Saturday, March 31, 2012

Turn the Engine Off

One of my favorite sites for good Climate Change science and good framing is Climate Denial Crock of the week.The site also has a Utube channel. Mr. Greenman3610 (Peter Sinclair) is a very busy guy. There are at least 75 short videos on the site that are worth watching and more importantly worth sending to those few folks left out there who truly don't understand the science well enough to make an informed decision on our climate change dilemma.

I'm not talking about the 30 something % of deniers out there who can't believe in the science. If they did, too many other things in their belief system would begin to work loose. Even though the science for evolution is very compelling, it can become a kind of wrecking ball of the mind. "The bible says the earth is 6,000 years, so don't talk to me about things that are millions of years old. (like Fossil Fuels) Climate Change science is similar. Although Climate Change science is quite compelling, it becomes a wrecking ball of economic theory and thought.

Conservatives are actually pretty smart. They know that often the "Light at the end of the Tunnel" no kidding really is a train. They realize that the simple admission of anthroprogenic induced climate change is a poison pill for the consumer society we have today. Many of them seem perfectly willing to buckle their children into those fancy carseats in the garage with the door closed... and the car motor running.

Despite the crazy warm winter in the NE, the terrible drought in Texas, the incredible shrinking North pole, the need to respond in a sane and strategic way has never been greater and the will to do so has never been weaker.

Climate Crock of the Week is bound to be helping in making a dent in that.

Another Climate Change hero is James Balog. The new documentary of his time lapse glacier photography is truly powerful. The title is Chasing Ice

Powerful Images can do powerful things. And Mr. Balogs images are truly that. In the documentary, he says that when it comes time that everyone knows and understands the challenge ahead for our species surviving climate change, Mr. Balog wanted to be able to say that he did everything he could to ring the clarion call.

Mr. Balog and Mr. Sinclair are doing their part.

We need more of us so we can

open the garage door and

Turn the engine off.