Religion and Climate Change Denial

Climate change, or global warming is a real threat to the planet we live on. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have been monitoring the rise of greenhouse gases, that includes CO2, Methane and Nitrous Oxide, and they claim that since 1990 the amount of gases in our atmosphere have been steadily rising above average every year.

“There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, in greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere despite all the commitments under the Paris agreement on climate change,” – WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

Over the last 650,000 years, there have been huge glacial buildups and retreats (Ice Ages) and the last ended about 7,000 years ago. Whilst this is a natural planetary cycle, what makes this cycle so significant and important is the rate the planet is warming up, and there’s an almost certain probability that we as a species are responsible due to emissions and other harmful build ups of gases. The gases like carbon dioxide allow heat from the Sun to enter the atmosphere, but is responsible for retaining some of what would normally disperse (the Greenhouse effect).

Many nations have sent up satellites to study global warming, and its effects. Due to studies of rocks, trees, and oceans, scientists are fairly confident that the Earth is heating up at an unprecedented rate, and far exceeds previous post-Ice Age warming. The temperature has risen roughly 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the last century, with the biggest rise in 2016 with it being the warmest year since records began. Whilst 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit may seem insignificant, it’s responsible for hundreds of billions of tons of ice loss from Greenland, the Artic and Antarctica every year, which is having an alarming and profound effect on wildlife.

A raise of temperature not only contributes towards rising sea levels due to ice melting, but it also contributes towards more rainfall in some regions, and growing desert and drought conditions in others. Animals are becoming extinct, or being forced to relocate due to food sources being scarce, or dying in wildfires which have become more prominent in recent years.

Despite the evidence of climate change being abundant, religious people deny it. Why is that? Is it because if humanity is actually responsible, they wish to refrain from accountability as usual, or is it really because they are just treating this life as preparation for the after-life, and actually don’t care what condition the planet is left in? Either way, ignorance breeds ignorance, and if the scientists stood to one side and let theists take over we’d be well and truly fucked!

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