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

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I think people all over the world aren't reacting to climate change like they did to covid-19 for numerous reasons.

The most alarming one, in my opinion is that many of us do not think climate change is real. I have met a lot of people who do not believe in science and noticed that humans are overly optimistic and do not easily believe bad news especially if they can't see its direct consequences, like in this case. Climate change and Covid-19 are both problems but people believe in the disease's existence more easily because they can witness the deaths caused by it.

Moreover, the media talk about Covid-19 more than they deal with climate change and its potential dangers. In my country, Tunisia there is a daily news report on deaths and new cases related to this disease whereas the global warming issue is uncared for.

This lack of awareness and public interest results in a lack of action for the environment.

I should finally note that Many countries, like Tunisia have a difficult economical situation that forces them to focus on quickly solving the biggest threat they are currently facing (the pandemic) to avoid crisis, thus neglecting long term problems like climate change.

To sum it up, citizens and gouvernements aren't quickly taking action for the environment compared to how they handled the pandemic because of a lack of awareness, disbelief in global warming and focusing too much on other important problems.

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  • global-conversation.png inspirational_artist | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    20 Apr 2021

    inspirational_artist here, I totally agree with your point and I really think most of the people just focus on what affects them directly, that's most probably why people don't give much attention to problems like climate change and to solve that, increasing media awareness on its effects and on how climate change is affecting them in their daily life and how it will lead to the devastation of the human race would make them change the way they view this crisis, we just need to ensure that the awareness is constant and effective.

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    1. global-conversation.png inspirational_thought | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
      inspirational_artist's comment 20 Apr 2021

      Thank you for sharing this.
      People can't easily imagine climate change's consequences so we need compains and media attention to make people understand and raise awareness.

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  • global-conversation.png idealistic_chocolate | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    20 Apr 2021

    Many people before the pandemic thought that their lives on this Earth is fine, no diseases that may spread quickly in such severity as Covid-19. Many people before were making from science and scientists jokes, believing that Climate Change is a lie but however it is not because they were busy in making money from the people's lungs by emission of CO2 and such gases. Awareness was a must before but people were busy memeing the NGOs and campaigns about climate change and its effects.

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    1. global-conversation.png inspirational_thought | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
      idealistic_chocolate's comment 20 Apr 2021

      To be an effective one, the change must come from everyone : citizens organizations, factories and gouvernements must work together to end all of this

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    2. global-conversation.png inspirational_artist | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      idealistic_chocolate's comment 21 Apr 2021

      Exactly, now is our chance to start with a consistent and well-built plan to raise awareness about climate change, for now after covid 19, many people will believe the disasters backed up with scientific researches after they had witnessed the catastrophes of one and how it negatively affected their lives.

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  • global-conversation.png intelligent_tamarind | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    20 Apr 2021

    I completely agree with you, and I think if we want to stop that, then at least everyone should start by himself/herself and stop the harmful action that impact the environment.
    For example :
    We can use three different baskets for garbage for plastic, papers, and the remaining food
    And it's very important to know that reducing plastic usage is very useful and effective
    Other than that using bicycles instead of cars or instead of everyone having his/her own car, each family can use one car or even the public transportation
    In these ways and more we can have done our job by reducing from this global problem.

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  • global-conversation.png committed_forest | Junior Secondary School, Gwagwalada | Nigeria
    20 Apr 2021

    I totally agree with your points alot of people take climate change to be a normal thing unknown to them it has alot of harmful effects.Just by calling corona virus people are afraid because they feel that only what they should

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    1. global-conversation.png inspirational_artist | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      committed_forest's comment 21 Apr 2021

      I agree and in my opinion, they view it carelessly just because they can't see it negatively affecting their daily lives and the disasters it brings along. Unlike covid, which had caused chaos in the world and spread fear in the hearts of the people just by hearing its name. All of this proves that we should raise awareness and inform the people on how climate change could be deadlier than covid, which will most definitely lead to the people being willing to do all they are asked but not go through anything like covid 19 again.

