Brad Carl says Separating Science From Politics Is Tricky When The Subject Is Climate ChangeThu, 27 Feb 2020 14:42:35 CST
It takes courage and conviction to talk about climate change to a group of farmers who may be inclined to think it doesn't exist. Brad Carl, External Affairs and Climate Specialist for the Nature Conservancy, has an abundance of courage as he addressed the issue of climate change during the recent annual meeting of the Oklahoma Assoc. of Conservation Districts.
Sam Knipp talked to Carl as he prepared his presentation.
Climate change is a very heated, decisive topic, Carl said. He believes if we can separate science from politics, farmers want to talk about the changes and the impacts going on now.
Carl said it doesn't matter what you call it, climate change, or global warming; there are changes happening, and figuring out how it impacts them is explicitly something farmers are willing to listen to.
To keep the "fist clenching" at a minimum, Carl focuses on what we know and what are some of the solutions.
"Everyone likes resilience to help them be better prepared," said Carl.
For example, when we were hit with heavy rains last year, this forced us to look at better flood plain management and recovery.
Carl said he is confident farmers can adjust and adapt to the changing environment.
"Farmers are resilient and innovative. We can get through this, but we have to have that conversation."
To listen to our complete interview with Carl, click on the listen button below.
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