By Paul Homewood
On Sept. 23, 2019, then-16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg stood before a sea of news cameras at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City and told world leaders: “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing…How dare you continue to look away.”
Within days, web searches for ‚climate change‘ soared to levels not seen in years, and environmentalists cheered a new surge of activism. Fast forward to summer 2020: With a global pandemic monopolizing news coverage, searches around environmental issues have plummeted to new lows, according to Google analytics data.
This trend could mean serious trouble for the planet, suggests a new CU Boulder study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
“We found that simply directing your attention to an environmental risk, even momentarily, can make it seem more frightening and worthy of mitigation,” said senior author Leaf Van Boven, a professor of psychology and neuroscience. “On the flip side, if you are not actively paying attention, the risk seems less dangerous and less important to address.”
No s**t Sherlock!
Or, put in plain English, people have now found something real to worry about, not some hobgoblin. They have also seen the impact on both their own livelihoods and national economies, and don’t like what they see. They are now beginning to realise that the damage from lunatic green policies would be worse still.
Meanwhile, the latest Gallup poll in the US puts climate change rock bottom of the public’s list of problems facing the country. Only 1% think climate change/environment/pollution is the most important.