In public debate it is almost invariable that issues of the common good come down to devisive social, political, and/or faith-based stance. The issue of the link between carbon emissions and global warming is no different.
In the last few months, as we have been publicizing five theme speakers for the 2007 AIA National Convention and Exposition (covered extensively in the 5/14-20/07 edition of AIArchitect), we have noticed an interesting thing. One speaker in particular, former Vice President Al Gore, has been a lightning rod of extremes. Some people love the man, some despise him, and few teeter in between.
Unfortunately, that means that the arguments based on reasoned debate are too often lost against the background noise of name calling and the dogma of "I'm right, and you're wrong ... [hands over ears] Lah, lah, lah, lah, I can't hear you."
This week we will take the risk of not saying much of anything here and ask you to take the leap of courage to hit the "Comments" button below and engage in a bit of discussion in the "post a comment" section that pops up (it can be anonymous). Is there a crisis of global proportion regarding carbon emissions? Is it human-caused? If so, are architects the best-positioned professionals to made a difference? And, if not, is it a worthwhile goal or not to curb pollution and oil/coal-based energy production?
What do you think?