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Interview of the Day: Veerabhadran Ramanathan

by Bill Hayes

Patt Morrison, a Los Angeles Times columnist, interviews Veerabhadran Ramanathan, professor of oceanography and specialist on climate change.

What did you tell him [the pope]?

First, I said we have the most distinguished scientists and philosophers in the world concerned about climate change. The second sentence was that while most of the pollution is coming from the wealthiest 1 billion people, the poorest 3 billion are going to suffer the worst consequences. For him to hear this coming from scientists should have been like music, because he talks about the poor.

He said, “What should I do?” I told the holy father, “If you can, in your speeches, ask people to be better stewards of the planet. They will listen to you.”

It’s from that meeting I got my “aha” moment, that science and religion can come together on the environment because we both want the same thing: protecting the planet. There’s none of the tension between science and religion on this particular topic. [more]