Home: my thoughts on why we fight

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:

"You are here"

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.

10 thoughts on “Home: my thoughts on why we fight

  1. Adam says:

    The same anti science thinking that the deniers practice will likely stoke other anti science efforts to greater heights.

    I am concerned that vaccination efforts will be thwarted by such thinking.
    Research will shrink and resources needed to combat threats such as new viruses will be compromised.

    Thanks to these ignorant people we’ll see the life expectancies of our children and grandchildren reduced.

    If you want to shirk your professional ethics in science you do not publish papers. If you want to shirk your professional ethics in journalism you write opinion columns.

  2. Girma says:

    You wrote, “I fight because the denial movement is distracting us from tackling the challenge of climate change.”

    But, fortunately, the alarm was wrong. IPCC projection of 0.2 deg C per decade until 2025 is wrong compared to actual observed temperatures as shown in its own graph here:

    Actually, global mean temperature is cyclic for the hadcrut3 data as shown her:

    As a result, the effect of human emission of CO2 on global mean temperature is nil, zip, naught!

    You better get ready for the coming BIG FREEZE! Hope fossil fuels will save us.

    • Watching the Deniers says:

      My response?

      *Yawn*

      Yet more examples of blog science. I’ve seen enough of Watt’s to know how they distort science. That you think a few incorrect graphs could sway by views is rather lame.

    • Watching the Deniers says:

      I’m supposed to be a bit more tolerant etc. But I have the flu, and my patience is far less than normal. I’m tired and cranky.

      Still, I can’t believe how utterly banal your “arguments” are.

      1) The chart is from IPCC WG-1 and HAS BEEN EDITED by WUWT. Silly you, can’t you tell a doctered piece of information when it stares you in the face.

      2) the site woodforthetrees is garbarge. Utter garbage. It is not science. Period.

      3) The last reference from RealClimate states;

      “Regardless, it’s important to note that we are not talking about global cooling, just a pause in warming.

      …However, this apparent impulsive behavior explicitly highlights the fact that humanity is poking a complex, nonlinear system with GHG forcing – and that there are no guarantees to how the climate may respond.”

      Which has nothing to do with your point.

      OK, bored now.

  3. Girma says:

    I am prepared to put my money were my mouth is.

    For years from 2010 to 2020, if the global mean temperature trend for the hadcrut3 data is positive or zero, you win $1000USD. Otherwise, I win $1000USD.

    Any takers?

    Here is my prediction:

  4. Girma says:

    You wrote, “… and that there are no guarantees to how the climate may respond”

    If you don’t know, don’t do anything.

    According to the models, there is 5% chance of zero wamring trend in 15 years. Three more years of no warming, we happily burry the theory of CO2 driven global warming for good.

    • Watching the Deniers says:

      And a 95% chance it’s going to happen? I challenge you to step on an aircraft with a 95% change of crashing. I mean, the 5% chance is worth the risk.

      And we’ve just had the hottest decade, months etc. on record.

      I also note you used to troll Deltoid’s forums. Unless you have something constructive to say, your banned.

      Have nice day!

  5. Dave McRae says:

    Girma – you’ve spammed that same 1998 cherrypick graph in several threads now. You do know that is asking to be considered as a spammer? Not that I care, you go your hardest with discredited cherrypicks and continue to demonstrate a particular facet of anti-sceince.

    Now, if you are seriously interested in your bets, may I point you to intrade – you’ll get better odds than even backing cooling, very good odds indeed on some bets. http://www.intrade.com/aav2/trading/tradingHTML.jsp?selConID=706211#
    http://theidiottracker.blogspot.com/2010/03/think-global-warming-is-myth-head-over.html

  6. zoot says:

    I’m supposed to be a bit more tolerant etc.

    Not with Girma you’re not.

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