What’s one of the most insidious myths we’ve bought into, when it comes to climate change?It has nothing to do with the science: it’s the simple idea that we have to be a certain type of person to care about climate change.
If I’m a liberal, if I bike to work and call myself a “tree-hugger,” then of course I care about climate change. But what if I’m conservative, I drive a car, or I worry about the economy—does agreeing with the science of climate change mean I have to change who I am?
When I moved to Texas 10 years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I study climate change, one of the most politicized issues in the entire United States. If we’re serious about it, we have to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. That’s not a popular message in a state best known for its oil and gas.
But Texas surprised me. It surprised me by how many different kinds of people, from oilfield engineers to Christian college students, want to talk about why climate change matters – to us, and to everyone else on this planet. I’ve also been surprised by the questions I get – some about the science, sure; but even more about politics, faith, and other topics near and dear to our hearts.
It gives hope to know that even in Oil World Texas there are plenty of people who care! This reiterates that it’s politicians and the people they play to who are the squeaky wheels.