Overly zealous scientists, politicians and enviros embellish the truth in order to make a point all too frequently. The controversy over exaggerated or incorrect facts and dates on the global impacts of climate change is just the latest example. The truth twisting has to stop. It hurts the cause. It creates distractions and inertia in a time when degradation is the dominant direction of most ecosystems.
The environment is screwed up enough that there’s no need to stretch the truth. I first shared that thought with Heal the Bay’s founding president, Dorothy Green, following a press conference on sewage spills in the late 1980s. Dorothy overstated the impacts of sewage spills in Santa Monica Bay at the event. The Bay was a mess. Large sewage spills and beach closures were commonplace, even during the summer. Bottom-dwelling fish like white croaker and Dover sole had tumors and fin rot. A dead zone sat in the middle of the Bay. She didn’t have to exaggerate. The horrific facts were enough to inspire people to take action.
That advice I gave to Dorothy long ago still rings true.