I noticed that I was getting some flack in the comments on another climate blog (to which I won’t link), with some commenters claiming I’d lost whatever credibility I had. This seemed a little surprising, as I didn’t think I really had any with those who typically commented there. Turns out, it was because I’d signed this petition. I’m often reluctant to sign petitions, because they’re – by their nature – simplistic and rarely say something I completely agree with.
In this case, I’m somewhat uncomfortable with the claim that human-caused changes to the Earth’s land, sea and air are severely threatening the habitability of our planet. I think we are certainly messing with the system that makes this planet habitable, but I don’t think what we’re doing is going to make it un-inhabitable (although we could make some currently habitable regions, uninhabitable).
However, I am trying to step out of my comfort zone, and I do think we need to take immediate and decisive action, I do think that the warnings from the scientific community have – to date – been largely ignored, and I do support those who are campaigning to get governments to act (although, it’s key that this remains peaceful and non-violent). Hence, I wanted to show some support.
On a similar note, I’m actually part of a panel discussion at the flightfree2020 event in Edinburgh. I’ll also be giving a short talk, which will be the first time I’ll have given a public talk on this topic, so I’m somewhat nervous about it and am hoping I’ve pitched it correctly. It does give me a chance to highlight some things that I think are important, but are not always appreciated. I’ll maybe let people know how I think it went (unless it appears to have gone badly, in which case I might ignore it 🙂 ).