Yesterday saw yet another climate change denier writing to the Andover Advertiser. The evidence for global warming is irrefutable as is the proof that this warming is a direct result of human activity. NASA reports that “Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.”
All this information is freely available. And yet there are those who still will not admit it and demand cheap energy from fossil fuels to power their unsustainable life styles. The evidence is there for all to see, rising sea levels, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets and increasingly erratic weather conditions. All are a direct result of our over indulgence in fossil fuels. We can all see the evidence if we choose to look.
No-one is arguing that wind farms, solar panels or any other alternative energy source is perfect. All have a part to play in reducing our dependence on carbon based energy. To dismiss them out of hand and insist on continued reliance on fossil fuels rejects the overwhelming scientific evidence of the need to change our ways.
We are not the owners of the Earth, just its custodians. We have a duty to future generations not to destroy it by ignorant self indulgence.
Picture – NASA website http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ which provides links to all the evidence that climate change is real.