I am mad.
Why am I mad? Because people are ignorant.
Why do I say that? A girl in my Journalism class says that climate change isn’t true because NASA doesn't believe that it is true.
Why is she wrong? The all-knowing NASA says that “Most climate scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is human expansion of the ‘greenhouse effect’”. In fact, NASA has developed a whole website to the issue: http://climate.nasa.gov/. On there, they say that “Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat wave.”
Tip of the day? You bet your buttons.
# 19 Shun the nonbelievers. If anyone ever says that climate change isn’t happening, shun them because they are wrong. There are plenty of great websites that disprove many popular theories about why climate change isn’t true. One great one is Skeptical Science (www.skepticalscience.com).
#20 Stay informed. Don’t let people outwit you when it comes down to a face-off: you vs. the skeptic. They may have more facts under their belt, even though they are taking the wrong side. Facts are your weapons.
#21 One time I was sitting on a panel for a movie screening and someone asked me why the environmental movement wasn’t as significant as large protests like “Occupy Wall Street”. My response was that “There are marches about climate change but, it is luck that builds a movement”. I could have stopped there but, I had an axe to grind and I continued by saying “There are stupid organizations like… well I guess I will just say it... the TEA Party that don’t do us any good but, they became infamous because of luck.”
That was wrong. I shouldn’t have said that the TEA party was “stupid”. What if someone in the audience was a TEA Party member? Would they want to support the organization that I was promoting, if the representative was making fun of their political beliefs? Of course not. I wouldn't want to join if I was a TEA Partier. The moral: you never know who you are talking to so don’t be rude. Respect everyone’s beliefs and prove them wrong with facts not your tone.
You may say “But, you just said that people who don’t believe in climate change are wrong and we should shun them”. I can say this because I have displayed significant proof that supports my beliefs that climate change is true on this blog. And, if anyone were to disagree with me, I have the means and knowledge to hopefully prove them wrong.
8 days until Earth Day.