No more excuses for inaction

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I believe the scientific evidence that human activity is rapidly warming our planet and causing worldwide climate change.

I also believe our world is not flat but a sphere encircling the sun once every year.

I base my beliefs on the huge amount of evidence gathered from many years of research by numerous dedicated scientists. I reject the gobbledygook offered by climate deniers and Flat Earthers who cherry-pick and push pseudoscience alternatives.

A while back there were some letters challenging the benefits of vaccination. Myself and others supported the practice.

Checking all, I learned from suggested anti-vaccination websites that the “antis” use the same style of pseudoscience research and instant dismissal of counter arguments as other anti-science groups.

There is a load of easily accessible information out there.

With people’s brains scrambled from years of absorbing media and TV junk, it is little wonder many willingly grasp alternative facts.

Thank God we have the reliability of painstakingly researched, peer-reviewed science to put us right, if we wish.

“Science has beauty, power and majesty that can provide spiritual as well as practical fulfilment. But superstition and pseudoscience keep getting in the way, providing easy answers . . . ” — Carl Sagan, Skeptical Inquirer, 1996.

Our Earth Mother (Papatuanuku) provides us with all our earthly needs.

Past civilisations collapsed because they exploited and degraded available recourses. Now our global civilisation is about to do likewise on a grand scale.

“Humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world’s resources,” said David Attenborough in 2013. Many others have spoken words in the same vein.

The non-deniers also know that by using fossil fuel, atomic-age technology, human activity has altered the chemistry of the atmosphere, oceans and soils, and the process has driven up world temperatures and destabilised climates.

Scientists first warned us in the 19th century that if excessive greenhouse gas emissions continued, this would happen.

Yet it wasn’t until the early 1960s, with C.D. Keeling’s undisputable evidence of rapidly-rising atmospheric CO2 levels and effects, that there was any reaction.

To any reasonable person, it is obvious humanity can’t continue on this path without endangering our species’ future existence.

Why then do we still have this resistance to a common-sense approach?

We can forget the climate change-deniers, their minds are fixed.

It is the rest who are aware yet still remain part of the destructive process. It is they who hold the fate of our species in balance.

Some of the various excuses I’ve heard:

* Too busy * Too expensive * I’m already doing my bit * It’s God’s will, or Jesus will save us * It’s up to governments and the rich * Technology/geo-engineering will repair it * We’ve left it too late, anyway I’m ok * And the most ridiculous of all, our government’s defence in the court case this year taken by student Sarah Thomson against New Zealand’s inaction on climate change: “If New Zealand reduces emissions to zero there won’t be any noticeable effect on climate change and we have to rely on the rest of the global community to achieve change.”

Finally, from “Out of the blue, into the red” column of September 1: “Climate change and our Paris Accord commitments are a super big deal . . . . comrades. New Zealand must pull its weight — that’s the international socialist way.”

Those words say it all. Under our present capitalist, National-led government we’re stuffed.

There is not a better reason to vote a Labour-Green government into power than this.

I believe the scientific evidence that human activity is rapidly warming our planet and causing worldwide climate change.

I also believe our world is not flat but a sphere encircling the sun once every year.

I base my beliefs on the huge amount of evidence gathered from many years of research by numerous dedicated scientists. I reject the gobbledygook offered by climate deniers and Flat Earthers who cherry-pick and push pseudoscience alternatives.

A while back there were some letters challenging the benefits of vaccination. Myself and others supported the practice.

Checking all, I learned from suggested anti-vaccination websites that the “antis” use the same style of pseudoscience research and instant dismissal of counter arguments as other anti-science groups.

There is a load of easily accessible information out there.

With people’s brains scrambled from years of absorbing media and TV junk, it is little wonder many willingly grasp alternative facts.

Thank God we have the reliability of painstakingly researched, peer-reviewed science to put us right, if we wish.

“Science has beauty, power and majesty that can provide spiritual as well as practical fulfilment. But superstition and pseudoscience keep getting in the way, providing easy answers . . . ” — Carl Sagan, Skeptical Inquirer, 1996.

Our Earth Mother (Papatuanuku) provides us with all our earthly needs.

Past civilisations collapsed because they exploited and degraded available recourses. Now our global civilisation is about to do likewise on a grand scale.

“Humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world’s resources,” said David Attenborough in 2013. Many others have spoken words in the same vein.

The non-deniers also know that by using fossil fuel, atomic-age technology, human activity has altered the chemistry of the atmosphere, oceans and soils, and the process has driven up world temperatures and destabilised climates.

Scientists first warned us in the 19th century that if excessive greenhouse gas emissions continued, this would happen.

Yet it wasn’t until the early 1960s, with C.D. Keeling’s undisputable evidence of rapidly-rising atmospheric CO2 levels and effects, that there was any reaction.

To any reasonable person, it is obvious humanity can’t continue on this path without endangering our species’ future existence.

Why then do we still have this resistance to a common-sense approach?

We can forget the climate change-deniers, their minds are fixed.

It is the rest who are aware yet still remain part of the destructive process. It is they who hold the fate of our species in balance.

Some of the various excuses I’ve heard:

* Too busy * Too expensive * I’m already doing my bit * It’s God’s will, or Jesus will save us * It’s up to governments and the rich * Technology/geo-engineering will repair it * We’ve left it too late, anyway I’m ok * And the most ridiculous of all, our government’s defence in the court case this year taken by student Sarah Thomson against New Zealand’s inaction on climate change: “If New Zealand reduces emissions to zero there won’t be any noticeable effect on climate change and we have to rely on the rest of the global community to achieve change.”

Finally, from “Out of the blue, into the red” column of September 1: “Climate change and our Paris Accord commitments are a super big deal . . . . comrades. New Zealand must pull its weight — that’s the international socialist way.”

Those words say it all. Under our present capitalist, National-led government we’re stuffed.

There is not a better reason to vote a Labour-Green government into power than this.

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Martin Hanson - 1 month ago
Too true. Only thing is, there's just too much money to be made by corporations, the central banks and the media - especially television - that depend on advertising the high energy lifestyle. It seems that it's a case of: to hell with our grandchildren - they certainly face a hellish future.

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