Contrary to popular belief, global warming did not end because of the Polar Vortex. If all you did was watch mainstream cable news, you'd think the entire world was covered with snow and freezing. While it's made for some great icy news footage, the media have portrayed a pretty United States-centric view of the world. Actually, it's a half-the-United States-centric view of the world. California, for example, is in drought conditions and there are forest fires happening in normally snow covered and rain-soaked mountains!
It's so tempting to base your entire world view of climate change on local, or even national, weather conditions, but we should really leave that determination up to the scientists. They're smart, they've studied this stuff for years and a huge, gigantic and vaster than vast majority of them agree that the extreme climate change we're experiencing is our own damn fault. End of story.
The best term I've heard that is much more fitting than "global warming" is "global weirding." That term more accurately describes the weird weather conditions we are and will continue to experience. Changes in weather will do much more than delay flights, they will most likely change the course of, um, civilization. That's how The Climateers came about-- a fun-loving bunch of misfits and sometimes killers out to change the world. I hope you enjoy the cartoon, if you share it far and wide I will be eternally grateful. And as usual, you can find more links to stories behind this cartoon on my website.
[smiley sitcom voice over]
Coming now, and forever . . .
It's a new kind of family for a new kind of world!
That weird family who just keeps getting weirder! . . . and wilder.
Meet . . .
Polar Vortex! And his lovable pet, Denier Dan!
[Hillbilly Dan voice: "Global warming? What global warming?"]
Dan and Vortex will be sputtering mad when Heat Wave Hal comes home with his main squeeze, "Drought-Lady Death!"
[Vortex voice: "Lady! Stop tracking dead villagers all over the house!"]
And you can be sure it'll get weirder thanks to crazy-man "WIldfire Pete!"
He doesn't care what season it is, it's always fire season to him!
And, of course, when East Coast Blizzard Bob drops in, he thinks it's all about him . . .
But don't tell that to "Shrinky, the Bitterest Ice Cap Around!"
He'll go ballistic!
With The Climateers, a rising tide lifts all shanties.
And whatever happens, no one wants to spend much time at all with boring ol' "Scientific Consensus . . . "
[Scientist: "Um, CO2 levels have risen so dramatically, that our models must be continually . . . "]
It's way more fun to see if you can freeze an egg on the sidewalk!
So whether you curl up by the fire or die of starvation, either way, you'll love The Climateers-- a new kind of family for a new kind of world!
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