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Why aren’t people reacting to climate change as quickly as they did to covid-19?

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  • To help answer this question, think about how urgent climate change is.
  • We want to hear about your experience where you live. The best comments will answer the question and explain why your experiences have led to your opinion. For example, I live in the UK where climate change doesn't cause as many deaths as covid-19, so people don't see such a direct and shocking impact...
  • A cluster conversation is small group of 30 schools that you will get to know really well. Try to reply to other people, ask questions about their answers and learn more about what life is like where they live.
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Comments (21)

  • global-conversation.png sensitive_effort | Dinajpur High School | Bangladesh
    18 Apr 2021

    I think people are not reacting to climate change as they are reacting to covid-19 because they aren't getting the bad effect of climate change quickly in comparison to covid-19. Again, in my area, where I live, dinajpur Bangladesh, most of the people are careless regarding covid-19 let alone climate change ! Instead of that some people who are careful about covid-19 became careful after hearing the death rolls due to covid in news. We see polluting environment and climate change impacts badly after a certain or long time. Thus people are unable to feel the impact of climate change compared to covod-19. Thats the reason I stand for !!!

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    1. global-conversation.png warm_independence | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      sensitive_effort's comment 21 Apr 2021

      I agree with you. People, especially in the third world countries, do not pay real attention to the environment, and they engage in destructive behavior against Mother Nature. This is due to the lack of education and awareness of environmental issues. My sister and I are keen to learn about what the French president always comes up with in his conferences, since he is very interested in the issue of global warming and climate change and is trying to keep the ice in the poles from melting. I wish that my country of Palestine would pay the same attention as France and the countries of the first world.

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  • global-conversation.png champion_octopus | Dinajpur High School | Bangladesh
    18 Apr 2021

    I think people are not reacting as quickly to climate change because climate change process is a slow process but covid-19 spreading randomly. I live in Dinajpur, Bangladesh. I notice that most of the people of Bangladesh are not conscious about environmental issues. people know about corona virus man to man or many of social media. But about climate effects can not viral as covid-19. That's why people are not reacting as quickly to climate change, I think so!!

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  • global-conversation.png hardworking_orange | Dinajpur High School | Bangladesh
    19 Apr 2021

    According to my opinion we know that the main cause of climate change is greenhouse gases. Generally greenhouse gases are produced in the daily life of the people due to various reasons including cutting down trees and using huge amonnt of industry. And these are the resons why our climate changes. At present,due the epidemic called covid-19, human activities have been stoppedfor a long time. And for all this various bad effects including greenhouse are reduced. As a result,a good and comfortable environment is created now. So i think people are not reacting as quickly to climate change.. . . I live in Bangladesh.

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  • global-conversation.png imaginative_currant | Dinajpur High School | Bangladesh
    19 Apr 2021

    In my point of view, the main reason for 'people reacting less to climate change' because of the visual effects caused by climate change is too little and harming us slowly compared to covid-19. People have taken this as a normal and insignificant problem just because it happens every year. I live in Bangladesh, where approximately 166 million people are living in an area of 147,000 square km. During the period 1999–2018, it ranked seventh in the list of countries most affected by climate calamities. A group of people thinks that the destructions like floods, cyclones, droughts etc. are natural, as it is caused by nature and it isn’t their liability. If we look back, 2nd march of 1998, the strongest earthquake happened in Bangladesh and it caused 2 deaths. In 2020, at least 62 people have died in Bangladesh due to floods caused by monsoon. But, around 10,385 people died because of coronavirus in a single year. Which means the number of deaths are also a subject of importance here.

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    1. global-conversation.png warm_independence | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      imaginative_currant's comment 22 Apr 2021

      These numbers and pieces of information are eye-opening. You seem to be well-educated about your country when it comes to this topic, and I was glad to read your comment. I send prayers to all people of Bangladesh.

