Bryan Walsh skriver i TIME att det är oroväckande hur lite allmänheten förstår och bryr sig om klimatförändring. Valda delar av artikeln nedan. Missa inte den fina bilden som inleder artikeln i TIME.
(ur TIME Magazine)
The shocking study reflects the tremendous gap that exists on global warming. On the one hand are the scientists, who with few exceptions think that climate change is very serious and needs to be dealt with immediately and ambitiously. On the other side is the public, which increasingly believes that climate change is real and worries about it, but which rarely ranks it as a high priority.
It may seem to many like good common sense to wait until we see proof of the serious damage global warming is doing before we take action. But it’s not — we can’t “wait and see” on global warming because the climate has a momentum all its own, and if we wait for decades to finally act to reduce carbon emissions, it could well be too late. Yet this simply isn’t understood. Someone as smart as Bill Gates doesn’t seem to get it. “Fortunately climate change, although it’s a huge challenge, it’s a challenge that happens over a long period of time,” he said at a forum in Beijing last year. “You know, we have time to work on it.” But the truth is we don’t.
If elite scientists could simply solve climate change on their own, public misunderstanding wouldn’t be such a problem. But it can’t. Reducing carbon emissions sharply will require all 6.5 billion (and growing) of us to hugely change the way we use energy and travel.