Is Climate Change a Hoax?

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Have you ever asked yourself “Is Climate Change Real?” or “Is Global Warming Real?”? If so, you aren’t alone.  I know that nothing strikes a nerve more with some greenies that climate change isn’t real.  While I know there are changes happening to our climate right now, I’m not sure of what I believe about global warming/climate change.  It’s hard for me to believe that we are doomed and life as we know it will be drastically different in the near future.

Here’s what I do believe:

I think that if we all live more “green”, we can conserve our resources, live more simply, and leave this world a better place for the next generation.  And, like the cartoon above states, what’s the worst thing that can happen if we actually start living more green?

I like making a lot of my own beauty products because I can use pure, natural ingredients and control what I am putting on my body.

I like eating whole, natural foods (organic when possible) because I believe the more natural the state of food is, the more nourishing it is for your body, the better you feel, and the healthier you are.  I also think organic farming practices are much more respectful to our planet.

I like making my own cleaning products from natural ingredients because they cost far less than commercial cleaners, are better for the environment, and don’t cause irritations.

I like living a simple life and being a non-consumer whenever possible because it is less stressful and there is more joy in the small things.

I like thrifting and buying clothes from thrift stores because it not only saves me money, but it also keeps clothes out of the landfill and saves resources because not as many clothes are manufactured.

I don’t base my decisions on living a green life on climate change or global warming. I definitely feel better about things when I live more ‘green’!

What do you think about global warming/climate change? Do you think it’s a hoax?

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32 thoughts on “Is Climate Change a Hoax?

  1. ami@40daystochange says:

    Great perspective Mrs. Money. Essentially – you don’t have to point to climate change for going green, there are plenty of personal reasons to do so – and enjoy it. Frankly, reading about how much YOU like your home made personal products, cleaning products, etc. has motivated me to try some of your methods (but not the cloth TP. I have to draw a line there)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    ami- Thank you! I am so glad I have inspired you. Thanks so much for letting me know that! It means a lot. I love when I know that I have made a difference to someone! That’s ok if you don’t try the cloth TP. I understand. 🙂 We are still friends!

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  2. Mrs. Accountability says:

    I think it’s a hoax. There are plenty of websites and books out there with another side of the “truth”. That said, I think my earth-friendly and frugal Grandma had it right, she did all the “green” stuff before there was a word for it. I think we should all do our part in minimalizing our impact, just because it’s the right thing to do. I believe in recycling, combining trips into town, using as few chemicals in my home and on my body as possible, and this can all have a positive effect on our health and the earth. Nothing wrong with being “green” I just don’t like the fear tactics and manipulation surrounding the movement. Reminds me a little too much of the church cult my mom got us involved in when I was a child.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mrs. A- I agree. I think it’s the right thing to do too. I don’t people being green because they are scared of what’s going to happen. I do wish that everyone would try to live a little greener. Every little bit helps! 🙂

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  3. Evan says:

    I believe that what we have done for the past 160 years or so, can’t be great for the world, but I don’t believe the hype that surrounds it currently.

    I mean LOOK AT THE E-MAILS that were sent by the top scientists in the field!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Evan- I agree. I think that people have been pretty rough on the planet. I think that living greener should be done out of respect for the Earth, not out of fear. Who really knows what will happen, right?

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  4. Mike Collins says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily say its a hoax, but I’m skeptical. The planet’s climates go through regular cycles…I remember watching an old re-run on the history channel predicting a new ice age. It was filmed in the 70s and hosted by Leonard Nimoy.

    But anyway, I do think a lot of our behavior is irresponsible and destructive. Living a greener lifestyle can only do good.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mike- I am skeptical too. I do like the fact that being green has become more popular and that hopefully we’ll make a positive difference in the world!

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  5. Kacie says:

    I think your cartoon sums it up nicely.

    I don’t know what I believe in regard to the climate change thing. But I do know that recycyling is good, reducing waste is good, and being more green in general is better than the alternative.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kacie- I love that cartoon! I am so glad I could share it. I agree with all your comments. Every little bit helps! I think God put us on this planet to be good stewards and take care of the Earth.

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  6. Simple in France says:

    I do think that we’re about to face a major change in climate–what that change will be, how much we contribute or contributed to it or if we can do anything about it, is anyone’s guess.

    The climate is an awesome and incredible system much too complex for us to really understand at this point–maybe ever. Given that fact, if we can be friendly to the ecosystem we depend upon why not do it? Especially when it involves doing things you already know make you happier and healthier!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Simple in France- I hope it’s not something that is really devastating. That is one of my fears. I think it’s great when a lot of people start to go green. I just hate companies that use it as a marketing scheme to make money!

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  7. Financialbondage.org says:

    I do what I can to not harm the planet. for example, that is why I don’t dump used motor oil down our storm drains. That is why I recycle stuff.

    But, I am not going to get rid of my car. Or turn off the electricity to my home.

    it’s a hoax in my book. Just ask the 60+ inches of snowfall we got this year, broke all the records on the books dating back to the 1920s. Global warming my butt.

    The policies put out to “protect the environment” put a burden on the poor who are already hurting and struggling.

    God created this planet without our help. And he will take care of it.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Financialbondage- Your last sentence wins. I know that’s something I have to keep in mind when I start feeling overwhelmed about everything. He’s in control.

    The snow this year has been nuts! I know that a lot of people say that the snow just makes climate change more real. I am going to keep on living green because I feel it’s the right thing to do though. 😉

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  8. LeanLifeCoach says:

    Global warming is absolutely not a hoax and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise…

    However, global cooling is also absolutely real!

