Climate Change around the Dinner Table

this-shit-is-dopeI come from a primarily blue collar family. My Mom and Dad were the first people in their respective families to graduate college and my immediate family has it pretty well off. But when the cousins and grandparents and aunt and uncles come over for dinner, like they did this past week for thanksgiving, we get a hodgepodge of different professions ranging from construction workers to hairdressers to butchers. Being in college, the views and opinions of people in that work these jobs are usually discounted and their careers are usually looked down upon by my fellow peers. I for one love these family dinners gathering with people of all different ages, professions and world views that have been formed over a longer time than I have been alive for the most part. Family dinner at the Moss household is very different from the echo chamber that many of my college classrooms have become. In class we talk about climate change and how its a terrible thing and what we can do to combat it and we kinda shame and put down the “unnamed” climate change deniers without really looking at the reason why they don’t believe in global warming when the science to prove its existence is there.

While the topic of climate change never came up explicitly, I could totally pick out who was a climate change denier and who was not. Most of the men on my dads side of the family are staunch republicans and about half of the women are republicans as well with the lot of them denying climate change. The remaining three or four people are liberals who really don’t know enough science to have an intelligent conversation on the subject. It seems as if my family kind of just blindly follows the policies of elected officials without reading the science behind climate change. Honestly I don’t blame them, if your not interested in the topic then the science and charts and info is pretty boring. The main problem with having a conversation on climate change is that the science has become politicized. Just like the process of bringing evolution into schools, people weren’t and still aren’t ready to trust the science instead of the words from their elected officials. This makes it increasingly difficult to not only carry a conversation on the subject but on a higher level pass legislation and start making an actual change in what is as President Obama said, “No greater threat to future generations than climate change”. If there was a way for both sides to lay down their shields and overly aggressive tactics to have a bipartisan understanding that climate change is a serious issue that won’t be solved overnight and cutting out fossil fuel jobs immediately isn’t the solution either, we as a human race would be in a much better place moving forward.

My family isn’t doesn’t read a whole lot about science but they do stay informed on whats going on around them. Unfortunately we don’t all believe the same things regarding climate change but we do all believe that Thanksgiving spent with each other is the best!

 

Grant Moss

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3 thoughts on “Climate Change around the Dinner Table

  1. I think that it’s great that your family is at least aware that climate change is existing. You would be surprised with how many people I come across that don’t realize it is even occurring. I, myself, believe in global warming. I think that people who try to deny the fact that global warming is real, kind of are blind to the science aspect of it. I believe that they may need to read more into it! Nice topic.
    -Traci Alig

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  2. I think it is important to see both sides of the argument. That being said, I very much agree with you that science has become politicized. A peer of mine in class said, “The people used to inform and sway the politics, but now the politics are informing the people.” It is unsure of when, why, and how this happened but the best way to be forward would be to be honest. Unfortunately, the world is a dishonest place with other motivations driving people in selfish ways.
    I agree it is important with an issue like climate change to look at the whole picture and see who all is affected. Maybe the best way to deal with it would be a compromise that benefits the most people, environment included. A great benefit of taking this class is that now you could bring up this topic to your family in a non threatening way and challenge their views. People don’t like change, but it is inevitable.

    Annelise Wilimitis

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  3. This is something that really sparked my interest. As college students, we tend to create a sort of clique that has definitely become more of an “echo chamber” than anything else. Now, I’m not denying climate change and its existence, but we have to remember that now everyone shares the same beliefs, and there is always a reason behind a person’s beliefs. Now that being said, it would be great if everyone had some sense of belief or education on climate change, but many people probably won’t take action until crucial damage is done to them individually.

    Andrew Ebding

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