We live in an era when powerful people, responsible for the welfare of others are willfully illiterate when it comes to science.
It is in fact a breath of fresh air when leaders like the Dalai Lama and even Pope Francis embrace the spiritual beauty of science, rather than encourage environmentally destructive practices based on misinformation and disinformation.
The basic question is can we trust leaders who deny scientific reality? Can they make the best decisions for people if their decisions are made out of superstition and ignorance?
H+ magazine has this article that discusses the issue in depth.