Fandango Provocative Question- Climate change

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

I recently read some interesting statistics regarding how Americans perceive climate change. In a poll by The Economist/YouGov, 72% of Democrats believe governments can take actions to slow climate change, compared with only 24% of Republicans.

More than 80% of Democrats, half of independents, and less than a third of Republicans believe that human activity is warming the planet. Two-thirds of Republicans say massive wildfires, prolonged droughts, and severe hurricanes are events that “just happen from time to time.”

So with this in mind, my provocative question this week is this…

Do you believe that human activity is a significant contributor to climate change or do you concur with those who believe that changes to the climate naturally occur from time to time?

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To my mind, this is no brainer!

Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth’s temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and farming livestock. This adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming.

*European commission report on climate change

You can read this report to get a fairly accurate idea of why global warming is happening.

We are around 7.9 billion people on this planet now. The earth never had that many people living on it before. The rise in the economic condition of people all around the world means that people are upgrading to better means of transport and communication. There are way more motorcycles, cars, and SUVs on the road than ever before. People in villages and rural areas have now access to electricity and natural gas and they are using them without any thoughts about global warming. In fact, very few people in third world/ developing countries have any idea about global warming and how they are contributing to it.

The developed countries are the ones who are leading in carbon emissions. They are using non-renewable sources of energy like coal to produce electricity.

We are the ones who are creating this climate change and we better stop now before it is too late to reverse it. The polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising and the temperature of the earth’s crust is rising at an alarming rate. We may be dead before the worse happens but we are leaving our future generations to cope with this mess we have created.

Here are a few ways we can stop global warming.

My plea is to please take this threat seriously.

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46 thoughts on “Fandango Provocative Question- Climate change

  1. Ok, not to disagree but as my boss loves to point out the ice age was climate change. It is a natural cycle but humans have exasperated it and sped it up. Without us there would have been change, with us there will be death. That’s the difference

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    1. Yes, I agree there always is the changing cycle of hot and cold but with so many people on the planet, trying their worst to damage its environment, we are headed the wrong way.

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  2. Far too many people still recklessly behave as though throwing non-biodegradable garbage down a dark chute, or pollutants emitted out of exhaust and drainage pipes, or spewed from sky-high jet engines and very tall smoke stacks — or even the largest contamination events — can somehow be safely absorbed into the air, sea, and land (i.e. out of sight, out of mind); like we’re inconsequentially dispensing of that waste into a black-hole singularity, in which it’s compressed into nothing.

    For dangerously too long, collective human existence has been analogous to a cafeteria lineup consisting of diversely societally represented people, all adamantly arguing over which identifiable person should be at the front and, conversely, at the back of the line. Many of them further fight over to whom amongst them should go the last piece of quality pie and how much they should have to pay for it — all the while the interstellar spaceship on which they’re all permanently confined, owned and operated by (besides the wealthiest passengers) the fossil fuel industry, is on fire and toxifying at locations not normally investigated.

    The fossil fuel industry and governments can tell when a very large portion of the electorate is too tired and worried about feeding/housing themselves or their family, and the devastation being left in COVID-19’s wake — all while on insufficient income — to criticize them for whatever environmental damage their policies cause/allow, particularly when not immediately observable. Without doubt, mass addiction to fossil fuel products helps keep the average consumer quiet about the planet’s greatest polluter, lest they feel like and/or be publicly deemed hypocritical. It must be convenient for the industry.

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    1. Yes, you’re absolutely right about all the points. The petroleum industry is a big buck industry and they control the political thoughts and outcomes, like the gun lobby. Generally people, the average people aren’t that heartless but as you said most are worried about Day to day life than the future. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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      1. But it’s more than strong political influence. The industry must have a solid foundation when even our mainstream print news-media formally support Canada’s industry. News conglomerate Postmedia is on record as being allied with not only the planet’s second most polluting forms of “energy” (i.e. fossil fuel), but also the most polluting/dirtiest of crude oils — bitumen. [Source: “Mair on Media’s ‘Unholiest of Alliances’ With Energy Industry”, Rafe Mair, Nov.14 2017, TheTyee.ca]
        Furthermore, in late May, Postmedia refused to run paid ads by Leadnow, a social and environmental justice organization, that expose RBC as the largest financer of fossil fuel extraction in Canada.

        Regardless of which political party, our federal governments have consistently propped the already profitable fossil fuel industry. In 2019 alone, Canada’s (neo)Liberal government gave the industry 12-fold the subsidization it allocated towards renewable green-energy innovation. This is on top of agreeing to triple the diluted bitumen pipeline-flow westward through B.C., which means increasing the oil freighter traffic seven-fold through pristine whale-bearing waters. …

        Thank you, Sadje, for your article and letting me so thoroughly speak.

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  3. Hopefully someone will come up with a plan to turn the world around until that spark of ingenuity happens we all must do what we can. Can’t go wrong with the old saying – reduce, reuse, recycle.

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