Global warming is a hot topic (no pun intended, or was it?) in politics, media, and social circles all over the US. I don’t typically throw my snow cap into the arena on this subject because it’s not something I get hot about either way (pun definitely intended), however while I was driving around for hours yesterday (sorry, earth), I came up with an interesting proposition concerning global warming and evolution. The reason I paired those together is because the folks I’ve seen most concerned about global warming are probably also believers in evolution. Lovers of science, they are! But before we get into it, let’s start with one reason why folks care about global warming. The continuation of life for mankind, right? Basically we don’t want to go the way of the flightless dodo bird.
Become extinct? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Here’s what I’m getting at: I find it difficult for anyone to believe in evolution and also worry about global warming. Why? Because evolution in it’s most simplest form is the process of adapting. For instance, adapting to things like… global warming! Humans have evolved over millions of years, they say, so why would we stop evolving now? Wouldn’t mankind be able to adapt to the changing climate, as mankind has done for millions of years? Especially since the rate of change is extremely slow. Nasa shows that the temperature has risen a bit less than 2 degrees in about 135 years. Surely generations would progressively change over the course of years and decades, right?
So why are people vocal about global warming these days? Well, people like to argue.
People want to fight. I think that’s really what’s at the heart of most of these protests and rallies (whether it’s about Trump, or about science (yes, there were rallies about science recently!)). And before you get onto me about using parenthesis inside of parenthesis, I’ll go ahead and say, yeah I just did that. Wanna fight about it?? 🙂
Then there’s science. It’s my belief (until someone enlightens me) that all those science rally supporters can’t have their cake and eat it, too. Either evolution is real, in which case they’d believe mankind would be able to adapt to global warming; or global warming ending the human race is real, in which case they’d have to resolve within themselves that maybe mankind can’t adapt and evolve so maybe evolution isn’t a thing.
Evolution and global warming are not two soapboxes one person can stand on.
Anyway, I’m no scientist, but I think I’m on to something here. Feel free to enlighten me if you care and have the time! *Picking up my snow cap now from the middle of the arena*
-Out of the Wilderness