(Closed) Climate Change

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What is the general public's opinion on climate change and what is your opinion?
    The public generally accepts that climate change is happening and is caused by humans : (39 votes)
    29 %
    The public does not accept that climate change is happening and is caused by humans : (22 votes)
    16 %
    I accept that climate change is happening and is caused by humans : (65 votes)
    48 %
    I do not accept that climate change is happening and is caused by humans : (9 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Sorry,I voted before I read and therefore voted using Japan as my basis, where science denial (climate change, evolution, vaccines etc) isnt really an issue…

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

    I feel like the majority of US citizens do accept that climate change is a fact, and that it’s humans causing it. however, it still seems pretty evident that tons of people are too lazy or just don’t care enough to do their part to help (by recycling, using less energy, etc). It makes me so sad.

     

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @nerdybird:  I was shocked the other day to find a six-pack plastic ring on the ground at the park.  My fiance was like, why are you so upset??  I picked it up and shoved it in my pocket to cut up later, and I was like, “You really don’t know that these KILL ALL THE ANIMALS?!?!”  He had never, ever, EVER heard that you’re supposed to cut the rings before throwing it away/recycling it…!!!!

     

    My school doesn’t recycle.  I bring all my bottles home, but the amount of paper…it makes me so upset.  

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

    @peachacid:  your school doesn’t recycle? that sucks bigtime. I would hate that. 

    in seattle residental areas, not only is it illegal to not recycle, but to not compost as well!  our garbage pickup people are supposed to report it if they find these things in the trash bin. it’s hilarous and sounds so “Portlandia”, but it makes me happy.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @peasantsong:  I thought the majority of the US believes climate change is happening as a result of human activity. A few years ago it was talked about a whole lot, but they used to just call it global warming. But I’ve always heard the earth goes through periods of warming and cooling…otherwise how could there have been an Ice Age and how else would it have melted away? I don’t doubt that humans impact the environment but I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing: recycling and not using aerosol products. I’m not going to lose sleep over it.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @nerdybird:  I bet there are tons of places that still don’t recycle.  I think schools are exempt or something.  I tried so hard to get recycling at my old school but I was literally the ONLY one who cared…

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We live in a country where there is a significant percentage of people who actually, genuinely believe that the earth is 6000 years old, and that global warming is a myth, and fossils aren’t real, they’re a test from their god.  Seriously.  I believe it exists, and while I believe that some climate shift is natural, I believe we are accelerating the process and taking it beyond where it would naturally go.  Sadly, I don’t think anything will get the flat-earther’s to change their thinking.  I hope the rational people outnumber them, but I’m starting to doubt that.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee

    I think that although people may accept that climate change is a real thing and caused by humans, too few people truly care about reversing climate change.  Also, this is definitely a regional/economic issue.

    For example, I work in Los Angeles.  We recycle EVERYTHING at work – paper, cans.  Even the cafeteria has compost bins for food waste.  Shopping centers in LA have places to recharge your electric vehicle. 

    However, I live in the San Fernando Valley, in a not-so-affluent neighborhood.  Trash litters the streets.  We don’t have recycling in our apartment complex (my BFF lives in a luxury complex, and they do have recycling).  Our washer/dryers are very energy inefficient. 

    I think if you have the money to spend on energy efficient appliances and hybrid or electric vehicles, it’s way easier to be concientious about the environment.  Otherwise, people just don’t care. 

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @peachacid:  That sucks! We recycle at my school and it is one of the only good things about the place… the students take control of the “recycling program” and are mindful of the fact that there are recycling bins in their classroom. The one thing that I was not very careful about recycling before I started working at this school was paper, but now I am.

    I voted that the majority of people are aware of climate change (human activity being the cause), and that I am someone who believes in it (aka accepts it). I have also heard what Galang_Gyal said, which is that the earth goes through periods of warming and cooling. I’m not very educated on the topic, and it isn’t something I have ever studied, but I chimed in because I was intrigued by what peachacid said about the schools that don’t recycle, because I think it’s really important. 

    Post # 13
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    1020 posts
    Bumble bee

    Conservative politicians aside, I think most Americans consider man-made climate change to be a fact.

    However, whether they are willing to cut back on using too much convenient (and cheap!) energy is another question all together. As PPs have said, that largely depends on income. 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I think polls show that a majority, but not a huge majority, do recognize it’s happening and human-caused.  As a scientist, I could go OFF on this topic but I will restrain myself!  Suffice to say, our modern American science-denying culture is so intellectually lazy and dangerous.

    @farawayviolet:  That must be nice to live somewhere where science denial isn’t a thing.  

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m a scientist and I did my grad work on climate-change related stuff (iron metabolism in bacteria of the ocean that leads to carbon sequestration, etc).

    I can tell you that the general public still do not really believe what is happening. Even most people who generally accept that it is happening are not alarmed enough about it to really cause actual change to happen. It’s pretty horrifying to be an educated bystandter to the process.

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