Let’s talk about climate change differently

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Opinion

June 17, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Today, I would like to speak with you about climate change. It’s all right; I come in peace. Before you stop reading, I won’t be discussing statistics, using guilt or inciting controversy. 

In America, the debate surrounding climate change has become far too divisive. The mainstream media and its pundits have used the topic as a battleground in our culture war. Partisan vilification of people on both sides has taken the place of nuanced discussions about our role in carbon emissions, global warming, ocean acidification, deforestation, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and weather. 

In past years, our society has depended and relied on traditional media (newspaper, television and radio) for information. Recently, that has shifted as the internet has allowed for more accessible media and information. As of 2016, the Pew Research Center found a majority of people were also getting their news from social media. This finding was underscored by Russian election meddling, which utilized Facebook to exploit the political division in our country. 

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