I’m getting a little sick of hearing all these differing viewpoints on global warming. For as many people as say that it’s a real phenomenon that we have to deal with immediately, there are just as many people who claim that there’s nothing to worry about.
An Inconvenient Truth: Global warming is real and humans are to blame! We’re pumping way too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and it’s causing the temperature to rise, which is causing weather abnormalities, and if left unchecked, will eventually kill us all!
The Great Global Warming Swindle: Al Gore is a liar! Global warming has been blown way out of proportion. Yes, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, but there isn’t very much of it in the atmosphere, and the percentage of it caused by humans is very small. The temperature of the planet has always fluctuated. It’s been much hotter and much colder than it is now.
AIT: You slanderous liar! Humans are to blame for everything that’s wrong with this planet! My really big graph shows that as the level of carbon dioxide rises, the temperature also rises!
TGGWS: You dolt, you’re looking at the data the wrong way. Rises in temperature cause the rise in carbon dioxide, not the other way around.
AIT: What about the melting glaciers? Have you seen how much ice is falling off of Greenland?
TGGWS: That much ice always falls off of Greenland. The only difference is that now, we have camera crews there to video tape it. Besides, humans don’t affect the climate, magic space rays do!
AIT: What? Magic space rays? What the hell are you talking about?
TGGWS: You know, magic space rays from super novae. They cause clouds, but sometimes the solar winds from the sun push them away from Earth and clouds don’t form. That’s the real cause of global warming. By the way, that big graph was pretty cool, how did you make it?
AIT: Oh, I did the whole thing in Keynote on my Mac.
TGGWS: Wait, by yourself?
AIT: Yeah, Keynote is really easy to use. You should get a Mac.
TGGWS: Okay, I’ll look into it. Thanks!
Anyway, you get the idea.
So here we have two films that present completely opposing viewpoints and support those viewpoints with what appears to be credible evidence. Both films are strongly supported by reliable sources, many of whom are climate scientists. But when the foremost experts on climate change don’t agree, what is the public supposed to think?
Both films made one point that was exactly the same: If someone is paid to reach a particular conclusion, he’ll reach that conclusion.
Personally, my beliefs about global warming are somewhere in the middle. I believe that our climate is changing, but I’m not convinced that carbon dioxide is responsible, and I’m not convinced that humans are directly responsible. That having been said, I do think that we should attempt to reduce our carbon emissions — because there’s an awful lot of carbon dioxide in the air without us adding more — and we should attempt to limit the amount of waste we create.
People will always disagree on pretty much every topic, but here’s something we should all be able to agree on: pollution is bad. Period. Even if it isn’t affecting the planet in as dramatic a way as global warming proponents claim it is, we can all agree that pumping toxins into the environment is not a good idea, right?
That’s really the message that both sides need to send. Life will exist on this planet for a long time to come, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that we don’t pollute the planet to a point where it negatively impacts future life. Even if we aren’t the cause of global warming, we are polluting the planet and (literally) burning through all of our non-renewable resources. Is it a bad idea to research and utilize renewable resources? No, of course not. Doing so ensures that, 100 trillion barrels of oil from now, we’ll still be able to drive our cars, fly our airplanes, and power our cities. And the beneficial side-effect is that we pump fewer toxins into the environment in the mean time.
Living green isn’t as hard as people think. It also costs a lot less than people think (in most cases, you can actually save money with green alternatives). In an effort to inspire people to pursue green living, I’m going to post some ideas and articles from time to time that deal with environmental issues. As I mentioned before, I’ll have an entry outlining ten easy things you can do to save the Earth. And yes, they’re all easy and inexpensive. Keep an eye out for it next week!
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