If anything shows that climate change is mainly the worry of rich western neurotics in search of a meaning in life, it’s the latest survey by the UN on what are the world’s most pressing problems. Surveyed so far are 625,000 people. Vote here: http://www.myworld2015.org/.
Economics/statistics professor Bjorn Lomborg writes at FaceBook the above comment: “Climate is at the very bottom.”
Face it – people have real worries right now, and couldn’t care less about the computer-generated fantasies of the year 2080.
The UN has asked people around the world for their top priorities. With 625,000 votes, climate is at the very bottom.
Not surprisingly, education, health care and corruption-free governments rank at the top, along with jobs, water and food. (People who would focus on food and water first are probably not on-line.)
Immediate environmental concerns for rivers and forests rank in the middle, whereas climate comes in at the last position.
This seems not only to follow quite closely the rankings in the Copenhagen Consensus, but also to make simple sense. If your kids are dying from easily curable diseases, have no food, or no jobs, your main concern is not a 2.6℃ temperature rise by the end of the century. If you have enough resources to worry about the environment at all, you worry about immediate concerns like air and water pollution.
It is only in rich countries (with high HDI) where climate comes in much higher, and yet still only at number 8 of 16.
I’m right now in Sweden, where my demographic group have put climate at the very top as #1. That only makes sense, when you have ample food and health care, a well-functioning government and a clean environment.
Go ahead and tell the UN which priorities *you* think the world should focus on: