The topic of climate change has been a growing issue in this country (and the world for that matter) for the last several years. And while it’s always been an important topic, increasing erratic weather patterns and rapidly melting polar ice have really put this global threat on the front pages.
Yet with more and more evidence that humans are causing climate change, we have fewer and fewer people in this country trusting the overwhelming consensus from the scientific community that humans bear responsibility for what’s happening to our planet.
That’s what happens when one of the two most powerful political parties in this country sells out to big oil companies and takes up the stance that “climate change is a hoax.”
But even beyond the fact that these politicians are shills for big oil (which of course stands to lose hundreds of billions of dollars if we ever became energy independent by way of solar or wind energy), there’s another huge group of people in this country that will never believe in man-made climate change.
The religious right.
To tens of millions of these people, even if climate change is really happening, they don’t believe it’s being caused by humans, it’s just all part of “God’s will.”
And to me that’s a terrifying thought. To know that tens of millions of Americans wouldn’t support any measures to combat climate change simply because they believe that it’s God who’s causing it.
Essentially climate scientists can present their evidence to these people, prove to them how climate change is real, and they’ll simply look at the information and say, “Yeah, it’s because God’s causing it.”
These are also the people who try to justify dinosaur fossils by either saying they were “planted there by God” to test our faith or somehow dinosaurs and man walked the Earth together just a few thousand years ago.
But the problem is, you can’t combat that ignorance. This is the problem with people who follow faith blindly. Faith doesn’t need to be proven. So basically these people can maintain a system of beliefs, without any proof whatsoever, and if scientific evidence shows them something they can’t really deny is happening – they can simply dismiss it as “part of God’s plan.”
That’s why many conservatives don’t believe in climate change. They honestly believe that the push to combat climate change is another “liberal anti-Christian attempt to spit in the face of God.” Many of them believe that if climate change is real it’s God’s doing, so humans are powerless to do anything to stop it.
It’s utter insanity.
And the worst part is, their ignorance on climate change impacts everybody. Because if that ignorance continues to hold back real progress in doing everything we can to try to reverse the damage we’ve done to our planet, we’ll pass a point where there’s nothing we can do (if we’re not there already), and we’ll all suffer the horrible consequences of an ever-increasing uninhabitable planet – not just them.