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Denial October 17, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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This surprises me not at all:

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll finds that while people are convinced of the problems of climate change, they are less convinced about measures to combat global warming. And there is a substantial chunk of voters who exhibit some degree of scepticism about climate change and/or the measures proposed by Government to tackle it.

And:

Asked if they agree with the statement “I don’t think climate change will be as bad as some people say so I’m not that worried about it”, half of farmers agreed, while just 34 per cent disagreed.
Overall, only a third of voters agree – but that rises towards 40 per cent among voters in rural areas, the over-65s and among the least well-off voters. Forty-one per cent of Fianna Fáil voters agree.

Yet it makes sense. One of the aspects of the issue – and this is not a novel observation, is the timelines within which it is framed. They are so long that it is difficult even if one is exercised by the situation that the sense of it being possible, even if necessary, to push back against climate change seems difficult, if not indeed impossible.

Extinction Rebellion gets a bad rap in places, and for some very valid reasons. Yet one aspect of it, even if overblown, that might be a positive is the injection of some urgency into the deliberations around these matters. The approaches they champion are likely impossible to implausible in the short to medium term. Yet they allow for less challenging, yet still enormously challenging, responses to come into sharper focus.

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1. Mick 2 - October 18, 2019

“The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll finds that while people are convinced of the problems of climate change, they are less convinced about measures to combat global warming.”

That’s Leahy’s write-up, but the statements to which those polled were asked to respond are rooted in fundamental misconceptions about the crisis and any meaningful solutions, so it’s not that enlightening a poll. One of the statements is “The Government should spend more money on tackling climate change and less money on public services”, as if the two propositions are mutually exclusive in a “where’s the money going to come from?” zero-sum game. If I had to choose to agree or disagree with that statement, I would disagree. The statements are generally premised on the primacy of the individual’s (consumer’s) efforts. The poll was published a week after the Guardian’s article on the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions.

Also, the Farmers Journal and the IFA have a lot to answer for.

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WorldbyStorm - October 19, 2019

Great points, agree, the framing is fairly suspect.

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