“Climate change is not real.”

The challenge with empowering people with a scientific approach in determining evidenced based fact from subjective bias is that it requires the investment of reasoning at the very base of all supporting information. This journey is one shared by scientists of every discipline true to the field of their study. For without a full understanding of all contributing evidence, no credible theory could be offered.

Such as it is with respect to issues identified through large investments of scientific study: the clear answer is not easily stumbled upon by those not willing to invest in supporting knowledge. As a result, those unwilling to invest in the acquisition of information as critical in revealing a likely theory — fall helplessly to the human instinct that seeks answers easiest, regardless if supportive or not.

On rare occasions, evidence that answers statements such as “Climate change is not real” are sometimes easily found. To that, this author points to a period in time when the long summers of the 1970s could be enjoyed without the need for sunblock. Skin exposure to the sun for well over an hour provided a much admired tan in the 1970s. However, changes to our environment has erased that ability outright. Today, unprotected exposure to mid-day sun for an hour can result in severe burns warranting medical attention.

This cultural impact shifted social acceptance of suntan lotion, to sunblock in the space of only 20 years. Evidently, loss of Earth’s ozone layer is a massive change to our environment — and thus an expected shift in the climate many species desperately depend upon.

This author challenges those who say “Climate change is not real” to prove climate change is false — for in doing so, one might learn the supporting evidence. Further, it’s hopeful more will learn the difference between global warming and climate change — for the careless intermixing of the two is indicative of those failing to invest in the acquisition of all information — supporting or not — all the more by those willing to influence policy while uninformed.

“Legislation should be based on objective truths, not some belief system you happen to have for yourself that others are in conflict with. So, go ahead and think that, but if you try to then influence others, you’re actually being irresponsible, and you are destabilizing the foundations of an informed democracy.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson