Using the rhetoric of global warming to support the adoption of sustainable practices beneficial to society limits their adoption. Climate data are about to fall outside the models used to "settle" the global warming issue. Atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to increase, while temperature, since 1998, has decreased. The science is becoming unsettling. Is it time for Extension educators to reevaluate sustainability programming and de-emphasize climate and concentrate instead on the many other beneficial aspects of moving toward a more sustainable future at all levels of Extension programming—agriculture, natural resources, the environment, health, nutrition, and housing?
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Tyson, R. V. (2014). The Merits of Separating Global Warming from Extension Education Sustainability Programs. The Journal of Extension, 52(1), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss1/7