Friday, October 12, 2007

EcoSpeak: Part 2 of an interview with climate scientist Sir John Houghton

Not much new, but still an interesting interview from an IPCC player.
We all consume far more than we need to; we buy things we don't really need; we replace things we don't need to replace; we don't buy things that will last us a long time etc. The market tells us to 'buy, buy, buy'. This is a problem! It's not just about climate change, it's about having a sustainable future – to achieve this, our modern consumerist mentality will have to change.
The media are too fond of putting over confrontation rather than genuine information. They have an enormous responsibility to tell people the facts and explain to people what its all about so that people are truly informed. Instead the media creates confrontation between people who are for and against a topic, including scraping up people who are sceptical about man-made climate change. The media doesn't do this about flat earth theory!
I wish he had further emphasized the impact this news structure has not just on environmental issues.  Plus once you get past man-made climate change acceptance, there are still plenty of issues within the topic that should be discussed (CO2's specific role, etc.) that are instead stymied.

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