Politics typically aren’t something that people favor talking about. However, this election cycle has turned the political system upside down, and Donald Trump has clenched the position to be the Republican Nominee. No matter who you support, it can’t be denied that people are focused on a variety of issues. From gun control to foreign policy, there is a lot to consider before making the decision to support one candidate over another.
Unfortunately, in all of the hype and chaos of the elections, the government isn’t focusing on climate change. Quite the opposite in fact, and there seems to be an aversion to discussing the issue. In the past, advocates of clean energy to combat climate change were laughed at. Just consider Al Gore. Most people seem to think that there are larger and more immediate problems to deal with, such as the healthcare system or terrorists. However, this is something that can not be ignored and it won’t just go away. Entire cities are at risk of being completely destroyed from the increasing intensity of storms, and rising sea levels.
Unfortunately, disregard and disinterest for the issue aren’t only present in Washington. It seems that the general public is also losing interest. Ipsos, an independent market research company, has been tracking statistics since 2007. In that year, they conducted a survey that showed 54% of participants thought climate change was the largest issue that needs to be addressed when presented with a list of national and global concerns. Today, however, that figure is far lower. The newest report showed that only 38% of people thought that climate change needed to be addressed.
Part of the lack of interest might stem from the fact that we have taken great strides towards viable solutions. With each passing year, we become slightly less dependent on coal and other dirty energy sources as we adopt renewable energy resources. But we’re still a long way from reaching our goal.
Believe it or not, people are even less concerned with rising sea levels than they were in the past, falling from 29% to 17% over an 8-year period. However, between 1900 and 2005, the sea levels have risen by an estimated average of 17cm. While that’s shocking enough, also consider that since 1970, as much as 70% of the cause is attributed to human influence.
The Point of No Return
This begs the question: how bad do things have to get before climate change gets the attention it deserves? Mother Earth is crying out a warning to her children, but her warning seems to be falling on deaf ears. Data shows that the average temperature is rising, sea levels are rising, glaciers are shrinking, and that weather patterns are changing at an ever accelerating rate.
Even though the Paris agreement has shone a spotlight on climate change on an international level, we’ve still got a lot of work to do. And it’s better to tackle this issue sooner rather than later. Though some experts have theorized that the Earth will be able to heal if we attempt to nip this problem in the bud, still other experts theorize that if we do nothing, humanity will reach a point of no return.
Its up to you
Change begins with you. Your daily life choices will have an impact on your environment and if you set a good example, others will follow. Insulate your buildings, use efficient heating and cooling appliances, buy fuel efficient vehicles, invest in renewable energy, and be an advocate for environmental causes that benefit us all! It’s a tough battle when entrenched special interests are able to buy elections, but we still have a voice. Lets start using it.