I told myself I would avoid writing about the political issues that are now cemented into our daily news like a bad song stuck on repeat. I stumble across one ridiculous climate change article and here I am. But hey, there’s always next time. The piece I’m referring to, “A Conservative Journalist’s Reflections On The March For Science Protests” is an op-ed authored by Michael McGrady. Buckle up, because this one’s a doozy.
Is This Real Life?
To begin, Mr. McGrady portrays March for Science and climate change policy supporters as contributors to the demise of diversity of opinion and scientific integrity. Talk about a delusional spin of reality. Furthermore, he defends climate change deniers right to opinion by portraying them as the victims of liberal bullies attempting to “suppress other valid perspectives on the issue.” Oh, and one of my favorite parts of the article, “I leave you, now, with a question. What can we do to make it clear that the right wing is equally supportive, even more so, of scientific inquiry and freedom of thought and conscience?”
Parts of the article are so outrageous, it almost seems pointless to criticize. Yes, the author and everybody else are entitled to their own opinions, but the article completely misses the larger point. Do we debate the validity of gravity? What about the Earth revolving around the Sun? Do we question force = mass x acceleration? My point is, climate change is not up for political debate, nor should it be thought of as a fight between right and left. It’s not a political issue, it’s a logical issue. There’s overwhelming consensus in the scientific community regarding climate change. Denying its validity is simply choosing what you want to believe over what the evidence proves is true.
The future of our species hangs in the balance, are you ready to wake up?
Climate Change: The Facts
To further justify my position, I’ll turn to NASA for support. I urge readers to click on the links and see what they have to say about this issue.
“Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver.” (2009)
“97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.”
I dream of a day when this is no longer a political issue, a day when the collective whole who inhabit this planet commit to finding solutions.