Naomi Klein self-educated on climate change / global warming / ocean acidification some years ago.
Juan Cole appears to be on this same path.
I have become relatively certain that nothing will change the conservative mind - save perhaps a chance to score even more money, wealth and power. They are unapproachable rationally - as is a dogmatic deeply religious person.
We will simply have to manage some other way. And I think there are enough open minded people to do this - we just need a working platform.
These too appear to be developing - Angela Merkel is a physicist, after all is said and done, and may be about to coalition with Germany’s Green Party. And British Columbia is now run by the socialist NDP in coalition with its Green Party, whose head is a professional climate scientist.
I have never bought into the idea that there is some slick ‘way to present global warming / ocean acidification to the lay public’.
Instead - hard work is required - self-education in this and other environmental/ecological matters.
This will have the interesting attribute that we will once more come into contact with the natural world, for in its essence that is all science is. This time the contact will be different - and will revolve around modern concepts - which are intimidating at first perhaps - but the human being - who discovers his or her true center - has always been a naturalist.
The terminology is a little strange right now for many - but that will change.
Soon those of the open mind will be discussing carbonate and bi-carbonate levels in the world ocean instead of just Saturday night’s hockey scores.
Necessity is the best - perhaps the only really good reason for doing pretty much anything.
PS: I should include Al Gore in this - another self-educated environmentalist - and in his own words, ‘recovering politician’.