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5 Ways To Talk With Conservatives About Climate Change

5 Ways To Talk With Conservatives About Climate Change

Written by†Laura Michelle Burns

In†a survey by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, of 726 Republicans or Republican-leaning Independents, it was found that a slim majority of the participants (52%) believe that climate change is real. As a Conservative Republican, this statistic saddens me because it†reinforces†the historical stereotype that the GOP embraces the theory of reflexive oppositionĖ or they simply ignore the reality of environmental problems.

This denial isnít because Republicans canít see the chaotic impact of climate change. They live in areas directly affected by the ravages of climate change just like their counterparts do. Our changing climate is†amplifying what has been happening for a long time, as exemplified by tornado season. Tornadoes cycle through the Midwest†every year. However, in recent years, the season has lead to an increasing amount of tragedy in the red states of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas and†Oklahoma. In fact, just this week tornadoes touched down in†Oklahoma and Kansas,†leaving behind death, destruction and heartbreak.

What do you do if youíre a Conservative concerned about the environment? How do you talk to your friends and family about your convictions when they donít see eye to eye with you?

First of all, we must understand that all people want clean air and water, they are just unsure of how to get thereÖand how we got there in the first place! As concerned Conservatives, itís our job and a joy to educate our peers about climate change.

5 Ways To Talk About Climate Change With Conservative Republicans:

1. Climate change is real and itís happening now. Itís happening all over the world and the poorest people are the ones who are suffering the most. If Conservatives,†especially†those of the religious persuasion, truly care for their neighbors, climate change should be high on their list of priorities.

2. There are many causes that Conservatives can support, but caring for the environment envelops three of the key foundational†tenants†of this movement: trans-generational loyalty, the need for home, and the priority of local†economy.

3. Even though most Conservatives believe in God as the omnipotent designer of the Earth, it is important to note that as humans, we have the power to make our own choices. Believing in climate change isnít an insult to God,†itís an acknowledgment of responsibility!

4. By replacing our energy sources with†clean energy, we can reduce the human impact of climate change and therefore reduce the burden on the environment. Being good stewards of the Earth is a motto taught in Sunday School, and it doesnít end when you walk out the doors of the church.

5. And finally, teach your friends and family about conserving the environment. Start small with your children, capitalizing on their curiosity about the world around them.†Moms Clean Air Force provides all the important resources to help you arm yourself with the facts and teach your family to stand up to skeptics and climate change deniers!

 

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    4:27PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

    Thanks

    10:55AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

    my family simply says its all a lie to make money off suckers -_- bc religion isn't or something.

    8:25AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

    thanks for sharing

    2:14AM PDT on May 29, 2013

    OK, however;
    "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience"
    (Mark Twain)

    9:16PM PDT on May 27, 2013

    Ty

    10:32AM PDT on May 24, 2013

    The problem with waiting for the market is the market will NEVER convert unti they can make just as much money on the new tech….which may never happen. Profit can not be the only reason we do something.

    8:45AM PDT on May 24, 2013

    Excuse me, I meant Tesla turned a profit for the first time, and paid off it's loan 9 years early. The Tesla model S is expensive at over $50,000 dollars, but it can go 160 miles and out perform most gas cars at o to 60 mph.

    8:42AM PDT on May 24, 2013

    Thanks for sharing!

    8:40AM PDT on May 24, 2013

    I agree that we cannot be to pushy with renewable energy, but we can make the wind production tax credit permanent like oil, coal, and natural gas. We have spent billions subsidizing dirty fossil fuels for 100years, and now we need to spend that money on clean wind, solar, and geothermal power as well as the electric car. Years turned a profit for the first time, and paid off it's loan 9 years early. Electric cars are expensive now and lack range for long distances, but most people drive less than 40 miles a day, and so the Nissan Leaf is enough for most people.

    7:14AM PDT on May 24, 2013

    I agree that alternative energy is a good thing, but to FORCE transition rarely ever results in positive action. Again the unintended consequences, as mentioned, among others, at the hands of DC market manipulation most often distorting the purpose and the implementation gets politicized and the gets lost in a bureaucracy that fails to deliver as promised.

    Let technology advance, let the market drive conversion when it is time to migrate to these new technologies. I am not a fan of big oil, as they have been robbing us blind over the years, but I realize that as for alternatives, we need to continue to pursue them and implement them as they become VIABLE alternatives.

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