Sportsmen’s and Anglers’ Views Highlighted in New ‘This Is Not Cool’ Video

This month’s Yale Forum video captures the first-hand views of climate change impacts through the eyes of sportsmen, anglers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Peter Sinclair’s latest video in his monthly “This is Not Cool” series captures the views of sportsmen and anglers as they’ve personally experienced what they describe as impacts of a warmer world.

Field and Stream Conservation Editor Bob Marshall, Conservation Hawks Chairman Todd Tanner, and Bozeman, Mt., outdoor writer Ken Barrett point to changes they’ve seen across the country.

“Say ‘global warming,’ say ‘climate change,’ and people are a bit reticent to sign-on,” says Barrett. “It’s got a political agenda in this country, sadly, but here’s the irony: You can take the most conservative person, the person who would never admit to climate change, and ask them if the weather has changed in their part of the world. And invariably they’ll have stories about how the weather’s not the way it used to be.”

Outdoors enthusiasts — those “walking the fields of the country every day” — have “actually experienced climate change impacts” and “know that something is going on,” the interviewees say. “We’re seeing something here [Montana] that we’ve literally never seen before,” adds Tanner, pointing to last fall’s wildfires.

People “aren’t always making the connection to climate change,” Tanner said, in part because of what he sees as flawed media coverage of “some huge conspiracy.”

In writing about peer-reviewed climate science, Mitchell said, “there’s this instant blow-back, usually from a lot of the same people actually. I’ve begun to recognize a lot of the same, of course, anonymous handles by these people.”

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5 Responses to Sportsmen’s and Anglers’ Views Highlighted in New ‘This Is Not Cool’ Video

  1. Excellent piece. The greenhouse effect, accentuated by increased greenhouse gas concentrations, leads to a net accumulation of energy in Earth’s oceans, ice and atmosphere which results in real consequences. Drought is among the earliest local consequences to show up. Unfortunately, by the time such effects are apparent to regular folks, the duration of the consequences due to long-lived greenhouse gases is centuries. Most people, including most environmentalists, don’t really understand the scale, scope, intensity, and duration of unstoppable global warming. And most especially the duration!

  2. Paul Quigg says:

    I am an 82 year old outdoorsman and I have never NOT seen climate change. I hiked in 137 degree heat at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in August, 1969. I drove from DC to the Atlantic Ocean in a late 1970′s winter, when the Potomac was frozen over, the Chesapeake was frozen over, and ice slabs 6 inches thick were stacked 15 feet high on the Atlantic beach. I want someone to point out when and where they witnessed the climate not changing. Vegetation changes from year to year, much lusher from 40 years ago here in the Shenandoah Valley, almost tropical, different animals profiferate from year to year, hot summers, cool summers, drought, flood, it is a never ending process which has been going on since the beginning of time. Over a hundred years ago, Ocean View DE, was built 2 miles inland. They didn’t have governmen insurance, but they were smart and prudent. The world is getting warmer, the oceans will probably keep rising as they have for the last 10,000 years. Adapt. Nothing is new, just a little man made global warming.

    • cloudpoint says:

      When I check the best scientific records that we have on historic sea level, I actually see that sea level has been relatively constant for the last 8000 years, until the uptick that started a little over a century ago.

      http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holocene_Sea_Level.png

      It might be just a “little man made global warming” so far, but it is like being a little bit pregnant. The end-result will be the birth of an entirely new climate, and the delivery will be a difficult and laborious for civilization.

    • According to this site: http://www.mdonline.net/mreds/siba/bayice04.htm#CBM

      You are describing the winter of 1976-77. Hasn’t happened since. Why do you think that is?

      • Paul Quigg says:

        It’s getting warmer, and it will continue to get warmer. I don’t see any alternative fuel which will replace fossil fuels, except nuclear which is political poison. EIA IPCC, NIC all project a very slow increase in alternatives up through 2040 and every other responsible agency basically agrees. You can tax carbon or energy all you want and you will still not any alternative relief. The global CONSUMPTION of wind and solar is less then one percent.