When I was a little girl, there was such a thing as a brontosaurus and it was a totally cool dinosaur (there was a movie about it and everything). Then one day a scientist said, “Oops, we screwed that one up. Â It is actually a grown up Apatosaurus. Our bad.â€ And now when I take my kids to a natural history museum, they think I am a dinosaur moron because I can never remember what the “realâ€ name is for a brontosaurus.
Oh, oh, oh. And when I was growing up, there were 9 planets (and for a short while there were 10) but now there are only 8 and children the world over will now forever wonder exactly what My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine of.
Then, there is that little story we learned in school about this guy named Newton (who did not make cookies, for the record) and an apple and gravity. Yeah, that’s not quite right either. The thing that confuses me is that that theory was replaced by one from Einstein decades ago but that cute little story still gets told to children ad nauseum.
Have you guessed where I am going with this?Â Did you look at the calendar today?Â It is THAT day. Earth Day. You know, apparently one day of the year we are suppose to consider our carbonite footprint and run around like headless chickens squawking that the world is going to end – but not before we calmly but fashionably drive to a Starbucks to buy a (Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Organic Double-Shot Extra Hot With Foam Double Blended, One Sweet’N Low and One Nutrasweet) coffee in a disposable but recycled cup. One cannot face the end times without being properly caffeinated.
This is my annual Earth Day rant.
This year, my theme is to remind people that climate change is a THEORY. That is not to say that the theory is wrong, but to take into consideration that the theory may not be right, or that only parts of it may be right (and yes, maybe even all of it may be right). But just remember that it is a theory — a scientific best guess based on the facts at hand. Scientific theories are disproven often and are tweaked almost continually.
It bothers me that those who even question (that is not even to say they disagree, just saying “hey guys, have you considered…â€) Â the theory of climate change in the scientific community are often called unprofessional and can even be blacklisted. In today’s political and scientific environment, even if a scientist did come up with data that would possibly go against the theory of climate change, that scientist would have to be a brave, brave person to even consider putting her career on the line over this matter. That is not good science.
This kind of militant adhering to one view is dangerous. What if we are wrong? What if it is not climate change as we thought or what if climate change is caused by something else, something else we could have changed or stopped? Science is based on continually examining what we hold to be true and redefining — and then discussing that in a calm and professional manner.
This is also not to say that we shouldn’t be aware of and reduce our consumption. Â I have outlined many times before in my rants why, with or without climate change, we should be curbing our consumption.
This Sweetest Day equivalent of an environmental holiday is not helpful. Buying green is still buying and buying is still consumption.
All I ask is that today you consider that there may be more or less to this theory than we thought. What I ask of you tomorrow (and the day after that and the day after that and so on) is that you remember that we don’t live on this planet alone. You shouldn’t need a day to remember that.