As more and more scientific evidence is presented to lend credence to environmental concerns related to global warming, the only possible route to changing the disastrous course upon which we find ourselves is to take steps toward creating a more unified and stronger policy of governance. Environmental concerns are, when it comes down to it, as much equal parts psychology and emotion as they are empirically proved evidence.
This divergence can be proven by the wide divide between those who accept that global warming is not a myth and those who refuse to believe there is any reality whatever to what they view as a pack of lies being spread by a bunch of Chicken Little sky-is-falling nancy boys. Looked at logically from the empirical scientific evidence, it takes a huge helping of denial to reject out of hand that global warming is liberal fabrication cooked up by radicals who want nothing more than to put Exxon out of business. Those shocking images of shrinking glaciers and melting ice caps weren’t done with CGI, people. That technology isn’t that advanced quite yet.
And yet those of a certain ideological bent insist on denying the evidence just as obviously as that madman over in Iran insists on denying evidence of the Holocaust. And those followers of those leaders of that ideology follow in goosestep belief. Clearly, then, perception of seemingly scientifically proven facts can be just as convincing as the fact itself.
The legitimizing effect of scientific evidence, however, has always eventually resulted in majority acceptance of truths. We no longer consider epileptics to be possessed by the devil. The majority of the world-if not America-believes that the Earth is far more than 6,000 years old. The fact that so many Americans insist on holding to the creationist view of the age of Earth points up to how strong emotional belief can be even in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence. Well beyond the point at which it had been proven, there were still those who accepted either that the earth was flat or that the sun revolved around it. The existence of the Flat Earth Society proves that even a statistically insignificant amount still believe that the earth is not around today.
Legitimacy takes time, but that is the one thing that history never catches up to. In order for full scale environmental governance to take effect, it will require enough time that the evidence can no longer seriously be questioned for whatever reason. Unfortunately, by the time that happens, it will be far too late to do anything about it. Perhaps the most vital need today for implementing global environmental governance, therefore, is the replacement of those leaders most in charge of instituting environmental policy with leaders who fully grasp both the importance of the issue and validity of the evidence.
For the President of the United States to conduct environmental policy that questions global warming in the face of overwhelming evidence is an obstacle that cannot be overcome any other way. There is simply no manner in which to convince someone in such a state of denial of the obvious as President Bush. He and people like him formed their opinions on every subject right around the time hair began to appear on their nether regions and those opinions have never changed, even when confronted with volumes of evidence to the contrary. Pres. Bush and those of his ilk refer to this as character; I prefer to think of it terms of one of my favorite lyrics from a New Order song: “A thought that never changes remains a stupid lie.”
In addition, environmental concerns will never be adequately addressed as long as policy is being made by politicians who have an interest in corporate concerns. Big business will not address environmental concerns until they are pushed to the wall, stripped naked and made to feel the cold steel of a truth rod up their ass. To have politicians who receive campaign contributions making the laws that serve to benefit these corporate interests also be in charge of laws regarding environmental concerns is simply madness.