There is a larger question I have regarding the mission of this site - that is; what exactly can we do in our communities to affect change, in peaceful and reasonable ways?
(perhaps a series of questions, that may be an ontology-knowledge-base- of our greater "reason-based" mission)
what are our priorities? It seems to me that there is no greater priority than the climate change issue. Consider the government policy that seems to be headed straight towards the very abyss -to which we have been warned of, by 3,500 world reknowned scientists, the college of physicians for most global nations, trade zones, and leading journalists, famous for their integrity, and scientific-based, and rigourous academic standards -like ----http://www.monbiot.com/2013/06/21/pistols-at-dawn/
Noam Chomsky and the rest of the journalists at Zmag and Znet. Contrary to the mainstream media definition of left/right modalities, as a Zmag supporter and reader - I support free enterprise, democracy, though it is clear we require a "responsible capitalism" like Ray Anderson's(RIP), company Interface, that is the benchmark.
zmag has existed for many years and is source of scientific and reason-based analysis and journalism, please consider donating to them,as they are really suffering from a lack of public funding right now.
I have investigated the climate issue for 20years, as an activist for the three Rs, and unfortunately the jury has come back with disturbing facts. Though it is easy to argue against the science -http://www.skepticalscience.com/paterson-on-climate.html
the truth is that we have real issues, and if we are lucky enough to avoid the consequences for a few more decades, it will probably "dramatically increase" the effects of pollution in general, because people actually believe these "idealogical" and non-scientific arguments.
The fact remains that poltical movements, actions and the general "existenz" of the world, a whole lotta conflict and strife, if you look at the world-at-large, are directly impacted and interconnected with environmental issues. The main point of "climate science" is to attempt to avoid suffering, conflict, eco-systems breakdown, and ultimatley human death. It is a just, coherent and scientific effort, focused on "preventive solutions" that will save humanity a huge amount of "costs", in money and life.
Can there really be a costing, assigned to human life? isn't this what we free thinkers hold so sacred?
There are no citations here, as I believe most of these issues are reaching that sense-level, of the almost, "a priori", we know this is real, what are going to do about it. Regardless, my position is open, and will provide citations as is required. There are links, and there is lots of info out there, in the end we must all "do the science".
I am reviewing this site, and trying to find the threads, which define the atheists position -mostly in the form of the Sartian postulate - that paraphrased, "if a single person does something, then it isn't consquential, yet it is this pattern of Bad Faith, which creates the repetitive Meta-function that gives us the great garbage patches in the ONE OCEAN"
350,org is doing a good job at showing how we are all invested in the carbon economy, and how we must all change, and DIVEST, if we can change this carbon-machine, and save our planet.