There are generally three groups in the scientific community that research climate change and impacts on the environment.
They are the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of government bodies that essentially believe that anthropogenic, or human induced climate change is what’s behind rising temperatures and there’s what we call the skeptics, groups of scientists that generally question human induced global warming.
It’s important to note that these two groups agree on a lot of the main points regarding climate change, including that it’s incredibly difficult to predict catastrophic consequences from increasing temperatures.
Then there’s a group of scientists outside both of these groups that don’t have any expertise in climate change, but publish papers that suggest that climate change is responsible for acne, that it starts wars and that it affects women more than men.
They are the ones propelling this end of the world, doomsday, fear based narrative about climate change. And Catherine McKenna, our Minister of Environment and Climate Change, is one of them. Recent tweets made by the minister promoting the idea that climate change is having more of an effect on women than men, demonstrate this.
I reviewed published papers on gender and climate change and there were very few authored or co-authored by actual climate scientists. Many came from sociology, agriculture and anthropology backgrounds – all important fields, but not climate scientists.
The more these people speak on this issue, the more climate change becomes a basis for instilling fear and unfortunately, they dominate the conversation. But the truth is that the debate on the impact and causes of global warming is ongoing and it’s not settled.
People like Catherine McKenna detract from the merits of the real experts that we should be listening to.