Bringing Awareness to the Urgency of Global Warming

Global warming has been on our minds for quite some time now. For most of us, global warming is transforming from an important but a distant concern to something more pressing. Numerous media outlets and social media outlets are constantly updating the urgency of climate change (Have a look at the Climate Symphony and the Carbon Clock). Many public figures have also gotten on board to spread their advocacy to bring about change to mitigate global warming. Our participation in curbing climate change is now. We should do our part to pay attention to and change our habits to control the carbon emissions to help curtail global warming.

Although there is a vast amount of information and resounding evidence indicating the reality of global warming, studies demonstrate we are not having the necessary dialogue about it. According to a survey conducted, a majority of the people (greater than 70% in foreign countries and higher than 65% in America) are worried that they and their families will be negatively affected by global warming in their lifetime. Even though they are worried about the consequences, even the most environmentally conscious participants rarely discuss the issue of global warming. A social psychologist, Nathaniel Geiger, in his paper “Climate of Silence: Pluralistic Ignorance as a Barrier to Climate Change Discussion” describes the lack of communication as a “spiral of silence.” An effect that perpetuates a diversion from discussing climate change due to the notion that people around us are not worried by global warming. We have to overcome this misconception so that more people have the climate change discussion thus enacting a change in their daily practices leading to a reduced carbon footprint.

There have been encouraging actions taken by large companies to moderate their carbon emissions. Some major companies are moving towards environmentally friendly exercises in their manufacturing and distribution. Recently Cathay Pacific, the flagship airlines of Hong Kong, switched to biofuels to cut carbon emissions and Deutsche Bank, the largest German bank, announced it would stop financing coal projects to tackle global warming. These are examples of major companies transforming their operations to combat climate change. We should make people aware of the actual practices implemented by these enterprises and voice our concerns so that other businesses are encouraged to take action.

Environmentally conscious individuals are also doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint. From the choice of food to a mode of transportation, people are making mindful decisions that can control their negative impact on the environment. Growing your vegetables and being aware of the production practices of the food you consume to preferring cycling to a shorter distance over cars and choosing trains over planes where possible are some ways people are attempting to curb their carbon footprint. Tell other people what you are doing to make a difference. Publicize your efforts on all your social networking platforms; initiate the conversation. Urge them to change their habits that may be damaging to the environment.

Innovation and technology will attempt to discover methods to overcome climate change and preserve the environment. We can adapt with the new discoveries while doing our part to protect our planet. But, it is evident an economic and cultural shift from our current dependence on carbon emitting energy sources is required. We have to convince people to embrace an ideology that is radically different from relying on fossil fuels. So start the propaganda, tell everybody you know about global warming and ask them to spread the word as well.