This page contains three sets of resources. The first (Science, Knowledge, and Epistemology) is about what we know, and how we know it. It is concerned with knowledge and ‘epistemology‘: the area of philosophy devoted to understanding how we know things and how we justify what we claim to know. In particular, non-specialists are faced with several problems that we need to address before we can decide how to act. Firstly, what are the scientific facts that are largely agreed on? Secondly, what are the reasons that ground our trust in those scientific conclusions? Thirdly, how can those of us who are not specialists in any area of climate science decide what is most reasonable to believe (if anything), and what would be the most prudent course of action? This last question is perhaps the most central: it is the question of practical reason that we all face in deciding what to do with our lives in the face of the possibility of drastic climate change. In the course of addressing this last problem, another practical question arises: how can we tell the difference between reliable solutions and ‘greenwashing‘? Greenwashing is the attempt to fool us into thinking that something that is sustainable when in fact it is not.
The second set of resources (Climate Change: Problems) contains links to articles and videos that investigate various aspects of climate change.
The third set of resources (Climate Change: Causes) investigates the major causes of climate change. If we are to have any chance of dealing successfully with the problems of climate change, then we must be able to identify the most significant causes. Once we have identified these, we can begin strategizing how to disrupt those causal links.