Climate note for U.S. teachers; reassurance for kidsMay 27, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Civics, Climate change, Climate science, Geography, Global warming, High school, Mathematics, Middle School, Physics, Psychology, Science, Students, Teachers, University | Leave a comment
The Inhofe EPW Press Blog is encouraging the distribution to schools and universities of a list of scientists who have switched from believing to disbelieving in manmade global warming. This list is not going to help students deal with their own global warming concerns. Delusion does not make a problem go away. Inhofe says his list will ‘counter alarmism’; in fact, he is using children, and their fears, as pawns in a nasty game. Children need reassurance, not confusion; and truth, not lies, in the face of our climate challenge. We can meet the challenge if we are not deluded! Of all the scientists employed in disciplines relevant to climate science, the few scientists Inhofe refers to are a tiny minority, and there is no widespread momentum nor shift in scientists’ beliefs away from manmade global warming. This idea has been fabricated.
‘Feel free to distribute the partial list of scientists who recently converted to skeptics to your local schools and universities. The voices of rank and file scientists opposing climate doomsayers can serve as a counter to the alarmism that children are being exposed to on a daily basis. (See Washington Post April 16, 2007 article about kids fearing of a “climactic Armageddon” )’
Weeks ago, I designed a graphic to show kids the numbers of professional scientists involved in climate science reports compared with skeptics, and remind students that, although I do love humourous cartoons and tales, Climate Change is no joke.
Each green dot represents a scientist who bases his answers upon scientific evidence and supports, in general, the summary of knowledge relating to climate change as summarised in the IPCC Assessment Report 4 (to be synthesised and published in full in November 2007).
Each red dot represents a scientist defending one or more of these aims:
- to deny global warming
- to deny human responsibility for causing (anthropogenic) global warming
- to deny human ability to deal with the threat of climate change
- to delay action to combat climate change
- to prevent action to combat climate change
(Make sure you get your information from a reliable source, kids.)