I also admire him because he consistently and unflinchingly reports the unvarnished reality, not just about the social consequences of the ruthless economic exploitation of the 99 by the 1%, but he also links it to the dismal prospects our species now faces thanks to our relentless exploitation of nature. Before the program began, one student asked him if he thought humans would ever rise above these endless wars. He looked discomfited for a minute, before replying, essentially, that we have so degraded our environment that any such evolution is going to be overtaken by dire ecological consequences already set in motion. Poor, poor students. You will see from the video embedded below how gently he coaxes them into assuming a moral stand with no guaranteed reward...without terrifying them, but also without pandering to them by giving them any false illusions. What a remarkable man.
His assessment of the damage we have done by rendering the climate uninhabitable has been reinforced by the recent presentation about the condition of the Arctic melting. The average temperature of Earth is of course rising, but not evenly. By far, the poles are at the most extreme increase. The danger is that methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas frozen over millions of years, is escaping from the permafrost and the seabed. It takes an awfully unprecedented threat for those reticent scientists to go so far as to shriek ALARM!!! But guess what? They are squealing like stuck pigs when they publish a booklet, from the Arctic Methane Emergency Group, and title it Arctic Methane Alert wherein they demand immediate international intervention - and if their calls for insane geoengineering to stop it don't scare the bejesus out of you, try flipping through their flipbook!