I 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!