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        inspirational_artist's comment 21 Apr 2021

        Thanks for your useful contribution to this discussion. Raising awareness of climate change is a good way to demonstrate the seriousness of the situation. Can you think of some ways countries could raise awareness of climate change?

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        1. global-conversation.png inspirational_artist | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
          Melinda Jones @ Hogan Lovells's comment 30 Apr 2021

          Yes, of course, The main focus for countries, in my opinion, should be on making the citizens more knowledgeable on the topic of climate change and its aspects by making it part of their daily life, for the more it is a part of their daily life and the more they think of it, the more they will try to learn about it and how to stop it, one example is covid, now wherever you look, you'll see a sign that will remind you of the covid outbreak, hence you will pay more attention to staying safe. Thus, one way to assure awareness on climate change is, countries should start putting more effort into their climate change awareness campaign by broadcasting on television and social media platforms, constantly, short videos that show real-life examples of how climate change will slowly affect our way of life and prove that it will lead to disasters. Another method is, countries, after covid is no longer a concern, could host several events in their cities with large populations and a high greenhouse gas emission rate, that will be focusing around entertaining the citizens and at the same time informing them on climate change and how they could prevent it.

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  • global-conversation.png empowered_sea | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    21 Apr 2021

    I totally agree with you, in fact the problem you mentioned about countries focusing on the pandemic so that their economy do not shatter is very important. We experience it here in Lebanon too, it is sad that till now many countries don't actually believe that they should start caring more about their earth. People usually focus on what is hurting them at the very exact moment (the pandemic), and if it is something new. Plus social media sheds a lot of light on covid 19 leaving out climate change since it's not directly affecting them. If we take a look on the studies made for climate change in the upcoming years we might start sensing danger. Many precautions could be taken in order to stop this damage but people are not willing to work together in order to build back greener.

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    1. global-conversation.png inspirational_thought | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
      empowered_sea's comment 21 Apr 2021

      What are in your opinion the precautions that could be taken to limit the damage of global warming ?
      I think the solution to all of this will come from the evolution of technology.
      Poverty and hunger were problems that emerged in the last century due to overpopulation and people predicted if overpopulation continued increasing at that rate, these problems would become unsolvable but here we are today: with the modernization of agriculture, food became more affordable and cheaper and extreme poverty largely decreased despite of the world population going from approximately 3 billion people in 1960 to more than 7 billion people today.
      Humans can find solutions to any problem. We tamed the most dangerous animals, built huge buildings, reached the moon and completely changed our planet so I think with some patience perseverance and a little bit of creativity, we will be able to solve the climate change problem and fix our planet.
      Data shows that most carbon dioxide emissions come from energy production and more specifically fossil fuels so all we have to do is find other ways to make energy then invest our time effort and research into those alternatives.
      What do you think ? What are the alternatives that we can think of?

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

        Great focus on problem-solving. I would argue that poverty is still a very big problem around the world and is getting worse in some countries.

        Do you think enough time and effort is going into researching alternatives to fossil fuels? How could we encourage people to make this a priority?

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  • global-conversation.png joyful_desert | Rel Khadhra Preparatory School | Tunisia
    21 Apr 2021

    From my point of view, climate change has results that are not timely and rapid it’s sign appears over time .While COVID-19 is a fast and rapidly spreading sign and it’s impact appears on humanity in short period of time.Citizens fell the dangers of pollution on the ozone hole .Online COVID_19 is considered a pandemic that causes dear for many people all around the world .It is something that quickly changed human lifestyle completely .They changed their health protocole to protect themselves and people around them .I think that we have to blâme the media for what is happening .Since , the beginning of the pandemic ,all tv channels ,all radios,all newspapers have given this topic much importance .Yet no one spoke about the climate change and the environment as they have done with the COVID .

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

      Can you think of reasons why it's important that the media covers covid-19 thoroughly?

