No doubt about it, climate change is a controversial issue. Even though hard science supports it, the idea that human activity is altering the earth’s climate is too far fetched for some.
Unfortunately, climate change has become a highly politicized issue in recent years. Instead of looking at it through the eyes of science, some people tend to view climate change as a political arguing point.
This development is incredibly unfortunate, and significantly hampers progress towards finding solutions.
As some of my followers know, I was raised on a cattle ranch in Montana. As a result, many of my friends and family are quite conservative. To this day they just don’t believe the earth’s climate can be altered by human activity.
Believe it or not, it wasn’t that long ago that even I didn’t believe in climate change…
But after my kids were born I decided to take a closer look at the science behind the issue. After all, it’s their future hanging in the balance.
To be clear, I still consider myself a fairly conservative person on many social issues. But I now understand climate change and the risks society faces because of it. This is a leap in thinking that many conservatives haven’t made just yet.
If you’re a conservative and can’t accept the scientific truths behind climate change, keep reading…
According to Scientific American, 47% of conservatives now accept the science behind climate change. That’s a positive leap of 19 points since 2014. While it’s a movement in the right direction, there’s still a large segment of society who believes climate change is hogwash.
What’s standing in their way?
Let’s be honest. In many cases it’s biased thinking. Fact is, a lot of people are involved in some industry or activity that doesn’t have a promising outlook in a clean energy future. The coal industry is a perfect example.
Or maybe it’s their political affiliation. Many long-time Republicans I know simply refuse to accept the reality of climate change.
I’ll admit, it’s tough to put aside decades of engrained political thinking and take an unbiased look at a different viewpoint, especially the science behind climate change. But that’s what we as a society must do in order to avert a climate disaster for future generations.
It’s amusing how some of my conservative friends label me a liberal (which I’m not) now that I’m promoting renewable energy and raising climate change awareness. To me this is proof of how political biases get in the way of climate progress.
Oh, and let’s not forget about religion…
For many the idea of a changing climate doesn’t mesh with religious beliefs. I’m wary of venturing too far into this subject because in the end it all boils down to faith. As you’re likely aware, arguing over faith will ultimately turn into a complete waste of time. You’re very unlikely to alter someone’s religious beliefs.
Here are the facts folks…
Regardless of your political outlook, biases, or religious beliefs, climate change is a reality that’s happening here and now. Science is proving it more definitively with each passing day.
We can either choose to accept the scientific facts behind this phenomenon and start doing something about it now, or we can be forced to do something about it later- and from a much worse position.
To a clean energy future,
*Editor’s Note* After posting this article, a reader pointed out to me that I failed to acknowledge the fact there are rational, reasonable, and thinking individuals who fail to believe in climate change. For them the science simply isn’t strong enough for them to accept the harsh realities of climate change. Fair enough. You can see the discussion below in the comments section.
If this sounds like you, I beg you to dig a bit deeper into the science of climate change.
As I did, you’ll eventually discover the science is indeed strong enough to prove we’re in trouble. Eventually (hopefully), as a reasonable, rational, and thinking person you’ll come to the conclusion that the risks of doing nothing about climate change are simply too big.
We can’t ignore the science any longer. We must come together as a society and embrace all forms of renewable energy to slow the effects of abrupt climate change.
To a clean energy future,