There is no doubt about it: human-driven climate change is a thing, and it’s not going to stop unless we do something about it.
There is a lot of misinformation, faulty science, and propaganda about climate change — on both sides of the debate — but one thing is absolutely clear: when 97 per cent of climate scientists concur, there is very little room for debate.
But don’t take it from the Times-Herald editorial board; instead, take it from the scientists themselves.
Peter Macreadie, a marine ecologist with the University of Technology Sydney, told artist Nick Bowers for his photography project Scared Scientists, “Scientists are the biggest skeptics on Earth. We’re constantly trying to disprove each other. This is the one thing we agree on.”
Tim Flannery, a mammologist and palaeontologist who has literally written a book on the topic, has even grimmer news.
“Climate Science underestimated the pace of climate change,” he told Bowers. “We’re now having far more rapid change than originally projected.”
And then there is Matthew England, an oceanographer and climate scientist with the University of NSW in Sydney, who told Bowers, “Not dealing with (climate change) is selfish, short-sighted, narrow minded and obscene.”
Yes, climate change is a natural process. Yes, temperatures shift without the interference of humans.
But that doesn’t mean that humankind isn’t playing a role in the warming of the planet. We are, and we need to stop.
The time to throw the brakes on our emissions is past, but that doesn’t mean we should wash our hands of making the meaningful changes we need to make.
These changes have to happen on a larger scale than individual households. They’ll require co-ordinated efforts by the public and the attention, assistance and legislative powers of governments.
Without an ounce of hyperbole, climate change is the single greatest issue the generations of age have to drive change and have to address right now.
And it all starts with understanding.
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