the hacked up files of the university e. anglia


newsweek cover of august 6, 2007 issue

with reclamation, some people don’t get the connection between environment and religion. they say, “hey lady, what does global warming have to do with belief when it’s a fact? i mean, it’s science.”

the reality is there are many who sit on the other side of the fence. the naysayers’ range is wide. from those who believe that global warming is a hoax created by devil-incarnate r&d money-hungry scientists, to those who believe that global warming is god bringing on the apocalypse, to those who believe that global warming exists but that neither man nor god has anything to do with it, to those who believe that global warming exists and is man-made but that there is nothing we can do about it, to those who believe that the data is biased towards climate catastrophe and therefore they cannot make a real assessment of the situation.

i tell people this, and they don’t believe me. think i’m making conspiracy theories about conspiracy theorists. tell me i must be delusional because their logic goes “i don’t know anyone who doesn’t believe global warming exists.” but with last week’s brouhaha over the hacked emails of the climate scientists from the university of east anglia (conveniently released during this copenhangen 2009 pre-show show) published across the internets and presented as proof of “the climate change hoax,” one cannot simply dismiss the climate change skeptics as figments of my paranoid imagination. meet steve mcintyre, james delingpole, airvent “because the world needs another option” among others. links have made between the skeptics, industry, and free-market think tanks, but regardless of motive, the fact is the voice of anti-global warmingists is loud and this week just got louder smushing the logic of ignorance into itty bits of bitsyness.

if everyone was on board, felt and understood the urgency of climate change, even with the dark underbelly of current industries tied to keeping things dirty old school, don’t you think we would be a touch closer to signed treaties? with more investments in green technology? for better and worse, action is tied to belief, and environmental action isn’t happening because not everyone believes it’s a pressing issue or even an issue at all.

ergo the relationship between religion and environment. climate change as maybe the new social divider…


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