Who cares about Climate Change? Global Warming? Apparently, we don’t.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 22, 2009
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A recent poll shows that Climate Change (a more accurate term for Global Warming) ranks dead last in priorities for Americans—who do however rank ‘the environment’ and ‘energy’ among their chief concerns, both of which are intimately connected, as is ‘the economy’ to the fact that even a few degrees’ shift and we’re sunk—as well as the fact that creating millions of domestic-based green (solar, wind…) jobs could solve a whole host of problems.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Who cares about Climate Change? Global Warming? Apparently, we don’t.”

  1. Thanks for this it is really interesting.

    But let me get this straight, I just want to make sure I am understanding this poll and if the American’s that took the poll did as well.
    Maybe I am beating a dead dog with a stick here…

    Climate change is inevitable as it has followed cycles over millions of years basically since the dawn of time. Global warming is one aspect or factor of climate change. Now we know that the levels of global warming we are experiencing now are not normal climate changes. We have scientific proof that the levels of emissions from cars and factories, cow farts, etc… are causing global warming at alarming rates. The earth is heating up and all that heat is stuck in our atmosphere and is causing catastrophic weather changes.

    Maybe the pollsters are not understanding the consequence of global warming and what effects it or maybe they are smarter than we think and took climate change for what it really means, a change in climate. Or maybe they just measure the health of our earth on the basis of our economy- which is a really scary thought because it seems we have come so far with environmental education.

    I have no idea just throwing this out there…

  2. one more thing, I would think that global warming or climate change would be included in the environment category.