Environmental activist Chad Kister promises his talks around the area this week on global warming won't be all doom and gloom.
Sure, he'll hit audiences at Binder Park Zoo on Wednesday, Albion College on Thursday and Kalamazoo College on Friday with the heavy ammo from his recent research:
But Kister said he'll also focus on some practical solutions, because he can't stand it that "people think that it's too late and we have to give up."
While he said "we can't change the past — we've got to focus on the future," Kister said we need to act dramatically and rapidly to derail the runaway global warming freight train.
For starters, he said, "We need to enact corporate average fuel-economy standards" that U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, is blocking.
Another urgently needed step is "enacting a federal cap and a reduction on vehicle emissions," Kister said.
"And I'm a huge advocate of trains and mass transit," he said.
Kister, director of the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign, has been fighting for the environmental sanctity of natural Alaska since his first trip there in 1991. Based in Ohio, he said he has made three more trips to arctic Alaska since then, documenting them in books and a film.
The dramatic facts he cited in a Monday interview with the Enquirer were from a variety of solid sources, he said. He's been delving deep into research as he prepares for a new edition of one of his books, he said.
Robert Warner can be reached at 966-0674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.