Our country feels like it is burning out of control.
Aflame with inflammatory rhetoric there are those strongly questioning the usefulness of masks and vaccines during a dangerous pandemic, while others scoff at the reality of climate change.
In both cases the deadly accelerant used is denial.
Fueled by foolish politicians and hazardous misinformation, it is a combustible situation.
While record-breaking wildfires burned out of control in California, irate parents in Broward County, Florida were burning COVID 19 prevention masks in protest in the name of freedom.
In late July, 20 anti maskers gathered in the Broward County School Board headquarters in Ft Lauderdale setting masks on fire. Videos of the protests showed a protestor dousing a tray full of masks with lighter fluid before setting it on fire with a lighter. A protestor can be heard on the video saying, “It is time to cast off this symbol of tyranny, this symbol of child abuse- we will not stand for it anymore.”
When it comes to crying child abuse, they are living in an Alice in Wonderland world as a disproportionate number of children are being infected with the virus.
Up in Smoke
It feels as though common sense has gone up in smoke.
And we are all getting burned.
We are living in a toxic environment brought on by the damage created by science deniers.
Denying science is not only dangerous it is deadly business.
The harm caused by both COVID anti-vaxxers and climate change skeptics cannot be disputed. And they are playing from the same playbook.
The strategies used to dismiss threats of climate change and the Coronavirus are the same. Deny the problem, deny the severity of the problem and complain about the freedoms that are threatened. People are having a meltdown over a mandate to wearing masks, disputing the safety efficacy of the vaccine, in the same way, climate deniers have done for decades.
Our environment, our planet is under threat. The world is experiencing extreme weather and global suffering has grown owing to inaction to climate change.
The far-off future is we worried about for our grandchildren is here now. Catastrophe doesn’t just loom in the future. The damage from climate change is already here. As is a COVID 19.
And now we are asking the little children to suffer.
As the Dixie wildfires ravaged Northern California and the highly contagious Delta Variant is spreading like wildfire along with vaccine skepticism, children’s hospitals are now swamped with new cases.
A selfish disregard for the consequences of their actions, and a disregard for science is burning our country as we know it to the ground.
Be careful what you wish for.
For deniers, “Live free or die” may very well come home to roost.
Just don’t take the rest of us with you in the process.