I am a rabid environmentalist who is very worried about climate change. So this article immediately caught my attention and raised my hackles. I was ready to do battle with the author, thinking he is a global warming denier. But then I read the article...
And I was heartened to read some positive things about climate change that seem to have been exaggerated or at least misunderstood.
Even one of my biggest heroines, Greta Thunberg......
Says Thunberg in her new book, “Around 2030 we will be in a position to set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control that will lead to the end of our civilization as we know it.”
The author of this article has been actively researching and writing about climate change for over 17 years. He says,
Over the last four years, my organization, Environmental Progress, has worked with some of the world’s leading climate scientists to prevent carbon emissions from rising. So far, we’ve helped prevent emissions increasing the equivalent of adding 24 million cars to the road.
And he also says:
I also care about getting the facts and science right and have in recent months corrected inaccurate and apocalyptic news media coverage of fires in the Amazon and fires in California, both of which have been improperly presented as resulting primarily from climate change.
Journalists and activists alike have an obligation to describe environmental problems honestly and accurately, even if they fear doing so will reduce their news value or salience with the public. There is good evidence that the catastrophist framing of climate change is self-defeating because it alienates and polarizes many people. And exaggerating climate change risks distracting us from other important issues including ones we might have more near-term control over.
And another researcher:
“While many species are threatened with extinction,” said Stanford’s Ken Caldeira, “climate change does not threaten human extinction... I would not like to see us motivating people to do the right thing by making them believe something that is false.”
And in closing....
Happily, there is a plenty of middle ground between climate apocalypse and climate denial.