World leaders must know that climate change is scaring the shit out of people (infographic)

Most Americans say climate change will destroy Earth in their lifetime
Most Americans say climate change will destroy Earth in their lifetime. This Infographic is free to use by anybody under an unconditional Creative Commons licence. Click on the image to go to its original and then right click on that image to download it if you wish.
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It seems to me that the people who have the power to do something about curbing climate change are not taking it seriously enough judging by the fact that they’ve been talking about it for almost 30 years and yet climate change is still getting worse as I type this. Thirty years to do something really tangible but abject failure on the biggest problem that has ever faced the planet in its 4.54-billion-year life which has been catastrophically mismanaged by humans who’ve been in the current form for under 200,000 years.

The inaugural Conference of the Parties (COP) took place in 1995 in Berlin, and subsequent COPs have occurred across various cities in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. In 1997, years after its inception, COP 3 in Kyoto established the first legally binding protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In the meantime, a survey of how people feel about climate change indicates genuine fears and anxieties about the gradual destruction of the planet with many in America – according to this study – believing that the planet will be destroyed in their lifetime. This is a hidden anxiety that people carry inside them all the time. This can’t be good for anything: our health, our productivity and so on.

The study, carried out by Talker Research, involved a random opt-in survey distributed equally among 100 individuals per state (5000 in all), inquiring whether they thought climate change would have a more significant impact on their state compared to others.

The relevance to cats is significant. If humankind is killed off, so too will all wildlife and domestic animals.

Is global warming getting worse?

Yes, global warming is getting worse. Here’s some evidence:

  • Rising Temperatures: The average global temperature has been rising for over a century, with the hottest years on record all occurring in the past two decades [1].
  • Faster Rate of Warming: The rate of warming is accelerating, with the last few decades showing a much faster increase in temperature than previous periods [1].
  • Extreme Weather Events: We’re seeing more frequent and intense heatwaves, droughts, floods, and wildfires, all linked to climate change [3].

There is a strong scientific consensus that human activity, primarily greenhouse gas emissions, is the primary driver of global warming.

While the situation is serious, it’s important to remember that we can still take action to mitigate climate change.

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