Yet, a rash of new evidence, such as cooling temperatures and Antarctic ice actually growing and not melting, are swaying the opinions of adults. A Gallup poll survey found that only 34 percent of voters believe global warming is a man made. That number is down more than 25 percent from a year earlier. Nearly 50 percent of voters now believe the average temperature change is nothing more than normal planetary trends.
In fact, climatologists say the average temperature decreased in 2008, compared to 2007. However, they warned that 2008 still had a warmer than the average temperature compared to those collected between 1961 and 1990. How much warmer? A whopping .4 degrees Celsius or in other words, less then three quarters of a degree Fahrenheit (for those products of the KCMO school district).
Despite the persistent questions surrounding global warming and calls to ban CO2 from the President, there are very real dangers to our environment. What are those dangers? Let's ask the founder of Earth Day himself.
"The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become ... We have to address the population issue. The United Kingdom, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population. It can be done. But in this country, it's phony to say 'I'm for the environment but not for limiting immigration.'"
According to Time Magazine, illegal immigrants to the U.S. discard thousands of backpacks, plastic bags, trash and soiled clothes, and leave behind "revolting mounds of personal refuse near the border" each year.
Even the Sierra Club, America's most powerful environmental lobby, argued that "overpopulation was a significant factor in the degradation of the environment." In 1988, the organization's Population Committee and Conservation Coordinating Committee went so far as to state that immigration to the U.S. should be limited, so as to achieve population stabilization.
So if one is serious about helping the environment, let's stop scarring kids, get honest about the debate, and actually do something about the very real threat over population poses to our environment.