This is one of my favorite cartoons from Joel Pett. He offers a great question, what if it’s all a hoax?
Personally, I do not believe it’s a hoax because the data supports scientists’ claims of man-made climate change. So, I guess it’s not that I “believe,” it’s that the hypothesis has been validated by the vast majority of scientists (around 97%.)
Admiral David Titley expresses the same sentiment in an article I read this morning, “People ask me if I ‘got religion,’” Titley said. “No, I don’t ‘believe in climate change – I’m convinced by the evidence.” Read the article
But to go back to the original cartoon, what if it’s a hoax? Some claim that proactively addressing the issue will ruin the economy, but the World Bank has shown those claims to be untrue and even said that tackling climate change would grow the global economy. Read the article
Furthermore, studies continue to show significant clean energy jobs growth. Our friends at E2 are keeping on top of this. More information
So again, what if it’s a hoax and all of these scientists are wrong? Well, unless you’re the CEO of a fossil-fuel company whose very existence (not to mention multi-million dollar compensation package) is in jeopardy, there’s really not much to complain about:
- Energy independence
- Preserve rainforests
- Green jobs
- Livable cities
- Clean water & air
- Healthy children
- Etc, etc
So let’s focus on the positives, nurture the opportunities and make the world a better place – together.
Peter Krull is President and Founder of Krull & Company, an Asheville, NC-based socially and environmentally responsible investment management firm. For more information, visit www.investwithyourvalues.com