- This blogs for you
- What do you want to see?
- It’s a tool
- Be a part of it
This blogs for you
Well, yes and no. In trying to address the huge amount of misinformation being spread by the Deniers I kept a collection of links, then created a small wiki, and then this blog. So it’s a tool to help educate about the facts when responding to Denierism, but a tool anyone and everyone can use.
Seriously – what topics should I cover? Bearing in mind that the goal of this blog is to educate about the misinformation that has gotten popular circulation, are there particular topics you would find useful to have covered? either because you are uncertain about the science, or you would just like a place you can link people to for explanations.
You may have noticed that I have added several pages related to Denierism and climate science (top). I have a long way to go before I am satisified, but at least it has been started. My hope is that you will find these useful in finding the facts that you need or want.
In the meantime how should this site be organized? what else would be useful? I am trying to provide something that you will find helpful in your own efforts to educate about climate change, particularly to refute Denierism. What would help?
It’s a tool
Or at least it’s meant to be. There are a quite number of really good people out there trying to achieve the same goals as I am. Check my Blogroll and pretty much any thread on climate on any of the social networks to see them. In conjunction with the RealClimate Wiki, the debunking sites (“Debunking Nonsense” at right) and the excellent work of the people I cite, I hope this blog is a contribution to their efforts.
Unfortunately it is still badly needed. Just have a look at many of the comments on my last post at digg.com. Notice how none of the Denier comments have anything to do with the actual post? They are their standard misinformation talking points that they make on every climate discussion on any site.
I have been trying to help with the RealClimate Wiki as well, and now that RealClimate has added it to their banner it is improving quickly. Quite a number of good people trying to correct the disinformation, but not enough. We need more people responding to the disinformation.
When you can, respond to Denierism with an appropriate link from the RealClimate Wiki, any of the “Debunking Nonsense” sites (at right) or a link to the appropriate post from this or any other blog. Let’s collectively make “Each one teach one” our mantra. The tools are there, let’s please use them.
Be a part of it
When you can, always challenge Denierism.
Usually a request for evidence plus a post to a climate science education site is all that is needed. The Deniers never have evidence and the science link will be helpful to people who are not sure what to believe. Pick one you like and bookmark it.
Being linked helps a source rise in the search engine rankings. Whenever you find something you like be sure to share it on a social network. Stumble, Twitter, Care2, Facebook etc. Doing this both spreads the word to those you know and helps the good sites to be more prominent.
If you have a blog or site create a climate page. When you like a post, add it to the page. Even if no one ever looks at it (unlikely, but even if…), it will still help that site rise in search engine rankings.
Make suggestions for this blog
Found a good climate education site? Know an issue you don’t know how to respond to? Saw an important climate story that has not been mentioned? Post resources and questions and I will do what I can.
No particular climate science background is required. Someone willing to help with the formatting and backlog would be totally awesome as it would free up the science folks to handle the issues that do require that background.
If you are someone who frequents climate science sites and blogs then please consider getting involved even casusally. Even adding one new entry a week as part of your normal internet activity would be a help. If 10 people were doing that it’s a minimal time commitment on their part, but over 500 extra entries a year.
Guest bloggers are welcome
Regular, occasional or on a one time basis, I welcome guest bloggers who have something to say about Denialism and responding to it. Just let me know if you are interested. Naturally I’d suggest we discuss the topic first, but I am pretty open.
And thank you
To those who have read this, to the folks who have already been making suggestions, providing resources and responding to Deniers in the comments threads. To all of you who care.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 53 … still no evidence.