In part as a response to the recent challenge set by an editorial in the journal Nature (see quotation below), I am endeavouring, as a scientist working in a climate related research field, to present my own personal perspective on various overlapping interests. I do not want to jump directly into the highly charged climate-change shouting match, but hope to shed some light by skirting around some of the connected and not so connected issues in a somewhat unique manner. I intend to come at this from a faith perspective, as a practicing Christian, and someone who has a deep fascination with the Bible. Lets see how it evolves.
“… No matter how evident climate change becomes, however, other factors will ultimately determine whether the public accepts the facts. Empirical evidence shows that people tend to react to reports on issues such as climate change according to their personal values. Those who favour individualism over egalitarianism are more likely to reject evidence of climate change and calls to restrict emissions. And the messenger matters perhaps just as much as the message. People have more trust in experts — and scientists — when they sense that the speaker shares their values. The climate-research community would thus do well to use a diverse set of voices, from different backgrounds, when communicating with policy-makers and the public. And scientists should be careful not to disparage those on the other side of a debate: a respectful tone makes it easier for people to change their minds if they share something in common with that other side. …”
Nature 463, 269 (21 January 2010) | doi:10.1038/463269a; Published online 20 January 2010