With the Vatican preparing to declare UN IPCC science as Christian Truth, I am reminded of Aristotle (384 to 322 BC) who said:
“Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.”
If Aristotle knew what we know today about how oceans make the climate, how might he convey that meaning to one of his young Greek students?
Perhaps he would tell the story this way.
Poseidon, Lord of the Oceans
I am Poseidon and I rule the oceans, and with them I make the climate what it is.
I store the sun’s energy in my ocean water so that our world is neither too hot nor too cold.
I add water and energy into the air and together we spread warmth from the tropics to the poles. There are many obstacles and delays along the way, and there are clashes between hot and cold, which you know as storms.
The land masses make basins to collect water and energy and I send heat to each basin to form its own climate. Water heat is transported slowly, between basins and from equator to pole and back again.
The water in the air returns as rain falling on land and sea. Near the poles the water freezes and stays, sometimes for many years, until rejoining the ocean. Always the water returns and the cycles continue.
Do not be afraid of the future. Respect the oceans, take care of the land and each other, and all will be well.
The Climate According to Poseidon