Hey humans! We’re dying here!
Today marks what might well be the largest international protest in the planet’s history, involving some 170 nations (including Afghanistan). It’s target: global heating.
It is sponsored by 350.org, named after the level of atmospheric carbon in parts per million deemed to be the tipping point of catastrophic climate change. The fact that we are already at 387ppm underscores the urgency of getting off our carbon baked butts and changing our evil, planet destroying ways NOW.
Amy Goodman interviewed two leading climate change activists on her show today, one of whom helped produce the event. The vid is a bit large to load but you can watch it here.
Meanwhile, the energy industry funded climate change denial campaign has succeeded in reducing the percentage of Americans who believe that climate change is occurring, and that humans are at least partially at fault. According to a new poll by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press:
Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.S. and world forums gear up for possible action against climate change.
Another Pew poll done back in April showed an interesting difference between people who describe themselves as religious and non-religious:
The Pew survey of more than 1,500 people found that non-religious people were highly inclined to believe there is solid evidence the earth is warming and that humans are responsible for it.
The group least likely to accept the reality of human-made global warming are white evangelicals.
Thirty-one per cent of U.S. white evangelicals do not believe there is solid evidence the earth is warming.
Only 34 per cent of U.S. white evangelicals accept pollution is leading to higher temperatures.
It’s a sign the wedge between evangelicals and many other North Americans remains firmly in place.
In contrast, the Pew Forum poll shows 58 per cent of those Americans who are religiously unaffiliated believe humans are causing global warming, while only 18 per cent believe the planet is not heating up.
And for a ‘kitchen table’ approach to reducing global heating, see
To Cut Global Warming, Swedes Study Their Plates in today’s NY Times.
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