This morning's exercise in photography - trying to capture the beauty of a world encased in ice - provided a philosophical lesson as well as an artistic one: sometimes the only way to see the real truth of a situation is to look directly into the light.
Moving from ice storms to a broader view of life, this metaphor works well for a "controversial" issue facing our society today: climate change. Truly, there is no scientific controversy concerning this issue. The scientific community is shining the light of their research and knowledge, showing us the reality of climate change. However, too many people are turning away from the information the scientists are providing because it hurts - and, truthfully, it's pretty scary too.
Looking away from the sun this morning, I could hardly tell this wasn't a perfect spring morning but, looking towards the light of the day, I could see that there was a hard layer that was affecting everything.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has been addressing the issue of climate change for some time. Here is an article they shared on Facebook this morning, giving a specific example of how the truth about climate change is being hidden for political reasons: What South Carolinians Deserve to Know About Climate Change.
The National Center for Science Education is another group that has picked up the job of getting scientific information about climate change into the public arena. They, too, had a good article that they shared this morning addressing the issue of climate change, A Denver TV Meteorologist...in His Own Words. This article was actually originally posted by The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media.
There are many other groups and individuals trying to share scientific facts, as well as the predictions based upon those facts and upon the best scientific knowledge we currently have about how our Earth's atmosphere works.
There are also those groups and individuals who are afraid they will lose a great deal of economic and political power if climate change is acknowledged and if, as a country, we start to work to keep the worst of those scientific predictions from occurring. Because these latter folks currently DO have a great deal of economic and political power - and money - their views are getting much more attention than they should.
Too many people are looking away from the light of knowledge, into the "pretty picture" that distorts the reality of the situation.
On this issue, as on so many other issues, be very careful where you get your "knowledge". All information is not created equal. Even if it hurts and is frightening, we all need to look at the world through the best light we have available to us, instead of turning our backs to the truth.