Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UK not worried about climate change

The science is warning us that the climate change is the biggest environmental issue of our time. Though there is no reason for scientists to lie to us many people are still not worried about climate change as they do not consider it to be a serious environmental threat.

According to the latest survey conducted by Ipsos MORI only a quarter of Britons believe climate change is one of the most important environmental issues facing the UK today.

Britons are more worried about the energy security, waste disposal and overpopulation than climate change, and consider these three to be more important environmental issues.

The experts believe that the main reason why so little Britons consider climate change as a big environmental threat is because of last year’s extremely cold winter in Britain. The people, as usual, fail to think on the long run, forgetting that the climate change is a long-term phenomenon with the ever-increasing impact.

The situation in Britain clearly shows that science is still not doing enough to show the people that climate change is indeed a serious environmental problem that needs to be taken care off as soon as possible. It certainly looks like the ice melting on Earth's poles and more frequent extreme weather events are not enough for people to take climate change seriously.

Dr Simon Buckell, from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change said that "Science needs to show how current climate change affects economies and what that can mean going forward. Until people understand if there is, or isn’t a problem, people will be reticent to make a financial commitment."

The main downside is that convincing people takes time, and time is definitely not one of the luxuries we have at our disposal in fight against the climate change.

1 comment:

  1. The thing is that the other environmental problems can be avoided, whereas climate change is a natural phenomenon which has happened before many times. Why worry people about things they can't stop?