Alarmism Not Working: World Citizens Rank Climate Change Dead Last As Concern

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Over the last few years, the United Nations has been conducting an online poll, asking the world’s citizens —well, those fortunate enough to have access to electrical power, a computer, and the internet — what is most important to them, what concerns them most, or what issue they view as the highest priority for action.

In all, there are 16 priorities to choose from, ranging from phone and internet access to building more roads, protecting rivers and forests, better health care, etc.

Over 9.7 million people across all nations and age groups and educational and income levels have voted so far.  And, shockingly, of the 16 listed priorities for action, “Action taken on climate change” ranks a distant 16th, or last.

The world’s citizens are more concerned about access to paved roads and phones than they are about taking action to combat the greatest threat facing mankind.

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Sadly, even citizens of wealthy countries couldn’t care any less than they do about climate change as an issue.  In the U.S., for example, in a Gallup poll ranking the levels of concern about 15 pre-selected, randomly-ordered national problems, “Climate Change” again comes in a distant last place.

 

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Just yesterday, a poll conducted by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and reported by the Associated Press revealed that 43% of American citizens would refuse to pay more than $1 a month to fight climate change — though we’re not exactly sure what fighting climate change means.  And the refusal to pay rises as the relative cost of fighting the climate rises: 61% would refuse to pay even $10 a month, about 70% would refuse to pay $20 a month, and 80% of Americans would refuse to pay $50 a month.

Are More Alarming Studies Needed To Elicit Belief, Concern?

Perhaps there aren’t enough alarming studies linking climate change to personal catastrophes to generate more public concern about climate change as an issue.

Maybe there needs to be more analysis that says Antarctica will soon be the only place on the planet to live if we don’t start fighting climate change.  That could garner enough attention to move up a notch or two in the polls.

Beer is quite popular nearly world-wide.  What if there were more stories that affirm global warming will make beer taste worse?   It might make a difference.

Just about everyone loves a savory steak dinner.  If scientists can again demonstrate that global warming makes steak taste worse, that might stir the public to join in the climate change fight.

Music soothes the soul.   If music sounds worse because of global warming, scientists could emphasize this over and over again.  This could be persuasive — especially among the youths.

Dogs are humans’ best friends.  Observers have found, though, that global warming leads to boredom and even depression in dogs.  If the link between warmer temperatures and dog depression becomes more widely known, some dog-lovers might be willing to pay up.

When it comes to alarming the public about the consequences of climate change, the status quo hasn’t been working.  More alarmism must be needed.

After all, we’re facing the greatest threat in the history of mankind — and people across the world care much more about roads and phones and internet access than they do about the end of life as we know it on this planet.

 

 

24 responses to “Alarmism Not Working: World Citizens Rank Climate Change Dead Last As Concern”

  1. Brian carriere

    No..its just the people if the world. Know better. There is no and has been a climate change..ww just need the governing bodies to pull their head out if their ass and realize it too.

  2. Newminster

    I’m afraid I’m at a bit of a loss trying to understand the figures. If 9 million people voted what were they asked to do because the total figure comes to nearer 50 million than 9?
    Were they asked to rank their top 5 or top 10 or what? ‘Education’ is top of the list but there is not indication as on how it got there. It can’t be that number of people’s first choice or the figures make no sense.

  3. jazznick

    One wonders how many votes CC would have got if it had not been included in the ‘voting list’ but left as an item for the voter to specify themselves, un-prompted ?

    The BBC thinks CC is a major problem – clearly the people don’t.
    The BBC thought everyone would vote Labour in our GE – they didn’t by a long way.
    The BBC thought everyone would vote to stay in the EUSSR – they didn’t.
    They think Brian Cox is a climate scientist – etc, etc…

    We are all very naughty and need more brainwashing so that we can become as smug and self-important as they think they are…………..

