When I was in school, if you didn’t believe in science, you got an F. We learned that science is fact-based. It doesn’t care about your opinion, religion or politics.
The only thing that can refute science is…better science.
Perhaps this coronavirus nightmare will be the tipping point that elevates our respect for science. This disease has been an undeniable wake-up call for the deniers, anti-vaxxers and flat-earthers who’ve buried their heads. It’s time we move forward – with or with without them.
Here’s My Take.
There may be a silver lining in this virus outbreak. Armed with data-driven models, scientists predicted exactly how it would spread and how to avoid infection. Facing devastating consequences, they developed a plan to quarantine, test and treat the virus. And it’s working.
Now, let’s see how fast deniers become believers when they need the vaccine!
It’s time we trust the climate scientists to take the wheel. For years, they’ve warned about the damage being done to our atmosphere. And now we have irrefutable proof. Satellite images already show a dramatic reduction in pollution. Or, just step outside and notice how much farther you can see when the air is clean.
Recently, a global study revealed peoples’ attitudes toward climate change. Turns out that 20% of Americans aren’t convinced that climate change is affected by human behavior. When it comes to trusting science, the U.S. ranked last among 28 developed countries.
Now that we’ve seen the bottom, let scientists lead the charge forward, unhindered by ignorance.
It seems fitting to close with a quote from Greta Thunberg, “Act as if the house was on fire, because it is”.