NYT Journalist Shares Views on ‘Invisible Ax’ With NCKU Students
TAINAN, Taiwan -- December 10, 2012
“We're living in the world now that is so linked, where we don’t often know
the relationship between the reactions that we have, particularly in
industrialized countries or industrializing countries, and the impacts that
our choices have somewhere else,” said a senior journalist of the New York
Times on Nov. 30.
Andrew C. Revkin, who is also Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at
Pace University, made his remarks as he tried to paraphrase “the invisible ax”
to the students at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan.
Revkin was invited by NCKU to deliver a speech on “An Invisible Ax –
Transnational Cooperation’s Slashing at Amazonia” to reveal the numerous
invisible linkages of consequences of human acts and help young people to
decode the messages behind the environmental problems of our time.
Revkin described himself as a man who has been on a journey trying to
understand the relationship between planet Earth and humanity for more than 30
years as a journalist.
He suggested that his audience employ the power of the community to enforce
transparency in all sorts of institutions to make the world a better place.
By 2050 or so, human population is expected to reach 9 billion and those
billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where
humans are already shaping climate and the web of life, according to Revkin.
Concerning the overpopulation in the future, Revkin noted that there were 1
billion humans on earth in 1800 but in 2012, more than 1 billion teenagers are
sharing the resources of the planet, and “the fate of the 1 billion teenagers
are determined by education and technology.”
One of the students asked that how teenagers can deal with the environmental
issues. Revkin responded, “Make sure you understand the root of the question
and get to the core if you see the issues with a more extended spectrum.”
Revkin advised the young people, “Think globally a few hours a week,
reflecting on what you're doing, and oversee things in a greater scale.”
“It's been an amazing journey traveling around the world, and you all should
get to the weird places when you're young like 20ish,” added Revkin.
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