  4. Mikky

    The Green Blob is still working away in education, I’ve just heard on a BBC TV quiz for kiddies the following question: “Climate Change is the biggest threat to what animal, name starting with P?”, the kiddies had no problem in giving the “right” answer: Polar Bears.

    Is that a fact? That should be taught in primary school?

    1. yonason

      Antidote to paranoid polar bear fantasy
      https://polarbearscience.com/

    2. DirkH

      “Is that a fact? That should be taught in primary school?”

      When the communist teachers are done with rewriting history, they gotta do SOMETHING, don’t you think?

  5. yonason

    Don’t worry, the UN will save you!

  6. Joe Public

    Noticeable, is that it’s important to far more people, that they have *reliable* energy at home.

  7. Hilary Ostrov

    Actually the UNDP has been running this survey for over three years! I had first noticed it – in its earliest incarnation – back in June 2013.

    Participants were led to believe that the results would be fed into the UN’s new, improved SDG’s.

    But it seems that as the years progressed – and “Action on climate change” retained its bottom of the barrel status – the UN powers that be decided to toss these results (from at that point several million respondents) in favour of those obtained from a carefully primed one-day exercise involving a claimed 10,000 participants.

    See: UN survey participants: one-day 10,000 trumps two-year 8 million plus

    1. yonason

      Typical Leftist tactic.

    2. yonason

      …but I wasn’t aware of what they did in this case, so thanks.

  8. DirkH

    I see a great business opportunity for dog fridges.

    1. yonason
  9. John F. Hultquist

    The “beer” story linked to is from 2009 and very local. An update would be good.
    Meanwhile in the hops growing part of the USA, meaning Washington State, we have good news:
    MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – Hop harvesting in the Yakima Valley is underway and growers are expecting a record 91.8 million pounds in the Northwest this year.

    The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2bBNtN6 ) that the expected figure is a 16 percent increase over 2015 and can be attributed to the growth of craft breweries and America’s budding taste for very hoppy beers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, production of hops has grown 50 percent since 2012.

    Try Google Earth – Street View, from here: 46.555471, -120.438252

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    The comments to the survey (by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and reported by the Associated Press) have been interesting. The author starts out: “A wide range of public opinion polls point to a clear and growing trend: Americans of all political stripes are increasingly worried about climate change.

    I think what happens is a poll presents the issue and folks agree it is an issue. If asked to list issues without given any clues folks do not come up with global warming because very few sense anything out of the ordinary. A major weather event may momentarily bring the issue to mind because the MSM and politicians make the link. Thus, the survey results go up and down while folks are concerned about real issues they face.

  10. RickS

    WORLD LEADERS “KNOW” IT’S A LIE !

    Man, people are “blind” !!

    It’s “amazing”, people (The World) cannot “see” what is really happening !!!

    Man, Dark-Days-Ahead !

    And, with “your” eyes “wide” open, You-are-walking-right-in-to-it !

    And once You finally notice it, it will be too late ????????

    Un-Real…

  11. KK Aw

    The climate alarmists have told too many lies and half truths. They can’t be trusted.

  12. gallopingcamel

    The public has figured it out but the elites are still making the decisions that rob the poor by raising the price of electricity while feeding subsidies to the rich who own the wind farms, the solar arrays and the Tezla motor cars.

    1. yonason

      Yes. Wealth transfer from poor to rich is the name of their game. All the rest is just smoke screen.

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  17. Kevin Marshall (Manicbeancounter)

    When Keith Richards asks “Are More Alarming Studies Needed To Elicit Belief, Concern?” he is in agreement with the UNFCCC. In the Agreement at the end of COP21 Paris last December was this https://manicbeancounter.com/2015/12/13/no-global-plan-from-cop21-paris-to-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions/.

    21. Invites The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to prove a special report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming above 1.5C above pre-industrial levels ….

    That is, the UNIPCC have not come up with sufficient scary scenarios to frighten countries into introducing growth-destroying carbon-reduction policies in over two decades, so have three years to do a proper job.