Target: Mike Wilson, Kentucky Senator
Goal: Include climate change education in schools
The Kentucky State Board of Education recently approved teaching climate change in schools with a victorious 8-2 vote. Before becoming official, it must pass the state’s House and Senate committees on education, the latter of which is headed by Mike Wilson, a known climate change denier. Climate Parents, a group formed with the idea that their kids deserve to be taught about climate change, collected 3,700 signatures to pressure the education committee and say they will not relent on the matter. “Our students deserve an up-to-date science education that includes learning about climate change,” notes a ‘Climate Parent.’
Senator Wilson does not deny climate change itself, only the fact it is caused by humans, which he calls a “troubling assumption.” The only thing troubling, really, is his proposed evidence against climate change, which consists of a letter signed by sixteen scientists questioning the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Of all scientific papers written around humans being the cause of accelerated global warming, 97 percent agree that humans are the cause and that it is happening now and will continue to happen lest we take no action. In even simpler terms: 97 percent of climate research papers (written by climate scientists) say yes, it is because of humans.
Sign this petition to inform the new and future generations on what they so desperately need to know about the planet and their contribution to its destruction.
Dear Senator Mike Wilson,
Let me start by noting your evidence against human-propelled climate change as unrealistic and extremely juvenile. An easily digestible and factual report recently flooded news media worldwide on the subject noting 97 percent of climate research papers (written by climate scientists) agree humans are the cause of accelerated global warming. Scientists obviously need to back their claims with concrete evidence, and this consensus among climate scientists must not be ignored or brushed off as some type of inconvenience.
Science achieves a consensus (like the 97 percent consensus) when scientists stop arguing; this happens when the weight of the evidence is too compelling or undeniable. “2012 marks the warmest year on record for the U.S., with the year consisting of a record warm spring, the second warmest summer, the fourth warmest winter, and a warmer than average autumn,” notes climate scientist Jake Crouch. Carbon dioxide has reached the dangerous 400 ppm mark, which is inarguable blatant fact: there is more greenhouse gas in the air.
This increase started with the Industrial Revolution and has only gained dangerous velocity in the past century. Catastrophic events and human extinction are plausible possibilities due to coal and natural gas abuse. As rational adults, citizens and overseers of this beautiful planet, it is our primal duty to educate future generations on what they and their children will have to deal with due to our own ignorance. Keep kids sharp, informed and more intelligent than our generation will ever come to be.
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