Folks, apparently even Noah had a tricky time trying to convince his friends and neighbours that a global catastrophe was about to occur. As a result, he had to restart the worlds’ population from his little family group.
Oddly, the precise details of how Noah managed this were quickly glossed over by my Sunday school teacher.
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is, what if Noah was wrong? Worse-case scenario, he would have had much egg on his face, a bountiful supply of boat shaped timber to burn and plenty of animals to BBQ, two by two.
Now I believe that yarn like I believe in Hobbits, but there’s a lesson for all of us here: what if believers in man-made climate change are wrong?
Ok, before you call the Climate Change Cops to have me cuffed and bashed, let me explain.
While I usually disregard most climate change denying rants, memes or links I’m sent, I’m still cynical enough to suspect we probably are having our chains yanked and maybe, just maybe, my screeching mates are right?
By the way, I’d also really appreciate less shrieking, flying spittle and personal abuse (um, from both sides actually, remember, good manners cost nothing).
So, what if I, and 99% of the scientific community, really are on ‘Team Deluded Fools’ and the whole climate change ‘thing’ actually is a huge hoax being foisted upon us by (insert the name of your favourite conspiracy group, political party, cult, corporation, Witch Queen or Evil Overlord here)?
Firstly, how can we stop their nefarious scheme? Honestly, I’m struggling to get people to turn off lights when they leave a room, so my chances of bringing down a well organised cabal with humorous memes are slim at best.
Secondly, even if there is a ‘Great Green Conspiracy’ to stop plucky billionaires from mining oil and gas, and the rest of us from wasting precious resources, consuming less meat and generally being a bit kinder to the planet (and each other), what’s the worst that could happen?
Well, the billionaires will continue pointlessly racing each other into space while the rest of us pottered about our hum drum existences below on a cleaner, greener planet.
Someone explain to me how this is a waste of time, or a gullible goal to aim for?
Because, if those of us on ‘Team Deluded Fools’ are right, and we don’t stop burning fossil fuels like there’s no tomorrow, then, like in the days of Noah, for a whole lot of humans, animals and plants there won’t be a tomorrow.
And this time it won’t be at the merciless, and slightly damp, hands of a ‘loving’ God.
This article first appeared in the Regrow Queensland e-zine. Check it out!