When somebody asks why should we “fight” the denial movement, this image always comes to mind. The Earth photographed by Voyager 1 as it leaves the solar system:
Look closely, and you will see a tiny speck of silver light. A small, fragile bauble hung against the blackness and immensity of space.
That’s us, taken at a distance of six billion miles.
This is why we should fight…
I fight because my daughter is 22 months old, and will inherit a world changed by climate change.
I fight because the denial movement is distracting us from tackling the challenge of climate change.
Those of advocating for science and reason do not fight for the imagined fame, glory or wealth.
We fight because this – the earth – is our home, and it is worth defending. The denial movement would have us risk it all for the sake of GDP and a dangerous refusal to accept the science.
Carl Sagan’s words have been quoted many times, but are worth repeating:
Our posturing, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
I can’t predict the future with absolute certainty, but I can say that this is our only home.
There is no where else for us to go.
We cannot wonder the stars searching for a “new earth”.
What we do here today, is all that matters.
Help is at hand: it is you, and me.