Best Way to Address Someone Who Is Doubtful About Climate Change

Convincing someone on any subject is a difficult job. Every person believes that they are right, which is why the world has so many opinions and opinions within opinions. Climate change is a subject that has been largely debated since the 1990s, although Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius talked about this almost a century ago.

The issue materialised itself as a global concern in the 90s when people started taking notice of the global changes that human activity was making. The believers in climate change were lesser in numbers before but as people started to study the subject for themselves, a lot more have started to address the problem and find alternate ways to facilitate the cleaning of the earth.

Today’s struggle for the people who know climate change is true is convincing the others. There are certain steps that one should take when addressing someone who does not believe in climate change. The objective here is to educate and not impose.

If you believe in something and another person tries to impose their belief on you, you will be offended and will automatically despise the subject under discussion. Here is how to go about it the right way:

Find some common ground

If you start a conversation with a divergent viewpoint, it will keep on diverging until one of the people discussing the matter gets offended and leaves. The key is to start with some common ground and lead that up to civil and common discussion.

Being humble and actually listening to someone else’s point of view helps both, in establishing trust and driving the discussion forward. You can always find a common ground to connect on, with topics such as women’s rights, poverty issues, and economic issues.

Do not steer away

Keep the conversation on track even when the other person does not want to accept any statistical data from sources. Talk about how climate change prevention methods will help the economy. Giving examples of current events related to climate change prevention that have allowed economic stability for many countries is a good idea.

Germany’s national feed-in-tariff program has decided to increase renewable energy usage and has given most of the renewable facilities in the hands of farmers and local workers who are running them well and have allowed the country to save up a lot in power.

Help people to lower their transaction costs

Small costs such as buying a new water bottle every time you are thirsty and using disposable grocery bags all pose a threat to the environment as they create non-biodegradable waste. Gifting your friends a reusable water bottle or asking them to use a reusable grocery bag is just a small step, but small steps become habits and habits form opinions.

Be a good example

A person talking about climate change, but throwing their trash on the sidewalk, will not be a believable person. Act on what you believe and people will understand the benefits of being careful with climate change problems.
Keep your house clean and have a recyclable items bin near your place so that people understand that you take what you talk about seriously. It might just rub off on them.

Obama and his impact on Climate Change

As Barack Obama leaves the white house after serving as the president of the United States for 8 strong years, a survey was recently conducted asking people about how they think Obama has impacted the world regarding climate change.

It was no secret that Obama supported the climate agenda and had seriously had a hand in creating awareness on the subject. Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also one of the major supporters of the cause, visited the White House and went as far as saying that people who do not believe in climate change have no place in the White House.

With recently released photos from NASA and the drastic climate changes taking places in parts of South Asia, people are much more aware of the drastic affects that they and their carbon footprint is having on Earth.

The survey included a vote where people were asked to rate Obama’s impact on the climate agenda. The scale was from 1 to 5 where 1 meant extremely negative and 5 meant extremely positive. His impact in the U.S received a mean rating of about 3.8 and his impact internationally saw a rating of about 4.2.

The survey also included a question about Obama’s most significant legacy regarding climate change. Most people answered that with the impact that he had on China regarding climate change. China, being the most populated country in the world, has a naturally huge carbon footprint. The manufacturing giant has seen immense success in producing products for local and international brands and exporting them.

With a country that runs on such an enormous industrial scale, the people of China have seen their fair share of pollution. One of the biggest achievements attributed towards Obama regarding this matter was the Paris agreement. Both China and the United States have been dubbed responsible for 40% of the carbon emissions in the world. By joining hands in Paris, both countries have been seen trying to reduce their impact on the devastating climate change happening on Earth.

Another question asked was about the missed opportunities in his 8 year tenure. The majority answered that with the implementation of the Carbon Tax in the United States. With Trudeau’s administration making heavy changes to their tax system to include carbon taxes on fossil fuels and agricultural sectors, people said that Obama did not work enough to levy the tax in the United States.

To be fair here, Obama did make the effort towards the implementation of a Carbon tax, but since the votes weren’t enough, the bill could not be passed. It is quite clear that Barack Obama is one of the few leaders of the world who actually worked towards climate change and not just by raising awareness but actually making effort to reduce his countries carbon footprint. President Donald Trump however sees climate change as a hoax and might not follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.

