One of my friends(climate change denier) recently posted the link to NASA’s research from 2015. The study stated that while the glaciers are indeed melting, the overall Ice on both poles has increased during the last years. He dubbed the title something like this:
“I’ll believe NASA over any of your phony comments. Real science over climate speculations. #cliamtechangeconspiracy”
The funny part is that the article didn’t say anything about climate disruption; it just pointed out that some parts of Antartica are seeing disproportional gains in overall mass. The water level rose in 2015, and the scientists were concerned because — if they couldn’t explain the water levels with melting ice caps — we might have an even bigger issue on our hands.
The even funnier part was that NASA has the whole separate webpage titled EVIDENCE — Climate change: How do we know?
The whole website offers extensive research using different approaches done by numerous scientists on the subject. Every single one of them reached the same conclusion; humanity had expedited the process of global warming, and our behavior has significantly disrupted the planet’s climate.
If you look at other scientific data, you’ll always get the same conclusion.
“The sientific evidance is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.” — American Association for the Advancement of Science
When I say other scientific data, I mean all the scientific data. Currently, more than 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that human activities cause disruptive climate trends.
The consensus of 97 percent(or higher) among the scientific world is practically nonexistent when it comes to everyday issues like the treatment for the common cold or vaccines.
Apparently, only 12 percent of the American population is even aware of the consensus. It’s a no brainer. It literally takes 25 seconds of fact-checking and three Google searches to confirm the realities of Global warming.
Why do most Americans(second biggest polluters) can’t come to terms with the reality of climate change?
Part of the answer lays in how the media reports the climate issues. They rarely talk about scientific evidence. I can only assume it’s set this way because the media outlets want the controversy to persist. Such public disagreements can attract more attention from the news consumers.
Another part of the problem lies with our leader favoring big business over public health. When you lift the climate change safety bans — as Trump administration did — the economy has more options to strive. The companies don’t have to worry about dumping toxic wastes or paying higher taxes for their CO2 emissions. This approach singlehandedly increases the bottom line. Leaders like Trump have no shame standing in front of the public and denying the reality to gain political points. Hey, the same leaders, some 50 years ago, told us we should put more lead(drastically shortens your lifespan) into our surroundings(paint the walls, enrich the car fuel, build toys).
The third part of the answer lies in yourself. People have a hard time believing their practices are not beneficial for the planet they call their home. It might be hard to come to terms that our existence on this planet is purely disruptive for our whole environment. We cut, kill and destroy for our own benefit and luxury. I know it sounds harsh, but it’s true. We’re the worst thing that could have happened to Earth.
This might not be the full answer, and I’m still baffled by how many people think climate change is a hoax without even trying to educate themselves on the matter.
Earth is a flat disc floating around space on backs of huge turtles
Everything you know is a lie. There is a conspiracy about the whole fabric of reality. And for what I know, there is something(a lot of things) we’re actually missing, but the shape of the earth was well established 15 centuries ago.
Since the Middle Ages, the humankind has produced a plethora of empirical evidence to support the theory. We have even sent people to space to see the planet from the outside. Nobody questioned its shape.
The Moder Flat Earth theories originated with the work of Samuel Rowbotham. He published a book ‘Earth is Not a Globe’ where he claims the world is a flat disc centered at the North Pole and bounded by the wall of ice.
The theory that we’ve been laid to for the past 1400 years gained traction with the wake of Social media. In the past years, it has spread like wildfire and Media houses picked up on the subject. Now, you can watch TV shows and documentaries regarding the Flat Earth Society.
You don’t have to be a scientist to understand the subtler points of why this theory doesn’t hold true. But it’s still baffling how people tend to shape their worldview on petty rumors.
In defense of the Flat Earth Society, I have to mention that their beliefs are benign. They’re not letting the world suffer based on rejecting the scientific ideas. They’re not destructively negating the truth.
There is a percentage of the population that tend to display wide array of potentially harmful beliefs based on rumors. This wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t directly affecting the quality of life for others and their future children.
Both groups — Flat Earthers and Climate Change Deniers — display the same rebellion against modern scientific research and empirical evidence. They rebel just because they want to rebel. The only difference is that the flat-earthers don’t actively harm others.
The comparison with flat-earthers was made to display the difference between benign and devastating beliefs. What you do actively affect your environment and can potentially be harmful to others.