I’m not talking about basketball. Ohio State beats Michigan State for now in a competition of greater long-term significance than some game over who can put a ball in a hole. Some creative environmentalists are shamelessly exploiting the Ohio-Michigan rivalry to point out that according to gardening experts, it won’t take but a few degrees of warming for the beloved Ohio State Tree, the Buckeye, to travel north to Michigan and out of Ohio. Ohio still has the buckeyes, but that could change. Will Ohio have to take the mantle of the Bluegrass State?
Is the movement of one tree reason enough to shift the basis of our world energy production? Of course not. But really, we’re not just talking about one tree. The tree is an example that hits close to the heart of Central Ohio. Is talking about the Buckeye a smart way to get Ohio State fanatics to think in broader terms about the effect of climate change, to raise the profile of the problem just a little bit more? Definitely.