I’m hearing more and more from people in person and from articles on the internet that global warming is a religion. This really shows a lack of understanding of what global warming and religion are. “Global Warming is the increase in the average temperature of Earth‘s near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation.” – Wikipedia. It is an absolute fact, without question, that can be shown from multiple sources. that the mean temperature of the earth is increasing.
Merriam-Webster’s defines religion as “…the belief in a god or in a group of gods… 2 : an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods… commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance…” Religion is synonymous with faith, with faith being the belief in something without proof.
Since faith is the belief in something without proof and global warming has ample proof then global warming does not equal (!=) religion. On the contrary, the disbelief in global warming is generally held by individuals due that there social-political (conservative/the right) beliefs despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Some, including myself, could argue that disbelief in global warming is a religion, because it has no proof.
The question if the global warming phenomenon is caused my man is called anthropization and is really a different subject but popular scientific consensus is that global warming is caused by man made activities. Most people that deny the existence of global warming also deny the existence of man-made/anthropogenic global warming. This is not a huge surprise, but it really saddens me because these people choose to disbelieve in something that most don’t fully understand and discount the scientists that, for the most part, are a lot smarter and are experts in this field then they are because of their social-political and dogmatic beliefs.
As you can see I included a lot of references as to give proof the above statements.
More research indicates global warming is real.
- IPCC (2007-05-04). “Summary for Policymakers” (PDF). Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Retrieved 2009-07-03
- Begley, Sharon (2007-08-13). “The Truth About Denial”. Newsweek. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
- Adams, David (2006-09-20). “Royal Society tells Exxon: stop funding climate change denial”. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- “Exxon cuts ties to global warming skeptics”. MSNBC. 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2007-05-02.
- Sandell, Clayton (2007-01-03). “Report: Big Money Confusing Public on Global Warming”. ABC. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- Oreskes, Naomi (December 2004). “BEYOND THE IVORY TOWER: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change”. Science 306 (5702): 1686. doi:10.1126/science.1103618. PMID 15576594. “Such statements suggest that there might be substantive disagreement in the scientific community about the reality of anthropogenic climate change. This is not the case. […] Politicians, economists, journalists, and others may have the impression of confusion, disagreement, or discord among climate scientists, but that impression is incorrect.”
- “Joint Science Academies’ Statement” (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-09.
- “Understanding and Responding to Climate Change” (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-09.