For the issue of climate change, many organizations are involved with its understanding. These would include numerous educational institutions that would include San Francisco State as well as others like the University of Arizona. Government is also involved with the research such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, due to the purpose of studying the environment and the people they affect. The Native American activist groups include the Indigenous Environmental Network as well as others. These groups walk in protest and call to activism with groups such as 350.org and Sierra Club to end land destruction on their lands for energy that is also destroying everyone’s environment. Universities such as our own have programs and courses that look into the environment and what is happening to our Earth. Our universities use data that has been collected by universities with field research as well as governmental bodies such as the EPA and NASA. These courses, and hopefully more to come, will educate the population that could be incorporated with their interests and collaborate to find solutions to our current problem. Other organizations such as the Indigenous Environmental Network and 350.org look at the data to form their arguments and beliefs. I find that NASA is a great tool to use for the issue that my blog posts will look into because they use top of the line equipment and science to show how the environment is changing, as well as scientifically understand what Native people have theorized for generations. The data that NASA collects helps establish the talking points that many in this world want answers and changes to. Yet scientist findings are at risk by those with power in our society, regardless of the respect of individuals or organizations.
Opposition to the effects of climate change would include the fossil fuel industry. The fossil fuel industry has enormous power economically and politically since humans rely on their product to keep our economies and lives moving. They have spent money to disagree with scientific claims, mimicking what the Big Tobacco companies continue to do to promote their product. Big Tobacco companies would throw money at their own “scientists” to tell the public that cigarettes are safe, much like the energy companies’ washing money to their “scientists” that they have minimal if no effect on the environment. This lobbying effort targets the Republican Party and other conservative outlets, such as Fox News, to promote their agendas and disprove science. One Republican Representative of Arizona, Paul Gusar, called out the Pope for his concerns toward the issue of climate change stating that the Pope is acting “like a leftist politician.” Though Gusar is a Catholic himself, his unwillingness to listen to his holiness and scientists are being bought out by the corporations that do not want change.
Though a majority of the money being spent on either side of the issue are the corporations, activist groups such as 350.org raise their own money to lobby government and establish permits to march. The corporations spend their money to corrupt our ways of thinking in the media to conform to their agendas, while keeping politicians in their pocket by lowering taxes and regulations. Activist organizations raise their money to do similar actions, yet have the political and social will to make changes in policy to better mankind. They do this politically organizing and demonstrating while also spreading the word of scientific data to many young youth and open minded individuals to start making a change in government and social ideologies.
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