It‘s no coincidence if the people who ”do not believe” in #COVID19 also doubt #ClimateChangeIsReal. Both #ConspiracyTheories reject the truth to serve the interests of the few. In Merchants of Doubt, Oreskes & Conway trace the origins of many such theories (1/8). #ClimateCrisis
Research on #CO2 and #climate has been going on for 150 years. Scientists knew from the early 1900s that #carbon release could alter the climate, and started warning decision-makers about the problem from the 1960s. Yet, there was close to no #ClimateAction . Why? (2/8).
Because the scientific community faced a deliberate, organised effort to prevent #ClimateAction . Let us name and shame those who are (ir)responsible: Bill Nierenberg, Fred Seitz, Fred Singer, Tom Schelling, William Nordhaus. #FightClimateInjustice #ClimateChangeHoax (3/8)
First, economists minimised the problem. The #FreeMarket will solve it, they said — we know were this led us. Humanity adapted to changes in climate before, they said — ignoring both the immense suffering involved and the unprecedented scale of *this* #ClimateChange. (4/8).
Then, unethical "scientists" made up false claims, blaming climate change on the sun — an argument that still persists amongst #climate deniers today, but has been discarded by scientists (as shown by @CarbonBrief here: https://www.carbonbrief.org/why-the-sun-is-not-responsible-for-recent-climate-change). #ActNow #ClimateChangeHoax (6/8).
Explainer: Why the sun is not responsible for recent climate change | Carbon Brief
With a total solar eclipse sweeping across North America, everyone is suddenly paying attention to the sun, but does solar activity cause climate change?https://www.carbonbrief.org/why-the-sun-is-not-responsible-for-recent-climate-change
Finally, a concerted, systematic effort was made to cast doubt on climate science, and in particular on @IPCC_CH #ClimateModelling. The objective was to make it appear as if there was doubts where there was none — and it worked. #ClimateChangeIsReal #ClimateChangeHoax (6/8).
The mass media became complicit of such discourses. For years, #climatechange was portrayed as a controversy amongst scientists — which it never was. Today, media silence perpetuates the lack of awareness about the #ClimateCrisis . https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1308812842469150720 (7/8). @EndClimtSilence