The consequences of climate change will have effects far greater than we currently suspect. To ensure a bright future for ourselves and future generations, we have to take action. My freshman year, I interviewed Scott Powell, an environmental scientist professor at MSU. He studies carbon sequestration, one technological fix that has the potential to greatly reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere. This is the most promising fix that I am aware of, because it seems to limit the unintended consequences that may arise. Aerosols which “suck” these gasses out of the air worry me because of how quickly they could spread across the globe. However, technological fixes will not simply solve the problem on their own. Our culture has to change, but to reduce waste and emissions our way of life is in jeopardy. I am optimistic for the future, because I trust that technology will allow us to continue living however we want, as it has been for the past couple hundred years.
Climate science is certainly not a new phenomenon according to Michael Reidy. Tyndall was conducting greenhouse experiments since the 1800s. He argued that a naturalistic explanations accounts for the workings of nature. While Reidy offers an important historical perspective, the articles from the IPCC backs it up with current numbers. It is definitely frustrating when people that are not versed in science argue with PhD scientists who have spent their whole life studying the environment and trying to preserve it. In my experience, those who are more educated regardless of discipline are more compassionate about the environment. This is a limited view though, as I only really have the opinions of people at MSU and in Bozeman. One argument I have heard is that “everything comes from nature, so what makes one thing more toxic than the other?” Arguments like this just can’t be backed up with numbers and studies, they are purely opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion in a free country, but we need to make sure those in power are interested in preserving the environment.