Legendary Physicist: Freeman Dyson’s Perspective on Climate Change Brings Us Back to What Really Matters
Renowned physicist and big thinker, Freeman Dyson passed away today, February 28, 2020, at age 96. Most of his work revolved around studying how light interacts with matter, Dyson will forever leave a mark on the future of science. However, he is most popularly known for his hypothetical structure, the Dyson sphere, as well as his involvement with environmental concerns. His passion for science is infinite, but Dyson’s perspective on climate change brings us back to what really matters. Beyond the distractions, lies a true solution—humankind, conversation, and working together to ensure resources survive.
“I am a tree-hugger, in love with frogs and forests,” he wrote in 2015 in The Boston Globe. “More urgent and more real problems, such as the overfishing of the oceans and the destruction of wildlife habitat on land, are neglected, while the environmental activists waste their time and energy ranting about climate change.” That was, to say the least, a minority position.
The fact of the matter is there will always be something going on in the world. We can create stories virtually about anything, but it’s important we do so in a way that leads us to our nature of togetherness.
“Science is exciting because it is full of unsolved mysteries, and religion is exciting for the same reason,” he said in his Templeton Prize acceptance speech. “The greatest unsolved mysteries are the mysteries of our existence as conscious beings in a small corner of a vast universe.”
It’s no secret human involvement plays a large role in climate change. There are layers beneath every problem just as there are layers of infinite possibilities. While climate change is and shall remain, at the forefront, it is important to remember our interactions with the world around us are what truly make a difference.