Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Global Warming: Listening to Arnold Schwarzenegger

As a rule of thumb, Republicans aren’t keen on climate change science. It’s not just Donald Trump – almost all of the Republican presidential nominations are against the need to act on global warming.
That shouldn’t be a surprise... there is an extremely strong correlation between conservative political ideology and denial of science. 

There are exceptions, however, and one of those is Arnold Schwarzenegger... who has written a stinging, but brilliant, Facebook post aimed squarely at those who deny the climate science.

Entitled “I don’t give a damn if we agree about climate change”, the former Republican governor challenges the deniers to embrace renewable energy sources, even if the majority of scientists turn out to be wrong: "Let's put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let's assume you're right,” he begins.

He then proceeds to ask climate sceptics three questions: “First – do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That's more than murders, suicides, and car accidents combined.”.....

There's more in the article:

Note: Be sure to listen to the imbedded in the above TED talk video relating to how to encourage bipartisan action on other major issues that are facing America. Issues that both partisan groups already agree are problems; but, because of other partisan issues not agreed upon are being ignored because doing so would mean talking with members of the enemy camp (tribal warfare mentality). We need to remember that we are all Americans and we are all "in the same boat". 
TED talk (20 minute): 
"How common threats can make common political ground"

Group selection: 
"When we're all in the same boat":
(05:27 video) "The Glitch"

Global Warming: Boiling Frog Metaphor

"The boiling frog is an anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is put in cold water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphorfor the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that rise gradually."

In the case of global warming, this particular metaphor may be particularly apt. Especially when you consider that Earth has not experienced comparable warm temperatures since the last interglacial age and they are set to rise even higher due to greenhouse gas amplification.

Here are my most recent postings regarding global warming:

There are more; but, let us stop the listing here.