Australia – Insurance Actuaries Highlight Climate Change Risks

Climate change talks have split the world into two distinct groups, the ones who believe that climate change is an imminent threat to the globe, and the others who think that it is a hoax. Australia, being the front runner in many bold moves, such as high taxation of tobacco products and winning the case against tobacco giants PMI, to use federal issued packaging for all tobacco based products; is once again working towards the betterment of the planet by heavily researching on climate change effects.
In their annual pre-budget submission, the Actuaries Institute of Australia has pointed out the severe effects of climate change to the federal government. Actuaries make their living on predicting future risks for insurance companies and this year, they have highlighted serious risks that climate change possesses to industries.
The companies and industries that actuaries advise are being warned about serious impacts on their economic output and everyday functioning. Treasury submission of 2017 has been focusing on how climate change will be devastating for the life insurance and superannuation sectors unless policies are revised regarding disaster resilience.
The continent of Australia experiences a lot of natural earth activity and according to the reports of the Natural Disasters Working Group, these events cost Australia approximately $11 billion each year. The actuaries report that of this $11 billion, only 40% is insured and they have expressed great regret regarding the rejection of the proposed $200 million per year disaster resilience fund. The Actuary Institute recommends that the fund proposal be reviewed again for the go ahead as it is vital for the safety of many corporations across Australia.
People who do not understand the grave dangers that climate change poses towards our planet and its future need to research and understand the way the earth works. Yes, it is true that there is natural activity that causes disasters on the Earth’s surface, but there is a huge contribution by the human race when it comes to the Earth changing its natural ways.
Canada has taken steps to ensure that every industry that uses fossil fuels and every agricultural produce that poses a threat to the environment will be charged with a carbon tax that will be used to develop facilities that fight carbon emission and clean up the environment.
The truth about climate change is not understood by everyone because they say it lacks evidence. The Actuary Institute of Australia has produced enough evidence for everyone to reconsider their views about climate change.
Unless the governments of the world unite to address the issue, the future of the planet is at stake. NASA has been actively playing a part in making the world aware of the adverse and negative effects that climate change has been having on the Earth.
They have proven both in theory and factual evidence by studying different parts of the world and presenting data on it.

In Search of Ways to Fight Climate Change? Look No Further than the ACT Renewable Energy Sector

One of the biggest reasons many climate change “sceptics” cite in order to deny climate change reform is that the shift to the renewable energy sector will result in increasing unemployment as the workers in the oil and gas sector will end up losing their jobs. At first glance, it really makes sense. Alternative energy is, indeed, designed to replace the traditional sources of energy. This means that workers in the oil and gas industry will, indeed, end up losing their jobs.

Does this mean we should stick to alternative energy?

Absolutely not.

The problem is that many of the arguments presented by climate change deniers and alternative energy business owners only hold up to that surface level analysis we performed above. They are simple to the point of being simplistic. They belong to an alternative reality where the facts don’t exist.

And the facts clearly state they are wrong.

The ACT renewable energy sector

Those who believe that climate change reform leads to global warming should consider the example of the ACT renewable energy sector.

In the last six years, job growth in this sector was around 12 times faster than the national average. These are the hard facts, facts that have been backed by the official reports into the government’s efforts on climate change.

And this goes against everything the climate change sceptics believe in. Climate change reform isn’t leading to growing unemployment. It’s leading to a stunning growth in jobs, a growth that is much, much faster than the national average, even in these troubled economic times.

Pushing for progress

What many of the people who oppose climate change conveniently forget to tell you is that the phase out of the traditional energy is only one part of the picture. Yes, the effort on climate change is leading to the shrinking of the traditional energy sector. And yes, the oil and gas industry is losing jobs.

But, on the other hand, the renewable energy sector is creating far more jobs for the unemployed. A simple cost-benefit analysis is enough to show you that the progress on climate change is not only sustainable for the planet, it is practical for the economy as well.

According to the Report relating to Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction provided by the Minister, the government’s efforts to combat climate change and global working are clearly working on a practical level when it comes to creating jobs.

The report evaluated the $12 million government investment that went into the renewable energy sector and says that the job growth in the ACT renewable sector was 6 times higher than in any other state territory in the country. It’s clear that the government strategy in the ACT is yielding results.

Sustainable development

What the past century has taught us, above everything else, is that economic development is only desirable when it’s sustainable. Plundering the planet’s resources will do us no good if we’re destroying the environment at the same time. This is why, when we look at the ACT’s progress on renewable energy, we ask whether it is sustainable.
And the answer is, resoundingly, yes.

The government’s actions not only led to an increase in jobs. It also led to a 17 percent decrease in emissions from government operations since 2012-13. On this rate, it’s on track to meeting the 100 percent renewable electricity target by the year 2020. And, by the year 2050, it will be the first zero emission jurisdiction in Australia.

That’s how it’s done.