Protest march

Global climate marches spur more division than debate

I guess there are things you miss when consuming mainstream media doesn’t hold the attraction it once did.

While I could write an entire blog post on the idea that media and information is a commodity people choose to consume, I’ll save that for later. What I want to draw your attention to today is the recent global climate marches that took place over the weekend in cities like Seattle and New York.

It’s easy to become numb to protest marches. They’re really all the same. People shout feel-good slogans and utter completely illogical phrases in an effort to make it look like there’s a ground-swell of grassroots support for ideas when the planning and marketing of such efforts can be as carefully and corporately crafted as the efforts of multinational conglomerates.

The only reason I was mildly attracted to the protest march was the irony of how the protestors were treating “Mother Earth.”

Pictures of polystyrene and paper coffee cups, aluminum cans and paper strewn on the streets of Seattle made me chuckle. It’s sort of like the Occupy Wall Street protestors setting up their North Face tents and toting Apple devices and Sony laptops with them to decry the ruling class they claim is ruining America.

Cue Alanis Morissette and her song "Ironic."

Am I now a “denier” because I question the message and the efforts of those who oppose and defy logic? I guess that’s the culture we live in today: if you oppose something that the cultural lemmings are animated about, you are defined by bad words and slogans.

Let’s get one thing straight: I do not deny that the climate is changing. I’ve seen climate’s ebbs and flows for decades and I cannot deny it happens. What I do challenge is the premise behind why it’s changing.

Honest scientists will point to cycles of the sun and other rhythms of nature that have far more impact on the climate than whether the A/C in our cars is powered by Freon or some less-effective refrigerant.

Does that mean issues of pollution should be ignored? Absolutely not. Mankind has done much in recent years to reduce our negative impacts on the environment. This is a good thing.

Those who did pay attention to the media saw stories and heard reports of the air pollution during the Beijing Olympics that had Chinese censors working over-time. While America has its problems, we are fortunate to not be in such a predicament, yet you wouldn’t get that impression by listening to the climate-change ambulance chasers.

The problem with these man-made crises is the premise that if we don’t do something yesterday the planet is going to crumble and we’re all going to die. Also part of these false premises relates to our need for the same response regardless of local climates, geography and other pertinent situations.

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Our impacts on nature and on agriculture’s ability to remain sustainable present some serious challenges that cannot be solved by protest marches or media sound bites.

It’s sad that we have to question science because not everyone uses it in an honest manner.


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