Saturday, February 06, 2010

heads in the sand

I’m hugely depressed by the “findings” of the BBC News’s latest poll on climate change. As recently as last November, a poll by The Times indicated that only 41% of the UK population acknowledged that climate change was happening and that it was generally established that it was largely man-made. Frighteningly, this figure (based on a February 2010 poll conducted by Populus) has now reduced to a paltry 26% - in other words, only one-in-four of British people!
What on earth is wrong with people in this country? Have they decided that our cold winter means that global warming (I hate this description) couldn’t possibly be happening? Thanks to so-called “science flaws”, do they really think that researchers have manipulated ALL the scientific data? Will the main political parties all decide that, because of its apparent low ranking in the eyes of the general public, they should concentrate on other issues which might attract more votes?
It’s almost as if the general public are saying “if we don’t acknowledge that climate change is happening, then perhaps it will just go away”?
Time is running out fast…. hello, is anybody listening out there?

1 comment:

just Gai said...

Ostriches burying their heads in the sand is the image that comes to mind.

The way I see it is that people won't countenance any change to the pattern of life that they have grown to know and love. They are just not prepared to compromise, or atleast not until everyone else does. Very few are prepared to make the first move.

The tragedy of it is that, as our Archbishop said in Southwark last year, if we were to give it ago we would rediscover the humanity and community that we have sacrificed for the sake of unrestricted 'progress' and would be infinitely the better for it.

Disheartening though these statistics are, we musn't give up. There's too much at stake.