Okay, let me start by saying that I am not here to advocate for, or argue against the validity of global warming science. I’m hardly an expert. I do have my opinions, but they are not the focus of this post.
What I want to do is offer a little advice for those who argue that global warming is real and poses a serious threat to our world.
I cannot fathom how the international bodies that gather to discuss global warming, and formulate strategies to address it, seem to have this knack for picking locations that get buried in snow and ice.
Within the last couple of years, global warming meetings have been impacted by cold weather in Denmark, Minnesota and Washington, DC (that I know of) – and all of these sessions were scheduled in winter. The headlines from these events have only caused sneers from naysayers and cast doubt on the validity of global warming science.
When the U.S. Senate’s Web site posts a news item that reads, “Global Warming Summit Cancelled Due To Snow,” which happened recently, you can bet it’s a headline that has already circled the globe via the Internet … many times and to the great delight of naysayers.
Since we know we cannot control the weather, and we know that it is more likely that snow and ice will happen in winter, and we know that upper northern and lower southern latitudes are much more likely to have snow and ice in winter; I suggest considering different locations at different times of the year!
Yeah, I know, it’s hardly a brilliant concept … but c’mon guys, it’s not rocket science for crying out loud! For all of your advanced intellect, didn’t the time and location ever occur to anyone as perhaps posing a risk to credibility?
How about scheduling a global warming summit in the tropics or in a desert in the summer. Cancun, Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona come to mind as places that are reliably and uncomfortably warm in the summer. At least you could point your sweat drenched fingers to a thermometer while wiping your brow to accentuate the point.
Right now we’re looking at icicles and Frosty the Snowman in locales of global warming summits. I don’t care how much you try to convince people that the ice and snow are a result of global warming, those images are a total disconnect.
For public perception, remember this: summertime meetings and the closer to the equator the better.