Just the other day I was walking down the street and talking to a friend on the phone. A large truck chugged past me; I looked up in time to see it was sporting a single bumper sticker that read in big, green letters: "STOP GLOBAL WHINING."
I was so shocked that my mind went numb; I had to apologize to my friend for zoning out of the conversation for a full minute. I just couldn't believe a sticker like that actually existed and that someone would put it on their car.
Normally I'm not one to stir up divisive political discourse or engage in antagonistic finger-pointing, but "stop global whining?" Regardless of your opinion of the cause, it is a fact that the planet's climate pattern is changing. If you need further proof — aside from increasing instances of extreme weather conditions occurring across the globe (excessive droughts, snowpocalypses, wildfires, record high and low tempertaures) — visit NASA's website
for evidence of climate change.
The arguments against the reality of climate change can all be refuted with overwhelming scientific fact.
If climate change isn't real
Let's say, for argument's sake, that Mr. Bumper Sticker is right. Climate change is not threatening our planet or our future generations as human beings, and we're all just a bunch of whiners. (Though I must point out the irony: the bumper sticker's owner is doing a little bit of whining himself.)
Here's the question that I often find myself theoretically asking climate change skeptics: why not act for the good of our planet and children anyway, regardless of what you believe to be true about the rate of our changing climate? Why wouldn't you support the effort to protect our future and the place where we live? What about your kids, your grandkids, your great-grandkids?
When you label yourself with a bumper sticker that proclaims "STOP GLOBAL WHINING," it makes me think that you really don't care about anyone at all — not even yourself.
What to do instead of whining
Maybe a bumper sticker with such language is meant to be taken as "stop whining about global warming and start acting to counter it," in which case, I totally agree! If people are going to "whine" about the problems the planet is facing, they better start doing what they can to fix those problems. (But somehow I don't think this is what the bumper sticker means. I think it is meant to attack people who are concerned with our planet's health and are actively trying to prevent further detriment to the climate because "global warming isn't real.")
And that's when I also have to ask: why attack those people? Fine if you don't believe that the planet is in peril and don't want to pull your weight to help save it (that's up to you; no one is forcing you to do anything), but why condemn others who strive to tread more lightly on the planet? What they're doing isn't harming or offending you; in fact, they're picking up your slack and bettering the world for everyone — including you.
Check out this article
from the Wall Street Journal to read some arguments climate change skeptics make and the responses you can throw back at them (instead of throwing rocks at the next offensive bumper sticker you see, like I wanted to do).