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The cultural process of climate change denial... done with dinosaurs!

The science of climate change is settled. End of. It's a problem. We need to act.

So why all the confusion?

Try this as a different and comic perspective:




Message to Russell Brand


Hi Russell,


Great to see you on Newsnight recently and I'm right with you. Our society, as a whole, doesn't work. Massive corporations rule our lives and what they say, goes. So we have increasingly obese kids, pay day loans with interest rates of 4000% which is deemed acceptable and denial of climate change.


(Link to Russell Brand on Newsnight): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk


Many politicians are a waste of time. The first example that pops to mind is MPs who are openly in the pockets of fossil fuel companies who are working in or comment on climate change. Surprise, surprise, they don't think climate change is a problem.


Part of the radical overhaul, which is where I think you're going, will mean an overhaul of politics.


Now, mate, you said you don't vote, and I can see why, but I think voting is part of the solution.


Here's how and why - take a radical party with views you support and support them. The Green Party are probably closest to where you want to go.


Now, even if they don't get in, if they get a big swing their way, say they get double their usual vote, it helps to push things as a whole, in that direction, because other political parties get worried and start saying "Ahh! The Greens have had a massive swing their way, what are they doing right that we're not..."


Now, this can lead to 'greenwash.' The best example of this is the Tories with their 'greenest Government ever.' It was obviously going to be a load of old bollocks, and sure enough, that's how it's turned out. Most greenies didn't believe the hype and the were right not to.


So there are no easy answers, BUT I think you need to take the political system into account, think how YOU want it to be and shape it in that direction.


Check out the Green Party. Push for those guys and you'll push politics in that direction.



Is it any wonder people are confused about climate change?

Climate change denial often gets referred to as the ‘climate denial industry.’ And this is perfectly justified because fossil fuel companies, who’d have to scale back their businesses if they took climate change seriously, put a lot of money into casting doubt on the science and generally undermining efforts to address the problem.

This article in the Mail on Sunday on 8.9.13 made me rather angry: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2415191/Global-cooling-Arctic-ice-caps-grows-60-global-warming-predictions.html

It describes climate change as being part of a ‘great green con.’ The article leads the reader to conclude that there isn’t a problem and that artic ice isn’t melting due to climate change, but is in fact growing.

But then I got really angry when I read this rather good rebuttal in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/sep/09/climate-change-arctic-sea-ice-delusions

How, you ask, could the Mail get it so very wrong? Obviously, they have got it deliberately wrong. They are following some sort of agenda, undermining all of our collective futures and leading us into what may well be the Earth’s 6th mass extinction.

So, what’s the agenda? Are they being funded by fossil fuel companies to spread these, essentially, lies? My suspicion is that the Mail want to preserve what they see as our ‘lifestyle’ as they know that tackling climate change will mean big society changes; it means reducing how much energy we consume, how many gadgets we have, and what car we drive (even IF we drive). It means re-shaping how we get electricity; closing coal plants and gas plants and opening wind, solar, tidal and wave generation. It means re-shaping the global economy. Fossil fuels are the economic bedrock, and that has to change. None of this will be easy.

…and the Mail don’t like the sound of that. A lot of people don’t like the sound of that. I’m not sure I’m all that keen on it myself! But we can’t ignore reality. However much we may or may not like it. The world is as it is.

A psychologically healthy position is to start with ‘ok, I like my car, I like my lifestyle’ … ‘but there’s a problem with it.’

This denial of the problem of climate change is very common, and I suspect it’s the route of the Mail’s problem.

Overcoming any denial is always about admitting the problem first. Once you’ve done that, you can then move on to more healthy action.

So, c’mon folks, say it with me “Hi. My name is Jeff, and I’m a carboholic.”

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