It seems not only the leafy things they love, but the botanists themselves are being threatened by today’s climate. Or at least its scientific climate.
The Natural Areas Association has come to the conclusion that the U.S. will lose more than half of its working botanical experts within the next ten years, leaving a dearth of specialists to look after our natural resources and environment on the whole.
The inimitable Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson answered a question recently on the plight of science as it’s progressing today. It seems apt right about now:
“All the adults are saying, ‘We need to improve science in the world. Let’s train the kids.’ I’ve never heard an adult say, ‘We need more science in the world. Train me.’”
Looking for a new career? I might suggest taking a few courses in botany. We certainly offer more than enough ways for you to start through our adult education programs. —MN