Here’s an idea that’s sure to please both sides of the climate “debate.” Let’s build a giant monument to all those who oppose taking action to prevent climate change. We can call it the Climate Skeptic Monument.
Here’s a very rough plan for how it might work. I’ll leave it to others who are more politically astute than I am to refine the specifics in order to achieved maximum impact.
Step 1) Queue up some good climate legislation with the potential to really move the dial in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s ok if there’s opposition (see next steps). The key is real potential for impact.
Step 2) Identify a small plot of very publicly visible land in the heart of Washington D.C. The ideal location needs to be a place where Congressional leaders will see it regularly and where the public will be able to see it for years to come. You may want to pay attention to sea level in your purchase decision.
Step 3) Design a monument (and please do a better job than my artistic rendition above). Best if you can make it evoke climate. Don’t cheap out. This monument needs to be there for several hundred years so future generations will know who to thank.
Step 4) Figure out the exact wording for the monument. It needs to accurately capture the beliefs of today’s elected federal officials who are climate skeptics or who are acting as a roadblock to real climate change solutions. The monument’s designers have final say on the actual wording, but it needs to be something these folks would sign their name to if they really believe it.
Step 5) Seek commitment for the proposed climate legislations from step one above. For those who refuse, offer them the opportunity to go very public with their skepticism by being included (at no charge!) on your monument. If they refuse to go on (stone) record with their position, make that very public and use it as a point of pressure for your legislation.
Step 6) Erect the monument and etch those names in there for history to be the judge. Note, you may want to leave some space at the bottom of the list, just in case this process needs to be repeated over time as new members join Congress. May also want to make it clear that it’s hard to erase their name once it’s up there. It’s kind of set in stone.
This is a win-win. Think about it. For those who really don’t believe that climate change is real or caused by humans, you’ll be doing them a huge favor by helping them go on record so future generations can see just how right they were. If doing nothing about climate change was the right call, these heroes will have saved us all a lot of needless worry, right? For their children, grandchildren and future generations, this monument will no doubt be an endless source of pride. And if they’re wrong, well, history should probably reserve a special place for all those people who helped ensure we failed our future generations in taking action.
Great idea, right? I hereby give it away to anyone ready and able to implement it. It’s the ultimate in public works.
Image modified from original from: Jim Bowen