I’m someone who believes there is an alarming prospect that contemporary humanity will modify the world’s climate in a disastrous way.
I plan to set out the kernel of the case, as I see it, in a separate article. In essence, my key concerns haven’t changed for 20 years. But that’s for another day.
Right now – as someone who believes climate change IS a real concern – I want to dicuss the growing use of terms such as ‘Climate Change Deniers’ and ‘Climate Change Denial’.
These quite new expressions are being bandied around with increasing abandon by some of our most prominent ‘public intellectuals’, such as the highly topical Dr Clive Hamilton. It’s time they stopped.
No case that’s based on evidence and logic need vanquish opponents by ‘framing’ the terms of debate in an unfair manner.
If the threat of rapid climate change is real – as I believe it is – we can win the argument fair and square. And we shall.
A little humour might help. Let’s lighten up!
Of course it would be nice to win the debate sooner. But there’s a process we must go through to get there. It’s called rational debate in a complex modern society.
Nothing could be more damaging to achieving a consensus (or near-consensus) on climate change policy than an attempt to force the issue, by seeking to delegitimize those who hold opposing views.