If you still don’t think that climate change is a ‘thing,’ you’re among a very small fraction of the world.
Things like political campaigns, propaganda, denial, and ignorance have some convinced that the whole thing is a made-up phenomenon.
Now, it’s not just the scientific facts and evidence of global warming that the skeptics are up against.
They now have to fight the collective opinion of pretty much, well, the entire world.
A new poll by the United Nations – conducted on June 6 – found that more than 90 per cent of the word’s population wants zero carbon emissions. They agree that the upcoming international climate treaty – to be signed in Paris this December – should have a long-term goal of zero carbon emissions. This comes at a time when the burning of oil, gas, and coal has contributed to record-high global temperatures.
Close to 80 per cent of the 10,000 global citizens polled reported being “very concerned” about climate change. Close to 70 per cent also see action to fight climate change as an opportunity to improve their quality of life.
In both the rich and poor countries, similar numbers of people were concerned with the global climate crisis.
Seventy-eight per cent of respondents said that the wealthiest counties should pony up more than the agreed-upon $100 billion per year by 2020 to reimburse emerging economies for a variety of environmental impacts, like droughts, storms, and loss of harvests.
When asked which instruments they thought were most effective to reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions, 77 per cent chose education programs on climate for a broader public.
The participants were carefully selected to represent the earth’s population.