How to talk to a climate change skeptic April 1, 2010Posted by Dr. O in Climate Change, Environment/Conservation, Policy, Science & Culture, Science Education.
A lot of students have asked me how to effectively and intelligently communicate with a climate change/human-induced global warming skeptic.
I realize that I have been at this science career thing longer than most of you students so in a way, yes, it is easier for me to “argue” on a different level over a variety of scientific results. As a scientist, it’s our job to think critically, analyze effectively, and yes…be skeptical. But we must also be balanced AND properly interpret the data. Hopefully ALL those papers I make you write and ALL that literature I make you read is helping YOU to also think critically and interpret science effectively.
But everyone can use a cheat sheet now and then…
Our local Hoosier Environmental Council put out a neat link to an article which has a “point and click” menu of points on which one can educate themselves on the main arguments climate change skeptics use…and why their arguments don’t stand up scientifically.
Check it out.