Yesterday I received a newsletter from the Grassroots Institute of Hawaii (forwarded to me from my old homeschool group). I skimmed it, and found reference to something called Skeptics Unite! [their exclamation, not mine]. This group is hosting the Global Warming Skeptics Conference, sponsored by The Heartland Institute.
The 2009 conference will serve as a platform for scientists and policy analysts who question the theories of man-made climate change.
Now, I am a big believer that the human footprint is way too large for this delicate world to continue to sustain us, long term. Man made chemicals, emissions, and by-products can’t help but impact the air we breathe and the water we drink. But I’m no scientist, and if a group wants to organize a conference, then more power to ‘em.
Ironically, as these things tend to happen, this morning I landed on a site called Breathing Earth that simulates births, deaths, and CO2 emissions on a map of the world. Quite opposite of the skeptical bunch, they say:
Global warming (aka climate change) is probably the most important issue to face our generation, and quite possibly any generation in history. The worldwide scientific community is virtually unanimous in its agreement that global warming is happening, and that it’s our fault. If we let it get out of our control, the consequences – which will already begin occuring in most of our lifetimes – will be catastrophic. Just some of the consequences that can be reasonably expected are rising sea levels, more frequent and more severe natural disasters, large-scale food shortages, plagues, massive species extinctions, unprecendented numbers of refugees, intensified ethnic and political tensions, and a global economic depression the likes of which no one has ever seen.
So, what do you think? Are the skeptics deceiving themselves? Is the earth ours to use up? ARE we using the earth up with our way of living? Or is it our responsibility to teach environmental responsibility to our kids?