I am very slowly returning to the blog. After uni was over, we spent several weeks house-hunting – now we have found somewhere, we just need to get the moving all sorted and life will hopefully start settling down a little. I’ve missed writing and there has been so much stuff in the news lately as well!
Of course, the kicker is probably Climategate Take 2 (I feel so dirty using yet another ridiculous media term ending in’-gate’ but it seems unavoidable). More leaked emails, more bleating about how the climate scientists were obviously making things up, because it’s far more fun to have a nasty, semi-apocalyptic scenario ahead of us than to just keep on living as we are…
An article in The Guardian has done a nice job of sorting through some of the more explosive comments and explaining them in context – something that the media rarely does. While I applaud her efforts, I’m not sure that what she’s doing is all that effective – she’s preaching to the converted. Those who genuinely believe that the scientists at UEA are part of some sort of vast, climate conspiracy will not read his words – and if they do, they will hardly give them much credence.
That said, I’m not sure what the answer really is. To be honest, I think that the cartoon in my last post, may have the best solution. While climate change is a fairly dramatic call to action, maybe we need to take a step back. Maybe we need to convince people that every step we take to counter AGW is a step towards a better future with less atmospheric and water pollution, cleaner cities and healthier, stronger people. It doesn’t matter whether or not you ‘believe’ in climate change, you just need to believe that our world can be better.
Right here and now, I just don’t think that contexts and semantics are going to make the difference.