02 Dec Climate Change: Keep the Facts Handy
It’s tough to sort through all the reports and sound bytes concerning climate change. Therefore, anyone who wants to make specific choices related to this issue needs objective facts and data to fall back on when emotional rhetoric makes everyone more overwhelmed and frustrated.
Here’s five reasons why I think Americans in particular aren’t fully-informed on the facts concerning climate change. None of them are that difficult to overcome:
- We’re too busy and distracted to stop and learn the specifics on the science supporting climate change.
- Our busyness perpetuates laziness regarding doing our “homework” on issues that don’t feel urgent or relevant to our daily needs.
- It’s easier and faster to go with our emotional response to the issue, and make decisions from there.
- We might possess a conscious or unconscious fear that if we become more informed on climate change, we’ll face the guilt or pressure of making lifestyle changes that are inconvenient or expensive, or both.
- Our close family members and friends have clear opinions on climate change, and it’s uncomfortable to engage in even healthy confrontation with the most important people in our lives.
One specific site to keep handy is this Q&A page on the NASA web site. When anyone, especially a politician, is making passionate claims about climate change, investigate the claim using this resource or a similar one from a credible entity. Whether or not you agree with the politician, don’t fully take his or her word for it. Investigate it for yourself, so that you can exercise the best possible critical thinking to make a sound choice.
Something else to do regularly is search for recent news articles regarding what elected officials are saying or doing regarding climate change. If you have the facts already at hand, you’ll be better informed about which leaders to vote into or out of office based on their stance.