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.[1][2][3][4] 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…”[5] Religion is synonymous with faith, with faith being the belief in something without proof.[6]

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.[7][8][9][10] 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[11] and is really a different subject but popular scientific consensus is that global warming is caused by man made activities.[12][13][14] 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.

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*Update*

More research indicates global warming is real.

 

References

  1. http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/
  2. http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/
  3. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=42392
  4. 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
  5. http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/religion
  6. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faith
  7. Begley, Sharon (2007-08-13). “The Truth About Denial”. Newsweek. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
  8. Adams, David (2006-09-20). “Royal Society tells Exxon: stop funding climate change denial”. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  9. “Exxon cuts ties to global warming skeptics”. MSNBC. 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2007-05-02.
  10. Sandell, Clayton (2007-01-03). “Report: Big Money Confusing Public on Global Warming”. ABC. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
  11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropogenic
  12. 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.”
  13. “Joint Science Academies’ Statement” (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-09.
  14. “Understanding and Responding to Climate Change” (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-09.