You have to understand something, global warming is just one of the things that this climate change will affect. There are still a lot of people who don’t believe in climate change and global warming because they don’t feel like they are affected by it. Well, the reason for that is because some other areas of the world are very much affected, and you can see that if you just do a little research online.
Let’s begin with the preliminaries. The first is that global warming isn’t a scientific theory, it’s a scientific fact. The time for debate has ended. We can still argue over tipping points and the minutia — like when the Arctic will become ice-free during the summer months, or how much world sea levels will rise by 2050 — but the core truth is as solid as the rock of Gibraltar. Global warming is a scientific fact. We’re just dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.
Of course, many people, including Canada’s Prime Minister and US Senator James Inhofe, have been bamboozled into believing that global warming is a hoax or a socialist money grab, ignoring the fact that conservative governments throughout the world are already vigorously fighting climate change.
One person might not be able to change a lot, but if everyone did something that will benefit the plant, then we could have a huge result and our climate and global warming issues might be fixed. However, in order for that to happen, people need to open their eyes first.
It is not a question anymore, we know for sure, it has been scientifically proved that we are responsible for these climate changes and that the global warming will become a huge problem if we don’t do anything. The biggest mistake we can do is sit and wait for others to take the first step. If you have a way to improve your lifestyle and save the planet from climate change just by a little, you should do it.
And many others think that scientists are still engaging in a vigorous debate. With thousands of studies all pointing in the same direction, how is that possible?
Well, we can thank the tobacco companies. In the 1980s, big tobacco paid big money to establish “independent” think tanks and “research” institutes that were charged with confusing the public over the dangers of sidestream smoke.
Astroturfing began when Imperial Tobacco, Canada’s largest tobacco manufacturer, commissioned a secret study that weighed various strategies for combating the growing influence of non-smoking groups like The Lung Association and the Non-smokers Rights Association.
“Passive smoking [should be] the focal point,” the study suggests. “Of all the health issues surrounding smoking… the one that the tobacco industry has the most chance of winning [is to argue] that the evidence proclaimed by [anti-smoking groups] is flawed… It is highly desirable for us to control the focus of the debate.” Later, the study urges a comprehensive attack on “the credibility of the evidence presented to date,” and tells the company to hire several doctors and scientists who would be willing to take their side.
And that’s exactly what they did.
Companies like Phillip Morris used their huge profits to create institutes and smokers-rights groups to promote pseudo-science and false research as the real thing, thereby confusing many people who don’t really understand how the scientific process works. The campaign convinced many non-smokers that second-hand smoke was just another unfounded fear — a fear that could be equated to concerns over cell phones, pesticides and, believe it or not, global warming.
Ten years later, when study after study confirmed that global warming was real and that it seemed likely to roll over us and lead to catastrophic warming, scientists sounded the alarm. The oil industry saw the way the wind was blowing. But rather than do the ethical thing, and join the fight to slow global warming, most companies took a page from the tobacco industry play book.
The created research institutes and public policy centers — all very official sounding — that are paid to distort and confuse. They aren’t trying to disprove global warming; they’re trying to convince decent folk everywhere that the debate is still ongoing, and that the scientific community still isn’t speaking with one voice.
In a nutshell, these groups are paid to lie in a very clever, media-savvy way.
And it’s worked. It’s still working. People are busy. We lead frenetic lives. In the attempt to provide balance, newspapers give voice to people who can lie boldly and confidently, and still sleep at night. As a result, most people in the North America and the UK still don’t believe that climate change is a major concern, or they still believe that we have to put the economy and jobs before the melting glaciers. Most Canadians believe that our country is getting warmer, but they seem to think the real problems are a century away, or that technology will solve the issue before it gets out of hand.
Both possibilities are nothing more than pipe dreams. What we do it the next five years will determine the fate of humanity. If we fail to convince governments in North America to tackle climate change with the same steely resolve that we displayed during WW II, then we are putting the health of our bank accounts before the physical and emotional well-being of our descendants, beginning with your children and grandchildren.
This climate change debate
Has become a story of citizen journalism gone awry, for the blogosphere is littered with amateur writers who have been duped into fighting against global warming by slick websites with official-sounding names like the Science and Public Policy Institute and the Friends of Science. There you will find “climate scientists” who spout all manner of opinion that muddies the global warming waters. But if you dig deeper, you’ll find that SPPI — and their ilk — are sponsored by oil companies who borrowed the tobacco industry’s guidebook. Their experts aren’t experts; they either pocket oil industry money, or they can’t publish their work in respected scientific journals.
To make a climate skeptic sputter, you need to as ask him for real evidence — published in a respected, peer-reviewed scientific journal and authored by a scientist with a Ph.D. in climatology — that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 can rise above 450 parts per million (ppm) without affecting global temperatures. No expert will make that claim. The overwhelming majority of climate scientists believe that a global tragedy is drawing nigh.
Our parents have been described as the greatest generation. If we fail to act, we will be known as the selfish generation, and our children and grandchildren will remember us for the rest of our days — for all the wrong reasons.