percent of the world’s scientists tell us this is urgent. Why? Because if crops can’t grow, there will be food insecurity. If there are stronger more powerful storms, things will change in a hurry,” Kerry said at Boston College, where he received his law degree in 1976.
“Climate change is directly related to the potential of greater conflict and greater instability. I’m telling you that there are people in parts of the world, in Africa, today, they fight each other over water. They kill each other.”
Yes, there are conflicts over water in Africa, but it’s Kerry who’s in the Flat Earth Society if he truly believes that America’s energy policies are going to do anything to fix what’s going wrong in Africa.