The BBC report that climate change scepticism is on the rise. Why do people get all tribal about this? I guess it is to do with the way the issue is reported and the identification of a tribe of climate change ‘believers’. This is not an issue about belief. By the BBC’s inane standards I would myself count as a climate change sceptic, and yet I think action on this issue is urgent.
One question gives an impression of the way the BBC would like to place opinions into ‘boxes’ that create ‘a story’. People were asked ‘Which of the following statements is closest to your view?’
- Climate change is happening and is now largely established as man-made.
- Climate change is happening but not yet proven to be largely man-made.
- Climate change is happening but it is environmentalist propaganda that it is man-made.
- Climate change is not happening.
Well personally I wouldn’t sign up to any of these statements. My statement is a bit longer, but would be something like:
- Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising and this is indisputably caused by humans. Our best estimate of the effect of this is that this will cause the Earth’s Climate to change. Climate observations are consistent with the idea that we are committing ourselves to significant future climate change and it would be prudent to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on the basis that when the data is unequivocal, it will probably be too late.
Is that really too complicated for people to understand?