Updated: Feb 20, 2020
John Kihslinger Jr - Gen X - Basketball Referee and Fleet Supervisor for a food service in a suburb of Minneapolis
1. What are your thoughts when you hear that the climate is warming, the environment is being destroyed and that humans are the cause?
"You know when I look at it, it seems that the weather has shifted about a month. I remember March being a lot warmer. I guess I remember the spring times, March, April being a lot warmer. Now it seems like it stays warmer a lot later in the year. That’s what I see.
I never given that much thought to it. Maybe I just haven’t thought enough about whether humans are the cause of it. But for some reason the weather patterns keep coming to my mind. Maybe it’s me getting older I see things differently."
"As for the environmental degradation thing, maybe its happening. I never really have delved into that too deeply or too hard. Obviously there is an awareness out there but I have kind of stayed in my bubble on that. For whatever reason that’s just where I come from."
2. In your mind what are the forces that drive climate change and environmental degradation?
"I guess that’s the million dollar question right? I really don’t know. That’s as honest as I can be. I really don’t know. It’s almost above my pay grade. There’s a lot of people out there a lot smarter than me. There are a lot of scientists out there and they are not dumb human beings and I listen to some of that but I just haven’t jumped into it deep enough to really know what the science is. I really haven’t tried to look at why the climate is shifting."