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  • global-conversation.png polite_cello | Dinajpur High School | Bangladesh
    20 Apr 2021

    I think people are reacting on climate change because of immediate action. Climate change effecting on thr earth and indirectly on human slowly but surely. Climate change is a change in the pattern of weather, it take more tha hundred years to get bad effect on weather. On the other hand Cvid-19 is a new disease with current action. It's is effecting on human body and processing suffer to death. More than thousands people are dying and millions are effecting on it all over the world. The other people who are not getting covid-19 awaring by watching this. In my country, Bangladesh has warm weather with very large number of population most of the people are careless about covid-19 let alone climate change. People are not seeing and realizing the effect of climate change but covid-19 effect is visible. People are are always living in panic and it’s effecting on effected and non-effected people both.
    This is my opinion on reacting on covid-19 compare to climate change.

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  • global-conversation.png hardworking_wombat | Dinajpur High School | Bangladesh
    21 Apr 2021

    According to me, I think Bangladesh has a very good mindful effect about Covid - 19. So there are no warning about climate change. Cause how many peoples are being affected and dying over Covid - 19 everyday. Then there how many people are being affected and dying due to climate change. This things has a worst aspects on climate change. As Example, cutting out trees in jungle or any other places, the smokes of factories. For this kind of things many natural disasters happend in past. There are many news reported about Covid - 19 in different media platforms. But there are no activation about the deaths which due to climate change. The news doesn’t show to ordinary peoples. If this things doesn’t show up infront of people’s, they will be not aware about that. So we are not able to realize about the climate change things compared to Covid - 19 in Bangladesh, where i live in.

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  • global-conversation.png unbiased_fossil | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    21 Apr 2021

    In my opinion, one of the main reasons behind this is the media in all it forms. When covid-19 started to spread, people followed everything about it. It was all the news we can watch and comment on at T.v, radio and social media.
    On the other hand, climate change is rarely discussed or emphasized as much as covid-19.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      unbiased_fossil's comment 21 Apr 2021

      If people want to hear everything about something (like covid-19), is it the media's responsibility to tell them?

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      1. global-conversation.png unbiased_fossil | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tiff @ the BNC's comment 21 Apr 2021

        Not exactly, but the emphasis of media increases the chances of people getting involved.
        Whether we agree or not, it's one of the main sources to get information. Then it's our job to believe or not.

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  • global-conversation.png amazing_brain | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    21 Apr 2021

    I think this is due to the lack of awareness among people concerning the impact of climate change. People tend to react to immediate effects. While climate change may not affected them directly, its effects can't be undone as easily as covid-19's.

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  • global-conversation.png unbiased_fossil | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    21 Apr 2021

    I think one of the biggest fears of humans is death, and when covid-19 was directly associated and led to it, the impact was greater and the response was immediate.

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  • global-conversation.png active_cello | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    21 Apr 2021

    1-I think because climate change has not done any harm to humans or their lives right now

    2-The opposite happened with the Covid 19 virus, as it has a direct effect on the human being, and the person wants to protect himself from the risk of death. This is an obvious matter.

    3-Also, as is evident, the death rate resulting from Covid 19 is very high, but the death rate due to climate change is non-existent

    4-We must take this into account even if there is no death rate from climate change, but with time this thing will have a death rate and become a danger. Therefore, this problem must be solved before it becomes a real threat.

    5-For example, in (Jerusalem) there is no trace of climate change and there are no deaths.

    6-But after several years, the risk of death due to the climate may become close to the rate of Covid 19.

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  • global-conversation.png quiet_queen | Dinajpur High School | Bangladesh
    22 Apr 2021

    I think the most pepole are not gettins us quickly to the coronavirus. Is this coronavirus global wich is affecting all of us and nearly the whole world. I live in Bangladesh, in this place where i live in i think that the people do not reack to the problem of climate change. Because prpole are not aware of the seriousness of the situation despite the huge numbers of deaths..

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  • global-conversation.png warm_independence | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Apr 2021

    Thank you for bringing up this interesting topic. We as young people really hope to see him grab the headlines and talk about it more. <br>
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    People do not feel the impact of climate change as they feel brutalized by COVID-19. <br>
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    The difference is that COVID-19 was faster and its results appeared faster than the results of climate change.&nbsp; It is a disease that entered the lungs of many of those we know, and may be ours. Which means that it is tangible harm and we have experience with it. <br>
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    &nbsp;As for climate change, its effects appear in the long term, and we, for example, are not aware of what is happening in the ice at the poles, and we do not see this thing with our eyes, and we may not go any further in trying to find out what is happening there. <br>
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    I live in Palestine, and I have always asked my dad different questions concerning how the temperature of summer was back in the 80&apos;s and 70&apos;s. His response is that the temperature was way much less than it is today, and summer was nice. That&apos;s why I asked my dad to stop burning plastic. <br>
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    But COVID-19 is heavily inserted in our heads, so we hardly find a radio station, channel, or Facebook page that does not write or talk about it less than 3 times at least a day!! ... If this intimidation happened to the issue of climate change, we would all pay attention to our actions and limit the destructive behavior we act against our environment.

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  • global-conversation.png warm_independence | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Apr 2021

    Thank you for bringing up this interesting topic. We as young people really hope to see him grab the headlines and talk about it more.

    People do not feel the impact of climate change as they feel brutalized by COVID-19.

    The difference is that COVID-19 was faster and its results appeared faster than the results of climate change. It is a disease that entered the lungs of many of those we know, and may be ours. Which means that it is tangible harm and we have experience with it.

    As for climate change, its effects appear in the long term, and we, for example, are not aware of what is happening in the ice at the poles, and we do not see this thing with our eyes, and we may not go any further in trying to find out what is happening there.

    I live in Palestine, and I have always asked my dad different questions concerning how the temperature of summer was back in the 80's and 70's. His response is that the temperature was way much less than it is today, and summer was nice. That's why I asked my dad to stop burning plastic.

    But COVID-19 is heavily inserted in our heads, so we hardly find a radio station, channel, or Facebook page that does not write or talk about it less than 3 times at least a day!! ... If this intimidation happened to the issue of climate change, we would all pay attention to our actions and limit the destructive behavior we act against our environment.

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  • global-conversation.png hopeful_construction | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Apr 2021

    everyone! Hello
    Corona these days threatened the world to kill people indifferently young or old, so people became interested in wearing a mask, gloves and paying attention to safety measures, not interested in climate change because the lives of their loved ones are more important than climate change.
    Corona also negatively affected every aspect of our life socially mentally and economically. So, life after corona will never be the same as before corona.

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  • global-conversation.png caring_theory | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
    22 Apr 2021

    Because Covid is a deadly disease and is killing people within a second but climate change will take a long time before it will react and if care is not taken it will destroy the world than Covid and even in my country Ghana when it was in the rainy season it didn't rain but when we were in the dry season it rain heavily so this is an example of change in climate.

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  • global-conversation.png warm_independence | Salfit High Basic Boys School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Apr 2021

    Everyone rushes to solutions when the problem worsens quickly as the COVID. However, we are not educating enough about environmental issues. I think that news channels, internet pages, radio and social media should intensify the talk about the ozone hole and the amount of forests that are being cut down daily. Schools, colleges, and workplaces should quickly replace paper with electronic devices.

    COVID's damage will not change people's lives as much the harm of eliminating the causes of climate change will.
    Think of asking some religions to stop burning the dead people using tons of wood, or trying to persuade factory owners to start treating toxic gases before they are released into the air... that would be expensive. Therefore, they will not risk solving the problem, they will pretend not to see it ... it will not affect them today anyways.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg upbeat_acorn | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    26 Apr 2021

    I think people are not reacting to climate change as quickly as COVID-19 because when corona started it grew and grew on the news and in my opinion I think the news makes it seem worse then the actual thing. This will make people attention draw to COVID and draw away from climate change. Also climate change effects different countries in different ways. As some places are getting hotter as some are getting colder. Some don’t get affected as bad as others.
    Thank you for reading. :)
    upbeat_acorn

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