The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out with a report on global warming, and it’s pretty grim. From Reuters:
[The global warming report] said the Earth was set for more heatwaves, floods, droughts and rising sea levels from melting ice sheets that could swamp coasts and low-lying islands as greenhouse gases built up in the atmosphere.
The study, meant to guide governments in shifting towards greener energies, said it was "extremely likely", with a probability of at least 95 percent, that human activities were the dominant cause of warming since the mid-20th century.
For a moment, when I read that, part of me thought, just for a second, maybe they’ll start to come around. Maybe climate change deniers will realize that an international conspiracy to sell solar panels just doesn’t make any sense. Humans are chuffing out tons and tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and it absolutely passes the smell test that that would have an effect on global warming. If your doctor said that there’s a 95% chance that you have cancer, you would begin treatment immediately, so why is it so different with climatologists and global warming?
Then that moment passed, and I remembered that there is no chance the IPCC report will pick off more than a few climate change deniers. The environmentalist movement has to come to terms with this: for now, we’re in this alone. Yes, it would be so much easier if climate change deniers would just come to their senses, but that’s true on any policy issue. Whatever droughts, floods, pandemics, super storms and anything else that comes our way, it won’t convince the other side that global warming is caused by humans.
This means fighting for good legislation on a state level and defending what we have on a federal level. We can find smaller initiatives that don’t seem to be about climate change, but will help the movement, like research grants in battery technology. It also means working on a community and personal level to fight climate change. Buy solar panels, share stuff, avoid food waste, bike.
But really, you know what to do. All I’m saying is: the report on global warming helps our case, but it’s a mostly useless argument. This is a fight we need to fight, and in America, we climate change believers are going to have to do it ourselves.