….this is not the place to carry on a debate about whether or not it’s happening, or who’s more indoctrinated than whom. I’m always interested in having intelligent, respectful conversations about controversial topics, but I find that it’s generally extremely difficult for participants from either side of a heated (ahem….no pun intended) debate to maintain those particular qualities.
This blog was established to celebrate an outrageously fascinating animal and ecosystem, and more generally to share my love of wildlife, nature, and creativity. It will not become a place in which we carry on the same tired and unnecessary debates that permeate mainstream media. If you don’t believe in and/or are scared of science and madcap imagination, this is not the place for you.
So let me just state my official climate change position: it’s happening, and the narrative within this blog exists within that paradigm. The preponderance of data point to human-caused climate effects that will have far-reaching consequences for humanity and the planet. I am not a climate scientist but I’ve worked with several, and I accept the methodology and the conclusions of my peers who are. I have arrived at this stance by using my critical thinking skills to consider a number of hypotheses, including the idea that climate change is not happening at all, or is happening due to natural climate fluctuations. If you have any inclination to suggest that I have been brainwashed or am not open-minded, ask yourself whether you hold that opinion simply because I haven’t come to the same conclusions you have, or whether you actually have scientifically valid information that ought to be considered (note: being ‘open-minded’ places no one under any obligation to consider data that do not meet our standards of quality. And in this case, that minimum standard of quality is peer-reviewed academic literature.) Many questions remain to be answered about climate change, but I believe that the most pressing of those – especially for all you breeders out there – is what kind of world we’re going to leave to your descendants.
So if you’re interested in having a conversation about constructive paths forward, by all means, post comments leaving your suggestions. If you’re interested in telling me that you think wolverines and high altitude ecosystems are awesome too, let me know that as well. If you’re interested in making a stance that climate change isn’t happening, please go do it somewhere else. Any future comments attempting to instigate a debate on this topic will be deleted.