    Our planet over thousands of years has swung from ice age to (what is the opposite of ice ages?) Global warming?

    Climate swings is something we must accept and adapt to just as humans did in the past.

    That being said, we should also all be able to agree that we have polluted the planet and we are quickly draining our natural resources. For the long-term good of our species we should do whatever we can to live more sustainable lives.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    LeanLifeCoach- I 100% agree. I think we have trashed the planet and are using up our natural resources too fast. I think the more self sustainable we are, the better. 🙂

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  9. eef says:

    I agree with you! I’m not sure where I stand I global warming/climate change, but surely it can’t hurt to make some changes!
    I think being self-sustainable and using fewer chemicals can only be a good thing.
    I just feel better when I recycle and consume less (although, I am still too much of a consumer! it’s our culture! [unfortunately])
    I’m not sure whether some things really make a difference or if I just feel better about them, but for example, I FEEL healthier when I’m not using body products with a ton of chemicals in them. Whether this is all in my head or not, I’m not sure, but hey, if it gives me peace of mind… =]

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    eef- Awesome! I know what you mean about being too much of a consumer. I am guilty of that too. I know I buy much less than the average American, but I know I can cut back too. 🙂

    I think the natural products are good because everything that is put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. We’ll vote that one true. 🙂

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  10. Frugal Babe says:

    I think it’s real, but I like the cartoon you included, and frequently make that same point when people tell me they think climate change is a hoax. The way I see it, we may not know exactly what the future holds, but we know that it’s hard to breath in smog-filled air, we know polluted water kills fish, we know toxic chemicals in our homes make people sick… why do we need an additional motivation in the form of climate change to get us to clean up our act? I think of preserving resources as a gift to my son and future generations – climate change, although I definitely believe it’s real – isn’t my main motivation for living a green life.
    Great post, and great discussion topic!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Frugal Babe- Thanks! I once heard that every generation before ours has made it a goal to leave the planet in better shape than they found it. It’s sad that so many people are so careless with our resources now. 🙁

    I thought about you this weekend- we had friends in town and they used the dryer and I thought how weird it was that we hadn’t used it in a long time.

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  11. Zeke says:

    I believe that man made global warming is definitely a hoax. Its a ploy to tax carbon outputs, even our own breathing!

    What isn’t a hoax is legitimate pollution. Landfills are overflowing. Toxic chemicals leach into the ground. Our drinking water is full of birth control hormones and prozac, yet our water companies don’t have to report this! These are the things we should be trying to fix!

    There are lots of legitimate environmental issues to take care of, but lets not confuse that with global warming. Remember carbon dioxide feeds plants and makes the world more lush. “Man made global warming” or “climate change” or whatever you want to call it is not real. Its part of the Earth’s natural cycles.

    If you do the right thing for the wrong reasons, is it really the right thing? No.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Zeke- The water problem makes me sick. It is so sad how polluted our water is! I am worried that the government is going to put all kinds of crazy laws into effect just for the reason to make more money off taxes and such instead of having the health of people in mind. 🙁

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  12. Early Retirement Extreme says:

    The problem is that the US media operates on the assumption that there must be two sides to every story and that these must be given equal weight regardless of whether one side is supported by 99% of the experts. (This is silly on the same level as making a creationism museum featuring a dinosaur with a saddle. I am not making this up.) As a consequence a lot of Americans think there are reasonable doubt about climate change. Fortunately, this is almost exclusively an American problem. Unfortunately, Americans are the biggest contributor to the problem. (Otherwise, the rest of the world would just ignore us.)

    The worst thing that can happen is actually to a large degree that we come to believe that driving a prius or buying products with a green trademark on them is sufficient to reach a sustainable level. The problem is that we are very far from a sustainable level today. We are drawing down resources faster than they are being replaced and polluting faster than that it can be absorbed. For instance, anytime anyone burns carbon, it will linger in the atmosphere for the next 1000 years.

    In the future, the externalities which have so far been free or pushed onto someone else (like outsourcing our industrial production and its sideeffects) will come back as costs. It all balances out. We get the goods. Future generations pay the price.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Early Retirement Extreme- Wow, great comment! I had no idea carbon lingers in the atmosphere for 1000 years. It makes me so sad that Americans are the biggest contributors to pollution. I wish people would wake up and realize how wasteful they are. 🙁 Thanks for your comment!

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  13. Deanna Piercy says:

    I tend to believe the majority of climate scientists on this issue but at the same time I’ve tried to make the very same point you make here. We need to take care of the environment regardless of whether or not climate change is occurring. It’s simply the right thing to do.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Deanna- I think they are right to some extent too. They should know what they are talking about. I hope that people start making changes for the right reasons!

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  14. wifeish says:

    I really hope that capitalism / consumerism propels the green movement. It is simply more cost efficient to use less of things, use recycled materials, cut down on electric costs, and repair rather than buy new items. Big companies like Wal-mart are even doing more to be green simply because it saves money. Do I think climate change is a hoax? No. Do I think we have all the information about what is going on on our planet? No. I do think it is our responsibility (climate change or no) to conserve and encourage recycling and reuse to save money and resources. Because these are things we should be doing, whether the Earth is experiencing climate change or not.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    wifeish- I agree! I hope that people start consuming less and there’s less consumerism. It seems like with the economic downturn that a lot of people have been evaluating what’s important. We just need to push it to the next level. 🙂

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