In class we talked a lot about climate change, why people don’t believe in it, and why we have such a lack of action towards it. For me, I can’t begin to wrap my head around why someone wouldn’t believe in climate change. It is proven. 97% of climate experts agree this is a fact. So, when someone says they don’t “believe in” climate change, I can’t quite understand how they can’t believe a proven fact. Anyway, it is normal for people to be skeptical about any change or new discovery.
My dad happens to be one of those people who doesn’t believe in climate change. I showed him graph after graph and he just brushes it off like I’m crazy. Him, among thousands of others don’t see the effects of climate change and that’s where the problem lies. I think the true problem with this issue is that people are so extremely uneducated about climate change. If they were to go to seminars or lectures and hear and see the immense impacts climate change is having all over the world then I think more change could be inspired.
It was really great to sit in the classroom and be able to hear how concerned and passionate about climate change everyone was. Being an environmental studies major, I’m used to being in classes and talking to people who care about the environment and are super driven to do something about climate change. However, outside this realm of people, there are so many students and people in general who don’t know anything about climate change. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried talking to someone about it and they know absolutely nothing about it and just argue that “it doesn’t seem that hot,” or something else completely ridiculous. The whole debate over this issue is extremely frustrating to me. I think the only way to create some change is to educate people about the issue and show them what’s really happening. Honestly, it’s up to us. We all care about it so we all need to make other people care just as much as we do. We have to be the change.
Here is a link to a website with some myths about climate change.