Where's Captain Planet When You Need Him?

Posted on 05. Nov, 2009 by in John Smock, Uncategorized

Uh-oh.

Apparently, some Americans are backtracking on that whole save-the-earth thing.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, over the last year, the number of Americans who believe that global temperatures are rising has falleearthn off.

In April of 2008, 44% of Americans said global warming was a serious problem. In the poll, which came out at the end of October, that number had dropped to 35%.

In 2008, nearly half of Americans believed that human behavior was partly to blame for rising global temperatures. That number is now at 36%.

This is is baffling for so many different reasons. First, it makes me think that¬† NO ONE ELSE is tearing up at this Noah Wyle-narrated PSA with the polar bears. I mean, come on. It’s on TV all the time.¬† Am I the only one with a heart?

Second, and(arguably) more important, it means that the uphill climb toward saving the environment just got a little steeper. If we can’t even get people to understand what’s happening with global warming, well, that just makes it that much harder to get people to make practical changes in their lives.

What’s it going to take to get people back on track? Do you think the melting of century-old glaciers on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro might do the trick?

Because, oh yeah, we’ve got that now.

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