Climate change has become as one of the most controversial issues for the 21st century. What began as a mere matter of scientific thought during the 1800s, and became a situation of strife for intergovernmental negotiations in the 20th century, is now a very hot topic in the present-day social and political society.
According to science, our planet is heating up and that it will continue in the future, causing greater harm. Despite this, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center when asked about the major threats to their country, only 56% of Americans consider climate change to be one. If science is certain and the evidence is real, why are there still many people who don’t believe it?
Scientific vs political perception of climate change
Interestingly, many analysts suggest that in the US, the acceptance of climate change boils down to the people’s belief and that political affiliation can somehow have an influence on the views regarding it. The results of the aforementioned survey show that public concern for climate change appears to be somewhat rowdy as the people’s response change depending on what’s happening or what’s being shown in the news.
- Some think that varying political views have brought about people who deny and disbelieve climate change, thus distorting the majority’s opinion about climate change. Aside from that, the difference in professional culture and own values also have an effect.
At present, the political division on climate issues continues beyond notions about whether or not it is really happening or whether or not we humans are causing it. These issues extend to both sides of the climate change debate, and even far beyond people’s trust in the reason why scientists are conducting research.
- Oftentimes, the issue of climate change is considered to be a sore point to the political right. Almost everyone in the scientific community believes that human activities are the greatest contributors to global warming and climate change and that without any work to prevent it, we are now approaching toward greater doom in the future.
- On the other hand, their political critics argue that this issue of climate change is merely in a way deduced theoretically rather than being actually and empirically observed. Aside from that, these people think that such conclusion by the scientific community is just another political racket to make themselves appear more privileged and secluded from “common” people. This is further aggravated by Trump’s stance reflecting the mutual intolerance between the scientific community and their critics.
The real issue here
Aside from the political beliefs regarding climate change, the real issue here is the people’s concern about it. According to a study, regardless of their political views, the percentage of Americans who are concerned with the issue, are more likely to consider it settled and believe that humans really are a major threat, and are likely to believe in scientific conclusions.
While there is a distinct correspondence between a scientist’s knowledge about climate change, and the influence of human activities on it, such does not seem to matter to the public. And this is just very sad.