On July 9, famed naturalist and documentary host David Attenborough appeared before a UK Parliament select committee hearing and urged the British government to commit to taking more drastic action against climate change. But young earth creationist and Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham doesn’t see it that way. According to Ham, we’ve already seen the worst of climate change when God flooded the earth during the time of Noah. You know, Noah — the guy who went afloat about 4,300 years ago.
In an op-ed published this weekend, Ham slammed Attenborough’s documentaries as “evolutionary propaganda programs,” adding that climate models are inaccurate because they “simply haven’t come to fruition.”
“And there’s been climate change in the past. Of course, the biggest climate change was the global flood of Noah’s day about 4,350 years ago,” Ham wrote. “This flood destroyed the world that then was and upset the climate, including creating the perfect conditions for an ice age following the flood. The world has been settling down since that flood.”
Regarding Ham’s timeline, it should be noted that he thinks the earth is 6,000 years old, which by his estimates using the bible as a historical record, puts the story of Noah’s Ark as taking place just over 4,300 years ago.
While Ham says that people should care for the environment, “that doesn’t mean we buy into every teaching that comes along or jump on the alarmist bandwagon just because everyone else does.”
“So many people see science as a dispassionate, intellectual search for the truth, no matter where it leads,” he continued. “But, in reality, much of science is agenda-driven and grant-driven—if your research doesn’t fit the status quo, good luck getting money to continue studying!”
According to the Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta, Ham’s ignorance “is going to destroy our entire species.”
“While he acknowledges that we must take care of what (he thinks) God created, he dismisses all talk of climate change as ‘alarmist’ and driven by agendas and grants, not actual science… Even though real scientists — the kind who would never step foot in one of Ham’s attractions except to mock it — are well aware of the unique threat we’re currently facing. Somehow, Ham insists he knows better than scientists whose entire careers are dedicated to dealing with the environment,” Mehta writes.
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