One thing that has puzzled me recently is how polling indicates that less people believe that climate change is real than a year ago. This seemed counter-intuitive especially as the science is now unequivocal that it is happening, and it’s largely caused by us:
Then I realised that maybe it’s a good thing. Denial is an emotional reaction and is typically the last stage before acceptance, so perhaps this shows that many people are reacting to the possible truth and all it’s consequences. A big moment for me was realising that climate change will profoundly affect food supplies, and not just make things ‘a bit warmer.’ I’ve also learnt that nature is interlinked in a myriad of ways we will probably never fully understand, and that you can’t tackle, say, the dwindling water of the Murray-Darling river system, without tackling climate change.
There are no easy answers and my belief is that we have to change our behaviors quite a bit as well as governments putting in regulation, encouraging investment in cleaner forms of energy and so on. Our government certainly hasn’t been up-front and honest about this, and continues to peddle the line that things can go on as before.
BTW – check out this brilliant, brilliant short film about the fallicy of ‘cap and trade’ systems for carbon pricing: