According to a survey from last year, 54% of Americans do not think global warming will impact their life in a major way. It’s easy to understand why people are so relaxed about climate change when you look at the Tweets rapidly fired off by our President.
In fact, Donald Trump is one of the biggest naysayers when it comes to climate change – calling it a “hoax”.
As a result, the election of Donald Trump shifted the focus away from climate change. Since he’s been in offer we have withdrawn from the 2015 Paris climate accord and removed climate change from the list of the top U.S. national security threats.
Not to mention, the terms “global warming” and “climate change” have been completely removed from all U.S. government websites and vocabularies.
That being said, they are plenty of concerned citizens – like the 43% of Americans who said they worry about global warming a “great deal,” and the 20% who said they worry about it a “fair amount.”
Even more concerning is the overwhelming majority of scientists who are very concerned about climate change. A 2013 major peer-reviewed study found that over 97% of climate scientists agree that global warming is a real thing and human activity plays a big role in it.
Hence, why so many concerned citizens are fighting back against people who don’t believe in climate change… and their responses are HILARIOUSLY accurate. Here are some of our favorite comebacks.
Definition of weather: The state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.
Definition of climate: The weather conditions in an area in general or over a long period.
According to the majority of scientists, climate change is real and deserves our attention now. In fact, 15,000 scientists signed an open letter stating that we must make swift and drastic changes to address the pressing issues related to climate change.
“Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory… time is running out.” the letter reads.
A study released by the World Bank predicted that over 143 million people will become displaced by the year 2050. They say that this displacement will occur in 3 developing regions in which residents are forced to move to escape climate related issues.
Florida is not located in a developing region, but it’s a good example of how changing weather could impact where people live in the state. It’s possible that many costal Floridians will be forced to move to other parts of the US to escape the impact of climate change in the coming years.
“Increasingly, we are seeing climate change become an engine of migration, forcing individuals, families and even whole communities to seek more viable and less vulnerable places to live,” writes World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva.
“Our study indicates that if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93 per cent chance that global warming will exceed 4°C by the end of this century,” said Dr. Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science and the co-author of a major study related to climate change.
So, what can we do to reverse the problem before it’s too late? While there are things we can as individuals to help, the majority of the burden is placed on the Planet by major corporations who are run by money and greed instead of compassion and care for the Earth.
It’s not just corporations that need to act, local jurisdictions must take action as well.
“Steps cities take to cope with the upward trend of arrivals from rural areas and to improve opportunities for education, training and jobs will pay long-term dividends,” writes Georgieva.