October 15, 2009

Getting the public to address climate change

Making rapid progress in addressing the challenge from global climate change is difficult because so many people don't understand the problem and don't think it is necessary to change their lives to help solve the problem. Because the danger is so amorphous, people judge the problem based on the level they accept the messages from climate scientists.

Yet, addressing the problem will take the great majority of those of us in the developed world doing our part to reduce our energy use by increasing our energy efficiency. Nevertheless, in today's world where the climate deniers are given an equal or even greater platform than real climate scientists, engaging the public in what they do has never been more difficult and yet more important.

The UK government has decided the best way to help break through the fog is to put on a major TV advertisement campaign that makes the point: what you do today, will affect your children tomorrow. They want to move the public to start taking this problem seriously.

How do you think this will work? Are there better ways to engage people for real action?

Posted by Mary at October 15, 2009 12:42 AM | Environment | Technorati links |

"Global carbon emissions are expected to post their biggest drop in more than 40 years this year as the global recession froze economic activity and slashed energy use around the world." http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/science/earth/22emissions.html?_r=2&ref=instapundit

And the BBC recently asked this question: "What happened to global warming?" Paul Hudson, their "climate correspondent" asked the question. He followed it up with this statement:

"This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.

But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise. " http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8299079.stm

He used the word "our" there folks. Then there's the questions about the Yamal tree rings. Seems the treemometer was a little too selective. Only 12 out of 252 samples used, all the others, when included, straighten out the hockey stick y'all seem to like using. There goes the credibility of eight peer reviewed papers and the UN's IPCC report and AL Gore's Nobel.

I wonder how much Paul talks with David Shukman? The two don't seem to be sending the same message.

Posted by: peter at October 15, 2009 09:27 PM

I am not so sure about climate change I am not against it or for it but still not more proof on the matter.

Posted by: Leaflet Distribution Jobs at October 18, 2009 05:53 AM

European diplomats in Bangkok tried to couch their change of heart about the Kyoto treaty more delicately, but Michael Levi at the Council on Foreign Relations says the facts are stark. "Kyoto is essentially dead after 2012," said Levi.

President Obama killed it. Now maybe he'll kill the Waxman-Markley bill.

Posted by: peter at October 18, 2009 03:11 PM

Sometimes it's not because people don't understand but it's because they are thinking how much can one person do. They are thinking that not a lot of people are doing it and what they do is not enough to change anything. That's the problem.

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Posted by: Julis at October 22, 2009 02:51 AM

Every time I saw this kind of post about global warming, climate changed, natural disasters... I wonder how long can the Earth sustain anymore. Can the Earth stand for another 100 years or may be 50 years? Hopes we are human living here can really make some changes to stop global warming.


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Posted by: ReginaGirl Gordon at October 22, 2009 07:11 AM

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Posted by: Chantal at October 23, 2009 06:34 AM