Perhaps one of the most important lessons that I learned in my adolescence was a combination of two overused idioms:
- You can’t always be right
- Sometimes it’s better to be smart, than correct
Now don’t get all frazzled, dear reader, simply because I’m ignobly turning this piece into a listicle in the first paragraph.
(That was the first and last list, honest!)
The combination of these two cliches somewhat humbled and gave me pause to check my over-confident, younger self before I wrecked my over-confident, younger self.
So, climate change…
The planet is warming, that’s a fact.
Our global sea-ice is diminishing, that too is a fact.
It is widely accepted that global temperatures do vary somewhat cyclically on a scale of tens of thousands of years.
Some scientific models are more correct than others.
I’m not going to attempt to prove one or another right.
Nor am I going to debate what percentage of the damage is caused by mankind, by industry, by nature, or even by cow farts (yes that’s actually a thing).
What is important to me to bring to your attention to is the inevitable reality of a seemingly negative outcome. So the question in my mind becomes: why is this topic up for debate?
Political labeling, financial incentives from industry, and a general unwillingness to believe in things that are not fully tangible, have turned climate change into a partisan issue.
But it doesn’t need to be so!
The world does not need to debate climate change any more than it needs to debate the effects of smoking tobacco.
What we should do, however, is educate people on the dangers of climate change (and smoking cigarettes) in order to enable them to make informed life-choices.
We need to stop politicizing facts and being overly concerned with the minutia of just how much humans are impacting the climate.
The fact of the matter is that our planet and home is gradually becoming an unfriendly environment for us to live in.
Humanity needs to start being smart, rather than correct, and make the necessary changes in policy and industry in order to preserve an environment in which we can live for as long as possible.
No more of this nonsense about “Saving the Earth.” The Earth will be fine — we won’t.