I first created this blog about a year ago in a fit of wanting to “do something” about the state of the climate debate.
At its core Watching the Deniers has been about holding the denial machine accountable. I’ve watched it readership grow and the small community around it develop. I have enjoyed the debate, and seeing that my words have helped spark peoples thinking and imagination.
I don’t think I could have asked for anything more.
But I have been thinking more and more about the future of my blogging career, the climate debate and what I believe should be the focus of debate.
The one thing I’ve learnt is that the average “climate sceptic” – denier – is immune to reason, evidence and logic.
The other key lesson is that the “denial machine” comprising of the fossil fuel lobby, Institute of Public Affairs, bloggers such as Jo Nova and Murdoch/News Corp journalists will happily push disinformation onto the Australian public.
Indeed they are absolutely shameless in their deliberate deception.
And yet one thing is true about all these groups and individuals: they are a distraction.
They are white noise.
The white noise machine
Taken together, they drown out the reality of climate change and the urgent need to debate our response.
The “deniers” mask the real debate about mitigation, adaption, energy and geo-engineering. They serve to distract the public and even bloggers such as myself.
I can spend the next few years pointing out their factual errors, or do something else.
So I have a choice.
I can continue fight this vicious “war”, or participate in a more strategic and important debate.
Goodbye, farewell and amen
A while ago I made mention of the bew blog “Generation A”.
I will be focussed on that exclusively and hoping to have it launched with Tim and Megan in early May.
But I can’t do it all…
Sadly, WtD has to come to a close.
So thank you.
All of you, who have read an article, commented, Twittered it or linked from your blogs.
I have come across some wonderful people because of this blog.
I regard WtD as a success. I’m immensely proud of the work I’ve down here. I believe in a small way I’ve prompted debate and got people thinking.
Indeed, I’ve reached far more people around the globe then I imagined. Being cited in the UK’s Guardian was incredible achievement for me.
But I’m not into this for the money, fame and groupies.
Bigger, biggest… best?
As I’ve stated, this blog is created outside my working life. I had to fit it into a rather busy schedule of working, being a father and tyring to have a semblance of a social life.
So much of the writing, reading and research too place in the wee hours of the morning.
I’d be up between 5.30 and 6.00 am to begin work: reading the news feeds and other blogs, monitoring the media and then selecting, writing and publishing the day’s blog post.
I usually had about an hour and half plus to get content out and then do supplemental reading in the evening.
For those of you who have blogged, you know just how large a commitment running a blog is. It takes hard work and discipline.
But I loved every minute of it. Just simply writing something most days is rewarding. To have an audience that reads your words is deeply satisfying.
So again, thank you all.
You have my email, so please keep in touch!
But I always said I’d do it for twelve months and see where I ended up.
I could simply go on doing Watching the Deniers, and growing the audience and building up the “WtD” brand.
WtD is now pulling in thousands and thousands of hits each month. I’m getting links from other bloggers around the world…
But being “popular” is not why I started this.
I wanted to reach one person per day. That was it. That was my goal.
So I now ask myself, is WtD the thing I should be doing?
Which brings be back to Generation A.
The real debate is about adaptation and mitigation.
The debate over the reality of climate change is white noise, a distraction.
We’re unlikely to prevent serious climate change…. so we need to start thinking and planning for the future.
Not only for the sake of our communities, but for our children.
The next steps
Generation A will be about debating our responses to climate change, presenting the ideas of those thinking about adaption and investigating the plausibility of their ideas.
We want to build for the future.
We want to preserve our culture and civilisation.
So it is not the end – simply a new beginning in new form of Generation A.
So I’m going back to the idea of reaching one person per day, hoping to make them think:
“What do you think about adaptation to climate change?”
Mike from WtD