A lot of the talk about climate change is centered, grounded, maybe obsessed
with the idea of "anthropogenic" climate change. That is to
say, whether or not humans are the cause of it. And I obviously can see why, if someone believes in such a thing, they want to know who did it and
The arguments that I see against climate change are varied, but most of them seem to center around "this is a thing that happens on earth", or
"nothing is happening right now". These arguments are often both backed up and refuted by a lot of data that I'm certainly not qualified to dig
into enough to draw a conclusion. Often both arguments are deployed together, which indicates (to me at least) an argument which is strictly
'anthropogenic' climate change, and is not trying to make its own point. That is to say, the person arguing is not necessarily
saying their opinion on climate change in general, rather they are arguing vehemently against human-caused
And I think that's very important. I was reading an article today about Antarctic ice sheets that may have been retreating since the late '30s.
And of course there was various fighting and crowing about whether this proved or disproved anthropogenic climate change. But something that really
jumped out at me was that in the conclusion of the article, the writers stated that the question of whether humans caused the glacial retreat was
Now, why is it actually key? In the context of the story that a glacier dumping a billion tons
of ice per year into the ocean, why would who
caused it be key? This is like watching a truck go off the side of the bridge, and looking down at the wreckage and saying, "Before we respond to
this, we need to find out why that truck went off the bridge".
So here is the question that I ask to all
people, whether human-caused climate change is something you champion or refute.
Do you believe that the climate can change or is changing?
Do you think that the climate could change in a way that hurts us?
Should we, as a species or a nation or a family be prepared to handle the changes?
Thanks for reading, please join the discussion. Happy Thanksgiving