This one’s a real kicker. Reading this really gets you thinking, but not in the way the author intends, but more in a way of, “What in God’s name is this dolt talking about?” I know I may not look it – maybe due to the fact that I don’t have my hair in some sort of elvish braid or wear tye-dye or eat granola all the time – but I’m a pretty firm believer in climate change, and I consider myself an above average preacher of the issue when compared to most people, most of whom treat terrorism and Islam to be the world’s greatest threats of this time, and disregard climate change as the hippie, loser issue that, when brought up at a big boy conference, the leaders of the world oftentimes respond with, “Yeah, yeah. We get ‘ya,” and then whisper to their big boy, corporate-owned, coal-loving, river-poisoning nation friends and give them a look screaming, “yeah, right. Look at this nerd!” and then laugh maniacally as they rip all of the coal out of the earth and pour all of the chemicals into it (i.e. fracking, that lovely process by which thousands of people have been irreversibly physically damaged and filled with cancerous cells and death. Gotta love it, amirite, Trump?) I even have friends who disagree with the notion (or, really, the fact, in all honesty) that climate change is the single greatest threat faced by not only the U.S., but the entire world as a whole, and they suggest that Isis is literally the worst, and this really garfields my lasagna.
If I wrote this blog about four or five months ago it would be incredibly topical for this class because we’d have just watched An Inconvenient Truth (great movie, by the way, and one that I think everyone should see because of its great current cultural and relevant significance to contemporary society) but I’m a little late for that train. Much of the raw scientific and statistical data I now have on the matter of climate change and its history and it effects came in large part from that film, and it has provided me with a far greater understanding of the issue than I ever had before, and I think that’s safe to say for all – if not most – of the people who see this documentary.
There is a clear correlation between the increasing presence of the greenhouse gas CO2 and rising world temperatures, as depicted in the aforementioned film, although many a climate change denier would disagree, much like my friend John Nolte of dailywire, the author of the article I previously referenced. If you were to look at a graph depicting the presence of CO2 in the atmosphere, and then superimpose it on a graph of world temperature throughout past thousands of years, there is an evident identicality between the two graphs, and they depict nearly the same exact trend.
Now, the things I just stated are facts (truths that are undeniable or unquestionable in nature, and are not subject to really any sort of dissent or skepticism). Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I know, although sometimes the opinions of certain people are simply wrong and ridiculous, but no one is entitled to their own facts. Facts of science, like this one, are not to be deliberated or questioned in that they have been regarded as canonical law of whatever they relate to. I am by no means encouraging the mindless acceptance of what some may believe to be true, but when the intellectuals of society, and those on whom we depend to advance humanity through scientific and technological breakthroughs believe unanimously in an issue that poses a grave threat to all of civilization, it is our job to accept it and to work to aid our current situation, and those of our neighbors’.
The denial of fact – especially those of science – has been occurring for over a thousand years, and it is nothing new in this day and age, especially now that anyone can essentially deem themselves a scientist or doctor or lawyer with the internet at their fingertips. The Black Plague, initially outbreaking in the 500s in the Eastern Roman Empire was nicknamed The Plague of Justinian after the emperor at the time. The people of the empire believed that this devastation was caused by no one other than the Lord himself, and he cast this evil upon us as a punishment for the sinners of the world, in spite of the efforts of certain people to convince those in power that the plague was spread through a bacterium carried by rodents. Then, when the plague resurfaced 800 years later in medieval, the devout Christian population of Europe once again denied the reality of the plague, and instead attributed it to the hand of God.
Climate change – without trying to seem like a jabroni – truly is the greatest threat faced by humans today, and any and all other issues really pale in comparison to it; threats like Trump’s beloved Isis will mean nothing to us if there’s no world left for us to protect, so it holds a great level of significance to us. Really, what I’m trying to say is that there’s no time to dilly when it comes to the matter of climate change.