Rampant denial of humanity’s contribution to climate change explains why I’ve been called an “eco-clown” and “nutstoponder”. Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma can toss a snowball across the Senate floor, declaring “God is still up there, and He promised to maintain the seasons and that cold and heat would never cease as long as the earth remains, the arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous,” and I’m the delusional nutter taking exception to Wisconsin Koch puppet Scott Walker “scrubbing” public Natural Resource websites of references to man made climate change. We’re asked to believe Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA will restore American greatness, and I’m the nutter.
Links to refresh your memory –
Still in denial? Ponder these short videos –
Today, July 20 marks anniversaries of two cosmic milestones. The 40th anniversary of Viking 1’s historic first landing on Mars, 47 years to the day since Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed Apollo 11 on the Moon. Apollo 11 served the Sea of Tranquility to wide eyed witnesses of science eclipsing fiction. In my life nothing technology has to offer comes close to emotions evoked by the dawn of space exploration. I consider every modern marvel a product of humanity’s quest to unravel our universe.
The world watched on television as Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. It was the first time humans walked another world. As he stepped onto the lunar surface, Armstrong said, “That is one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
View full image. | First photograph ever taken from Mars’ surface, by Viking 1 shortly after it landed on July 20, 1976. One of the lander’s footpads is seen at the lower right. Image via NASA.
For the next three and a half minutes ponder The Most Astounding Fact by Neil deGrasse Tyson –
Neil deGrasse Tyson has to be my favorite astrophysicist. Had I traveled Tyson’s path, (bachelor degree in physics from Harvard, master’s degree in astronomy from University of Texas, and doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia ) I too would dedicate my life to making science accessible. Tyson embodies joy, enthusiasm and purpose – his undeniable presence worthy of the National Academy of Science 2015 Public Welfare Medal for “his extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science”.
Anyone who watches PBS or the Discovery channel likely recognize Tyson – host of last year’s revamp of Carl Sagan series Cosmos, the PBS NOVA series ScienceNow, or his podcast turned television series, Star Talk.
Ponder a few video clips of Tyson – straight talking, unapologetic snippets from a man I admire.