Thank you for your suggestion. I struggled with changing it to 'No silver bullets, lots of silver buckshot' - Bill McKibben. Or, 'No silver bullet but numerous silver buckshot.' In the end, I dropped Bill McKibben's name from the title and went with your suggestion, I think it looks much better now. Thanks for challenging me on this. I am very proud of this bite now. May it turn into buckshot and change the world!
Thank you for posting this response. No, I would not use that statement with someone who is very dismissive or doubtful about climate change. It would backfire and make them feel defensive to make such a strong statement. The key with interacting with contrarians is to be likable, let them feel like you are genuinely listening to them, but hold your ground (disagree without being disagreeable).
However, I thought that statement was hilarious when I heard Bill Maher say it on youtube. It made me laugh and it may inspire another activist to laugh and take action also. It could be effective with someone who is undecided or cautious about climate change, and genuinely wants to know my response to statements that climate change is not real.
Again, the key that you, me, Tom, and others are aiming: know your audience. What works for one group may not work for another. The key is having enough tools (or soundbites) in your toolbox to rise up to the challenge.
Thanks for your perspective. May we keep challenging and cheering each other on to write better bites.
I was arguing these items over 20 years ago back in college and I found myself increasingly at odds with other Republican conservatives. After all these years, I still wonder who are the true conservatives.
Your quote reminded me of what Dr. Stephen Schneider said at his Climate One lecture in San Francisco in November, 2009. He actually spoke at length about this quite eloquently. He said things like, if one does not think they make a difference (with resovling climate change), then one must also ask, 'Why pay taxes and why vote? Everyone must do their due dilligence.'
He also said, 'My students will often ask me, 'What can I do because I cannot negiotate with the Chinese (about carbon emissions)? Well there is a lot you can do. You can turn of the lights and your computer when you are not using it. You can organize with other students. You can write your representative. You can educate yourself to have a good answer so when Uncle Joe quotes that paper publishing scientific expert, Rush Limbaugh.
He also had other quotes related to this also. Thanks for reminding us that we do not have to be the solution, but we do have to try to be part of the solution.
He was also quoted as saying, "I am not afraid of death, I just do not want to be there when it happens." I think this quote would be great for those of us who are alarmed about climate change. We worry about the nasty consequences of society endlessly emitting CO2 into the atmosphere, but we do not want to be there if we reach the point of no return. Therefore, if we truly our alarmed about climate change, we should do everything we can to educate others, inspired them to make changes, whiile we make changes reducing our carbon in our own lives also.
"one-sided skeptic" is about the best I've seen so far. ( See the longer discussion in the blog post with the same headline.)
On the other hand, it can very intimidating for me to engage people on the subject of climate change. The fear that they will cut down my position, subject can be so daunting and somber, and my hesitation that I will not reach them effectively. However, a quote from Jerry Seinfeld gives me hope. He once said, "In comedy, unfortunately, sometimes people get hurt, but you still have to try anyway."
As we exchange ideas fellow climate change communicators, it is important that we keep giving each other hope and encouragement. We can get scared talking about climate change and our audience can easily slip into denial because the subject scares them also. Keep the Faith! Thank you for creating Climate Bites as a place for hope and positive inspiration for communicating climate change.
Yeah, real cute. Except for the guy who has to clean up the mess they leave behind! :) At home, it's usually Dad (yours truly). With Exxon's messes, all of us pay the price.
I like to say that we are driving in a fog on a slick road towards a brick wall. We are going to face some changes with climate change. We have pumped way too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The prudent thing to do is to slow down the car enough to hit the wall at 10 mph, instead of 70 mph.
By the way, one time my car was in neutral inside a garage in park service housing. Some maintenance guys came to work on the house. When they opened up the garage, my car rolled out and crossed the street to hit a snow back. Since it was a flat surface and my car was probably traveling at 1 to 5 mph very hour and the snowbank was soft. The car was totally fine. I got lucky. If we all continue business as usual with climate change, none of us will probably be as lucky.
Thanks for posting this.
I once read a quote by the Rev. Billy Graham that "It is not right to destroy the world God has given us. He has created everything; for the Bible says, "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven" (Acts 17:24). To drive to extinction something God created is wrong, for He has a purpose for everything... We Christians have a responsibility to take the lead in caring for the earth."
Climate change is also a moral issue to how we interact with God, his creation, and our care for future generations. Thanks for posting this.
Have you ever heard someone actually say: 'I hate government regulation, therefore global warming is a hoax,'? Just curious because I have not so far. However, I liked how you then go on to elaborate: "It is akin to saying 'I hate vaccines, therefore the flu cannot possibly be real.'" Great point.
You do make an interesting point that I have also noticed, "The most vociferous hostility to climate science comes from those who abhor any government regulation, and even view climate change as a plot to expand government control."
"But instead of just attacking proposed solutions, they instead try to deny that the problem even exists." This reminds me of an earlier bite that "Denial is not just a river in Egypt." Overall, very good Climate Bite.
The image is effectively scary also of the overly pumped up iron man.
You have me curious to learn more about Dr. Gerald Meehl, Sr. Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
Hopefully, you will not groan too loud if I had : You won't be 'a girly man' if you do admit to friends that climate change is real and presently caused by humans.