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  • global-conversation.png accurate_squid | New Tafo M/A (CRIG) JHS | Ghana
    21 Apr 2021

    This would make the people well informed to avoid misinformation

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  • global-conversation.png jovial_sea | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
    21 Apr 2021

    I think many people all over the world are not reacting to climate change as they did to COVID-19 because many of us do not believe that climate change is real.
    Moreover, COVID-19 is a fast spreading disease which made people pay much attention on it and reacted on it quickly than they did to climate change.

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  • global-conversation.png fierce_information | Rel Khadhra Preparatory School | Tunisia
    21 Apr 2021

    People aren't reacting to climate change as quickly as they did for covid-19 because they think that covid-19 is more dangerous and causes more deaths . Indeed , he changed our lives . How ?? People will work and study virtually , wear masks when they see other persons and go out . Land pollution increase because of the over use of the masks , priorities becomes health and being healthy and factories and markets are closed . All of these changes happened to protect others and ourselves . But the climate change is another issue . It only affects flora and fauna and most humans don't care about them . People aren't aware of its importance in their lives as they can't see people dying of it . That is why people aren't reacting to climate change as quickly as they dit for covid-19

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  • global-conversation.png humorous_llama | Rel Khadhra Preparatory School | Tunisia
    21 Apr 2021

    🪴🌲The world lost interest in environmental issues after the current pandemic . So, we see that people did not react to environmental pollution as they reacted to the Corona pandemic, and this is due to the fear of perdition which threatens their desire for immortality, so when we say deadly disease, everybody adheres to the rules and cares. Nobody want to lose his life. Because many think that Corona virus has a direct impact on human beings Unlike environmental pollution that affects only the environment . Which is wrong because that polluted place is the one in which we are going to live , which means the risk of suffering from skin and chronic diseases ,yet the ability of suffering from famine on account of the death of plants due to the climate deterioration and thus the death of animals.Then, we must pay more attention to the issue of the environment, as it may cause enormous flora and fauna and even human losses .🌲🌄

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    1. global-conversation.png storytelling_globe | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      humorous_llama's comment 27 Apr 2021

      True, but I think people lost their interest about environmental issues far time ago, before the pandemic even

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  • global-conversation.png storytelling_globe | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    27 Apr 2021

    I shared my opinion of this phenomenon before on another post, but I think resharing it here would be useful, we people care about shortterm effects more than longterm, but when these longterm effects become shortterm, people will really be scared about them and will try to find solutions

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    1. global-conversation.png inspirational_thought | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
      storytelling_globe's comment 28 Apr 2021

      I Agree with you storytelling_globe.
      We, people don't like to project into the future if it is full of negativity. However, negativity in the present cannot be ignored because it causes a visible harm.For example, too many people eat junk food and say it's not that big of a deal. No those people are WRONG.When cancer or deadly disease enters their life because of those bad habits,they say they are ready to do anything to get rid of their sickness.To those I say :"you should have seen the long-term effects of your action. Now it is too late." So let us not be like those people and think always about the short and the long-term consequences of all our actions before making them. Thanks for sharing your opinion.
      However I would still argue that climate change has already caused devastating harm to our planet: extreme weathers(consecutive years of drought and floodings), extinction of dozens of animal and plant species,rise of the sea level, and the depletion of the ozone layer.
      All those effects of climate change are visible today but people still aren't scared enough to find solutions. So how do you think we can raise awareness about this issue and encourage people to start taking action for the climate?
      Thanks for reading.

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        inspirational_thought's comment 28 Apr 2021

        You've communicated in a clear way giving examples to help frame your thinking.

        You say that people aren't scared enough yet to act around climate change. Could it be that they have higher priorities that they are more concerned about. For example, feeding their families, working, education etc?

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  • global-conversation.png inspirational_thought | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    28 Apr 2021

    Thank you.
    I think our world is constantly filling up with problems that are more difficult to solve than the previous ones so the best way to handle all the issues in my opinion is to divide tasks between us instead of some people doing All the work Without getting to satisfy everyone

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