This week, students from around the world will be gathering at UK's National History Museum's Student Summit 2006 to discuss different aspects of climate change.
Opening the Summit will be the UK's Chief Scientfic Advisor, Sir David King. “The latest scientific data confirm what many of us have long suspected: climate change is already happening, and human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, together with deforestation, are the culprit,” says King.
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.