We want to thank Eric Borneman for writing up a very frank statement regarding global climate change and it’s impact on our planet including the coral reefs and marine environments. The message below is a powerful read regarding the issues currently facing our world and being discussed by world leaders in Copenhagen for a few more days.
I could (as I have and do) go on for pages on pages, citing studies, graphs charts, hundreds of thousands of papers, etc. I could argue any particular point to those who are “deniers.”Â I could offer personal data, personal observations, but there is no convincing some people.Â The real crux of the matter is largely one that exists in the US. Our understanding and level of science education is so low, and the topics of anthropogenic climate change so diverse and complex, that I have found arguing to actually give credence to debate that doesn’t exist. Those who don’t “believe” in climate change or think there is actually “another side” are generally beyond reason. For the majority of these people, their understanding is too low to converse with in a sensible manner, their minds are all but made up, and their primary sources of information are lay media sources and debunked sources, misinterpretation of data, and selecting certain “facts” as straw man arguments. They listen to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh (with their high school educations) as purveyors of the truth, buy into debunked conspiracy theories like “climategate,” and think Al Gore is a respected authority on climate change when he is nothing but a celebrity – one of many – choosing to call attention to a real issue. Here is a real and humorous example of what I mean:Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nnVQ2fROOg
One cannot expect the average person to have access to, read, understand, or critique overwhelming consensus of a diverse global scientific community. How many of the deniers are considered expert enough to be asked to be peer reviewers of publications spanning decades? How many have worked in the field or analyzed data? How many are leaders in a relevant field?
Politicians have been shown to be about equal or below the average citizen in terms of science literacy. No use listening to them unless they are actually informed. Those most opposed? Look at their major contributors and ties to industry.
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