Alvin Toffler (1928 -) believes there are well-educated women and men who have been reading and writing since childhood, hold degrees, yet remain categorically “illiterate.”
“The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.”
University of Chicago educator Mortimer Adler (1902-2002) wrote How To Read a Book (1949) in which the scholar concluded: “If, after graduation from an institution of higher learning, we do not have the desire to read, study and learn for the rest of our lives, our education has been a total failure.”
November 10, 2015, a middle-aged Admiral of the mighty US Navy was being interviewed on cable television with regard to defense capabilities of our nation. The Admiral spoke hopefully of someday being part of a navy with 300 ships. He alluded to a possible navy of 1000 ships if united with our allies.
The non-military interviewer dared to divert from the subject matter by asking the Officer about global warming. The Admiral did not allude to a 2014 Pentagon study given to President George W. Bush warning: “Global Warming Is a Greater Threat Than Terrorism.”
Our rising ocean now freely enters homes of Norfolk, VA the largest base in the world. To where will US Navy vessels be moved for protection from a warming, rising ocean? There is only one ocean.
Former US Government servant Chalmers Johnson states we have 6,000 bases in 130 nations. How many of such outposts are located on fortress islands like Diego Garcia? This spot in the Indian Ocean was shamelessly taken over by Britain and the US, its inhabitants illegally deported to other areas allowing Britain and the US to establish another military foothold in a foreign region. How will Diego Garcia be protected from Earth’s certain rise in ocean levels? The Admiral may be a graduate from Annapolis Naval Academy, but failed to learn of Earth’s ultimate control over history. He is ecologically illiterate.
During my fascinating 1970’s decade in Hong Kong, I perceived how typhoons from the South China sea forced US Navy ships to remain miles away in open water to avoid disaster. Less fortunate ships forced to remain near Hong Kong found they were lifted like corks onto Kowloon or Hong Kong island land. Only the next very high tide could resurrect paralyzed vessels from their rocky isolation.
Scientists have been warning us since Svante Arrhenius in the 1890’s that relentless burning of fossil fuels will bring big problems to our planet. NASA scientist James Hansen was scorned for informing Congress in June 1988 global warming is a reality. Hansen left NASA to carry out his mission of alerting us to the threats from planetary warming and our rising ocean.
In 2015 more than 600 million people live on land less than thirty feet above sea level. Refugees fleeing violence in Syria and North Africa have inundated Europe in 2015. This massive migration is a mere sign of climate refugees who will be leaving their homes to escape a rising ocean. Fortunately, “7 out of 10 in the US now believe in signs of global warming.” (ADVOCATE, Nov. 8, 2015) Is our ecological literacy evolving fast enough?