Some would argue that there is no debate. The science is settled.
Before I go further, I have to admit that I have gone back and forth as to whether or not to write about this. I even started a blog post then deleted it. I care about our planet and love the beauty that God provided for us. I believe we are to be good stewards of the resources given to us. I do not agree with the current accepted viewpoints being pushed. Explanations to follow.
Let’s go back to ‘the science is settled’. Several viewpoints in history have been held by popular belief to be settled.
The earth was flat.
The earth was the center of the universe (and it was heresy punishable by death to say otherwise).
There is no particle smaller than the atom.
Science is in continual quest of new information. We do the best with the information available to us at the current point in time.
I watched Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth. I wanted to give it a fair run. I majored in Earth Science in college. The famous graph at the end of the movie with the line shooting up into the stratosphere is not reliable information. It has no labels or scale. Without labels and scale, a graph may indeed contain facts, but those facts may be manipulated to show what you wish them to. It’s all in the scale used, and Gore’s graph does not give us the scale or any factual information to prove his point. May I also point out that for someone telling the world to care about their carbon footprint, his is pretty massive with his mansion and other homes. He’s also flown many times in a private jet.
I saw an excerpt of the Swedish teen Greta addressing the UN on the topic of climate change. For the length of the clip I saw, her face was in an angry scowl the entire time. This child has been fed on hatred toward the older generations who are, in her mind, destroying her planet.
When I was in junior high/high school, we were told that we were headed for a deep ice age before the year 2000. In college, we heard about the hole in the ozone non-stop. Then it became global warming, then when nature wasn’t proving that point (London indeed saw snow well past the ten year no-more-snow prediction), the narrative became climate change.
My point is, young teenagers are right to care about things, especially about taking care of the planet, but young people need to do some homework for themselves as well. Adults with an agenda like to take advantage of this idealistic age group and teach them what they want them to gobble up.
May I point out that Barrack Obama, a supporter of the climate change narrative, just spent multiple millions on a beach front house on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean? If he truly believed that climate change was going to raise sea levels, that was a colossal waste of millions of dollars (fifteen million, if I remember correctly).
Has the United States always been a paragon of virtue where the environment is concerned? No. Industry was allowed to dump and pollute at alarming rates for a time. Our eyes were opened and now we have standards of air, water, and soil quality which must be met and maintained. We’ve come a long way. When a new polluter is found, there are consequences established to clean up their act. We have done the right thing in watching over the practices of industry and setting a standard for them to live up to.
Now let’s get other countries to do the same/similar thing. China is foremost in my mind. Their pollution is so bad they made manufacturing cease for the Olympics so the sky wouldn’t be brown for the cameras. Many people wear face masks when they are outdoors. Before we hate on the United States and call our country evil for our contribution to environmental issues, let’s bring other countries higher in their standards. Developing nations can still develop while raising their standards. Countries which have already cleaned their air, water, and soil conditions can offer advice and make recommendations to help them.
I’ve read the original language of the Green New Deal. It’s being held up as a lofty ambition which we ought to grab on to. Hold on. This Deal has a lot of extreme measures included. Extreme measures raise red flags in my mind. Extreme measures usually speak to an agenda hidden behind the poster child being shown in front.
I’ve worked hard to teach my kids that they need to think beyond the issue at hand. When an item is on the voting ballot, think about what possible issues arise as a result of this item passing. Are they all positive? Is there a questionable or negative possibility? Think. Always consider several steps beyond the surface issue before making your decision.
As I said earlier, I love this earth and all of the beauty within it. Our vacations often take us to natural spaces where we take in mountains, forests, bodies of water, animal life. We groove on that as a family. I recycle, repair clothing and other items as much as possible, look for alternate uses for items when they are worn beyond their original use, etc. My kids used to have a spot for broken toys for their dad to fix. The first response in this house is not the trash can. A Princess Leia doll once lost an arm which was too delicate to reattach. My daughter decided that Leia lost her arm to Darth Vader and kept playing with the doll until she outgrew it.
There are many people in this country who love the earth and live in a way which shows that. They tend to live quietly – not shouting at the top of their lungs. They have gardens and fruit trees, some raise their own livestock to provide food for themselves. They cook and bake from scratch, which reduces packaging and chemical ingredients. They learn how to do other things for themselves, sometimes just for the pleasure of learning, sometimes to lessen their impact on the earth. They recycle, they are open about their beliefs without being pushy. These are the people I listen to.
The people I don’t and won’t listen to are those shouting at me with anger. I’ve heard people recommend that “climate deniers” should be imprisoned. (A rather extreme reaction in a country with so much freedom of thought and speech.) I don’t deny that the climate changes. It goes through large cycles, actually. The climate change arguments often leave the sun out of the conversation as well. It has a huge impact and spends a lot of time heating the oceans, which has an effect. Antarctica does indeed lose ice each year. It also builds new ice each year. These are things I learned in the course of that earth science major.
Many preach that we ought to live a certain way, yet their own life does not reflect what they are pushing. I would love to see some of the main voices pushing green agendas go through a type of life audit to show if they eat vegetarian, recycle, wear leather (the leather for wallets, purses, shoes, belts, etc. comes from the same cows which put beef in the grocery stores), do they utilize mass transit or take private, gas sucking solutions, etc. If these people truly believe the narrative they are pushing, their every day home life will reflect it. I would be more willing to listen if the words and deeds matched.
There’s so much more I could say, but I think I’d better end here.
Be passionate about your beliefs. Share your beliefs with others – when those others are open to hearing them. Live in a way consistent with your beliefs. It will speak louder and stronger than you ever can.