The “Real” Greatest Threats to Public Health
Scientists have many different theories when it comes to the notion of global warming. Some believe it is the duty of men and women of society today to “fix”, while others simply choose to overlook the problem that is apparently threatening the public. Many men and women jump on the bandwagon of these few theories without actually stopping to recognize that it is not purely black and white. According to Indur Goklany “on the basis of current evidence, it is difficult to sustain the notion that climate change is the greatest threat to public health or the environment today.” While climate change does threaten the environment, Goklany is right that it is not the greatest threat to public health, as it is proven that climate change has little to nothing to do with public health issues such as disease, natural disaster, and rising sea level.
Al gore wrote a speech called The Climate Emergency. In his speech he defines the so-called effects of climate change on the environment and society today and in the future. Al Gore introduces this urgency by explaining that “the Arctic ice cap has thinned by 40 percent in the last 40 years. Let me repeat that. Listen to that number. The Arctic ice cap has thinned 40 percent in 40 years. Within 50 years it may be entirely gone” (Gore, 920). The average reader is able to conclude here that the Arctic ice caps are thinning by about one percent every year, a shocking amount. Gore’s essay argues that this climate change will lead to the melting of the ice caps, the melting of the ice caps will lead to a rising seal level, and a rising seal level will ultimately lead
to the consummation of the land we call home, along with the home many animals of the Arctic live on. While it is true that the ice caps are melting, it can’t be proven that it is entirely due to climate change, nor is it the most important thing that threatens the general safety and security of the public....