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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?
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.
My plea is to please take this threat seriously.