Water Up To The Statue Of Liberty’s Elbow

In recent weeks, it’s been descriptions of what is projected to happen to my beloved home, New York City, that have really helped me to understand the threat of climate change in a way that hits home with me. In this context, Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s interview about climate denialism, creationism, and the religious and political barriers to getting people to accept scientific truths was right up my alley.

Personally, I think one of the most valuable strategies that we can employ in getting people to understand the potential devastation of climate change is to tailor messaging about its impacts locally. Have a website where you can search any location in the world and read about threats to it. Have local organizations and media created tailored to the specific threats in each particular place. It has to hit home with people exactly what is at stake.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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