There is much divisiveness within our current era in regards to climate change and what we are to do about it. There is always a danger in simplifying complex issues and yet the complexity of issues require us to synthesise complex issues into issues that can be simply understood. Perhaps one of the most complex issues that our era is facing into the future is that of climate change. It’s important to note that within the framework of climate change, it’s not a new thing that our generation faces.
Scripture tells us that indeed there is nothing new under the sun. And history tells us that past generations have faced the issues surrounding climate change. Within the context of Australia, there was a time when Tasmania was connected to mainland Australia. It’s believed that there was also a land bridge connecting Australia to what is known as Papua New Guinea. These land bridges are believed to have been the mechanisms which allowed this nation many thousands of years ago to be settled by transient wanderers. Over time because of sea rise land become isolated islands and continents.
Archaeologists and geologists tell us that much of Australia was once covered by a vast inland sea, and yet today, those same areas are vastly different and for the most part are now arid deserts. In talking about arid areas though, it’s important to note that arid doesn’t mean dead as most of the deserts throughout the world are thriving examples of eco systems which are thriving habitats.
While I have used Australia as an example, the geological and archaeological sciences show us that the rising seas which affected Australia also had a global effect.
Fast forward into the last 1000 years and again history and science tells us that humanity faced two major climatic changes. The first was that of a global warming period which took place in 1000 -1400’sAd. The second major climatic change was that of a global cooling period which is known as the “Mini Ice age,” which took place in the 1400’s – 1800’s AD. Science shows us that the peak of the global warming period was up to 2 degrees warmer than what our current global temperatures are now.
From the 1850’s we saw a gradual increasing of global temperatures with some cooling happening in the 60’s and 70’s. During this time science started to think that we were headed towards a time of a global ice age. During this time a group of academics become what is known today as “Climate Alarmists.” One well known academic was John Holdren who is now a scientific advisor to the President of the United States. He wrote a number of books about an impending disaster of massive proportions in which he raised the alarm for the impeding ice age that was coming. In his books he called for drastic measures such as forced population control. Indeed such was the influence of this alarmism of the time movies were made along those themes, such as the block buster, “The Day After Tomorrow.”
In the late 80’s and early 90’s scientists discovered that CFC’s were depleting the Ozone layers. Armed with solid proof, the regulation of CFC’s stopped their production and release into the atmosphere and science has shown that the depletion of the Ozone layers has in fact stopped.
A change began in the mid 70’s where the science began to move away from a global cooling to that of a global warming event. And for the next 20 – 30 years the slogan “Global Warming” began to propagate. Today the slogan of Global Warming has changed once again to that of Climate Change where it’s recognised that climate may change to that of warm and cold.
It’s important to note up front that all scientists believe in climate change. There is basically a 100% consensus that the climate is changing. However when it comes to climate change, there are those within our scientific community who believe its caused by human influences; mainly that of C02 and those who believe that climate is changing because that is what the earth does. And so within the framework of climate change we find ourselves face to face with two terms. Alarmists and Denialists.
It’s important for us in talking about climate change to understand and acknowledge that denialists do not deny that the climate is changing. They whole heartily believe that the climate is changing. They do however deny that the change is because of human interference of the earth.
One of the most common sweeping portrayals within the scientific and alarmist media is that of finger pointing of the greed of big oil who it’s said fund the science for any dissenting science which denies climate change is human induced. This is mostly said from a position of self-righteous indignation in that their side is pure and just in their pursuit of science.
However a closer look will reveal that this is not the case.
There is much greed within the alarmism camp of which much profiteering has taken place. One such high profile alarmist is Al Gore the past vice president of the United States of America. His film “An Inconvenient Truth” was shown around the world to highlight the dangers of human caused climate change. Yet his movie was proven in a UK court to have a large number of errors and lies throughout it.
Despite Al Gores call for a simpler lifestyle he built a bigger mansion to live in with a large fleet of gas guzzling cars. Richard Sandor, an economist and professor had the bright idea of setting up the Chicago Climate Exchange. This exchange was set up via a 1 million dollar grant band not thei founders own monies. Al Gore and a number of others bought the shares of this exchange for the grand total of 1 million dollars and promoted this as the next big thing in the finance markets.
However 6 months before this exchange collapsed, Al Gore sold his shares, netting himself a nice little profit of 18 million dollars. Richard Sandor made a nice little sum of 98 million dollars. And it’s not really known how much the other initial founders raked in from selling their shares. The investors who bought their shares ended up with zilch. Not a cent from the failed exchange which totally collapsed in 2010.
One must also note that Al Gore’s promotion of his movie wasn’t coming from a philanthropist position. Through his promotion of his movie; he made huge profits through his other renewable companies and so we can see huge personal profits being made through the alarmist position.
Within the current and past alarmism, none of Al Gores nor our own prophet of doom, Tim Flannery’s prophetic utterances have come to pass. Yet these two men and others like them are held up as prophetic icons within the alarmist camps.
When it comes to monies the United Nations have used perhaps billions to set up a system to help nations who are going to be affected by climate change. But, none of those monies it received went to any of those countries. Instead the monies was used to set up bureaucracy’s, multimillion dollar rented premises, large payments for staff, consultants and a whole heap of other stuff which lined the pockets of those who chaired the various committees and boards.. all without giving a cent to those who actually need it.
Science has shown that global temperatures have not risen over the last 16 years. They have been stable. It is true that they have risen a small percentage each decade before hand. But keep in mind that our current temps are still considered to be at the minimum 1 degree lower then what it was during the warming period of 1000-1400 AD and could be as much as 2 degrees lower. The medieval ice age moved into a warming period in the mid to late 1800’s. And so it’s to be expected that each decade after a cooling period will see an increase of temperature.
Within the framework of climate change – it’s easy to see that vast sums of monies are not being spent wisely. Recently our own CSIRO released a paper which has shown a 10% increase of foliage in arid areas through the use of satellite imagery – they have pin pointed the cause of this is the increase of C02 into our atmosphere.
A warming period does not create a gloom and doom scenario. Warm weather creates better growing conditions for crops, which results in more food. According to the CSIRO increased Co2 increases plants water efficiencies in growth and indeed another study on legumes showed that these plants thrived in higher Co2 environments. Note that legumes are a staple food source.
Furthermore, warmer weather causes less deaths. The previous Australian winter which was an unseasonal warm one saw a decrease of deaths by 20% of normal trends.
So where do we go from here. It’s agreed that climate is changing. It’s not agreed as to what is causing it. We have to acknowledge that indeed there is greed and profiteering within both camps of alarmists and denialists. We have to acknowledge that huge amounts of monies have been spent without much help being given to anyone who really needs it.
This should be cause for us to “Selah” – that is to pause for a moment, reflect and think what could be a better way to go.