Climate Change Clash

There is clear evidence that climate change is a growing issue in today’s world as seen by the rising temperatures of the earth. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a possible temperature rise of above 20 degrees Celsius within this century as a worst-case scenario situation. Virtually all scientists (97%) agree on the cause of earth’s changing climate: human behavior. Despite the overwhelming evidence there are still people who deny climate change. These deniers tend to be grouped into 3 categories. The first are the skeptics who tend to lack respect towards anything that scientists have to say. They often believe that these scientists are receiving social recognition for their left wing conspiracies. The second tier is a set of individuals and organizations that push uncertainty into the public’s view about climate change. The last group consists of corporations that have invested economic power in blocking legislation that work to control climate change and they aim to fund denier campaigns.

Skepticism is a not a bad thing and is needed in science due to its skeptical nature. True skepticism however takes all of the evidence and reaches a conclusion rather than picking pieces of evidence to prove a point and ignoring the evidence that doesn’t fit the point. There is a clear difference between skepticism and ignoring clear facts. This relates to Deborah Tannen’s article, “Fighting for Our Lives,” which outlines the argument culture in our society. People tend to think there are only 2 sides to every issue and fail to recognize anything in-between. We also pick and choose facts to support certain arguments and leave out other evidence that doesn’t prove a particular point. The goal in our arguments is not to listen and understand but rather to do whatever it takes to win. The deniers of climate change generally don’t try and understand the other point of view, they just cherry pick evidence to fight the opposing side’s argument.

Reference: Singer, Merrill. “Climate Change Denial: The Organized Creation and Emotional Embrace of Unsupported Science Claims.” Anthropology News. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.