Approximately 1 in 5 science students will encounter a ‘Climate Change Denier’ at least once in their illustrious university career (potentially made-up fact). This unfortunate encounter can stir fire in the hearts of the calmest, because who on earth has the time to tell this denier why they’re so, so, so.. wrong.
Now I don’t know about you, but hearing anyone utter words along the line of ‘climate change is a myth’ is enough to make me want to pack up immediately and move to the moon.
At least I won’t meet the inevitable, burny, hot death climate change deniers are heading for – unless they really truly lift their game.
Now unless you’re a Sarah Palin fanatic, I’m hoping you know that human-induced climate change is NOT a conspiracy, but in fact a scary, dangerous event that could literally eradicate humankind….forever.
So. If you have accepted that the globe is warming (at an alarming rate), here are some hard and fast facts for you to remember should anyone try to debate with you.
And if you believe that climate change is a myth, do yourself a favor, read my three-part blog and save a lot of tired scientists a three day disposition on why you’re wrong.
And so it begins.
Climate Myth 1: Climate change is natural, and supposed to happen!
Correct. Yes. You are right. Take these cookies and go home.
Climate change IS a natural phenomenon! The climate does have a cyclic nature of getting warmer and cooler.
However. It was never supposed to get this hot.
The figure below is where I believe this fun little myth came from. It shows the year 2000 being cooler than the period around the 10th Century. This graph makes it look like this increase is natural and normal.
However, skip forward approximately 15 years, and lo-and-behold scientists have continued to measure the annual temperature (just in case).
And there it is. That’s why we are worried. The temperature has risen higher than we’ve ever seen it before. Higher than that of the natural cycle.
2014 was our hottest year on record. Until 2015 came and broke that record. And now, 2016 is on track to break it. As a matter of fact, the hottest sixteen years on record have all occurred since 2002.
Now if that’s not enough to make you cut off your electricity and retire to a more sustainable life deep in the forest, read on.
Not only is the globe getting warmer, but our rising temperatures are undoubtedly linked to …. fossil fuel production (Shock! Horror!).
Burning fossil fuels results in the release of carbon dioxide into our environment. And this graph below conveniently demonstrates that as our CO2 emissions are rising, so is our global temperature.
So if our CO2 emissions are rising, and our global temperature is rising, and we are experiencing the hottest years on record – what would our only likely conclusion be?
And if anyone so much as looks like a climate change denier, take them out for dinner, entertain their (invalid) debates and then, like magic, smack these graphs down – just like John Cena would.
And finally, if all else fails, get yourself a late night TV show so you can make fun of ‘Climate Change Deniers’ – just like Jimmy Kimmel does!