Try­ing to un­der­stand cli­mate change

The Chatham Daily News - - OPINION -

I’m try­ing to get my 80-year-old head around the con­cept of global warm­ing. Or cli­mate change – call it what you will.

I have watched videos and read learned books con­cern­ing the loss of Arc­tic sea ice, the melt­ing of the per­mafrost, car­bon diox­ide and meth­ane re­lease from the oceans.

I rec­og­nize that some folk sin­cerely be­lieve that green­house gas emis­sions are caus­ing cli­mate change. They reach that con­clu­sion by hon­estly ex­am­in­ing the data.

Sci­en­tist David Suzuki has said that “if we want to ad­dress global warm­ing … we must learn to use our re­sources more wisely, kick our ad­dic­tion, and quickly start turn­ing to sources of en­ergy that have fewer neg­a­tive im­pacts.”

Also, as an evan­ge­lis­tic Chris­tian, I can’t help won­der­ing if we’re about to ex­pe­ri­ence the end times dis­as­ters proph­e­sied in the Bi­ble.

And also, of course, there are those scam­mers who pro­mote the cli­mate change men­tal­ity for pro­fes­sional or fi­nan­cial gain. Af­ter all, one can make a lot of money sell­ing “green” prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies.

Yet Pre­mier Doug Ford has promised to legally chal­lenge Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau’s de­ci­sion to cre­ate a na­tional car­bon price.

And then I read that it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter be­cause Canada only ac­counts for 1.6 per cent of global emis­sions.

So that’s why I’m try­ing to dis­cover the truth be­hind all we hear about global warm­ing.

Stephen Beecroft Chatham

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