Some depressing new figures from the Pew Research Centre show that the number of Americans who agree that climate change is happening has fallen by 20% in eighteen months.
Perhaps it’s the recession, making the economy the priority. After all, Americans are constantly told that acting on climate change will bankrupt the economy. Perhaps it’s the distraction of the healthcare fiasco, or maybe just the relentless tide of wishful thinking and anti-climate lobbying. Either way, we’ve got a problem. The country most responsible for climate change is moving in the wrong direction, increasingly convinced that it isn’t serious.
I believe climate change is happening, as you may have noticed, and I believe it is man made. I’m comfortable with being wrong about that, as I believe acting on climate change is the most sensible option, whether the scientists turn out to be right or not.
If you have yet to make up your mind about climate change, allow me to point you towards Greg Craven‘s ideas. Ignore the bad choice of title for this video – his point is that you don’t need to decide if climate change is happening or not to make a good decision.
If you want more, check out Greg’s book ‘What’s the worst that could happen? A rational response to climate change’.