I hear a lot of people talking about ‘going green,’ about ‘being sustainable,’ about doing things that don’t harm the environment, etc etc. But these sometimes seem like hollow comments whenever we try to dig deeper about what these things actually are, what they do, and why we do them. An increasing number of Americans are more willing to accept that human activity negatively influences the environment; 69% of Americans believe climate change is real. And that number appears to be growing. Only 1 in 5 Americans have an idea about what’s going on with climate change; many Americans feel that the issue of climate change is either (1) over their heads or (2) not of primary concern.
Why is there so much confusion about climate change? There is a growing amount of reliable information about this issue, and among the informed crowd, climate change (and its human influence) is widely accepted as real and legitimate. We just need to know where to look. There are two problems large problems that come with bridging the gap: (1) the media doesn’t widely or effectively disperse reliable information about the issue (it becomes a thing of politics, where a person will adopt the climatic beliefs of whichever candidate they support) and (2) the general population doesn’t seem interested enough to search deeply for said reliable information.
So responsibility for misinformation seems to lie in multiple locations. It’s not that we all just need to do a little recycling to ‘go green,’ then call it a day. It’s that we need to become interested in getting educated about the issue, but reliable facts also need to be readily accessible. We need to know where to look.
Where do you go to get informed? We’d love to hear your thoughts.