A new study shows that the fossil fuel company Exxon “predicted global warming correctly and skilfully” in the 1970s and 1980s but deceived the public for decades in order to protect its profits. This is very similar to what the tobacco industry has done; they were aware that cigarettes were causing severe health problems but lied to the public for decades.
If you want to know more about this topic, I recommend reading this article and also watching the documentary “Merchants of Doubt.”
As a society, we need to do what we can to diminish disinformation and raise awareness about important issues such as climate change. Else, all of humanity and the millions of species on Earth will be severely affected.
In his show “The Problem With Jon Stewart,” Jon Stewart did a great segment about climate change. An important point mentioned here is that the idea of “reducing your carbon footprint” was a highly successful advertising campaign from BP, British Petroleum, one of the world’s largest oil companies. The idea is that if people blame themselves for climate change they are less likely to take action against the fossil fuel industry. An important article from the Guardian explains how “Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.”
Another important point is that American politicians have said that they were taking the issue of climate change seriously for decades but are not acting fast enough. Republican President George H.W. Bush spoke about climate change in the 1990s.
Also, there is an article from NPR that discusses the issue of plastic recycling. It is mentioned in this article that “Analysts now expect plastic production to triple by 2050.” Also, Jon Stewart mentions a quote which is also found in this article. From the article:
“If the public thinks that recycling is working, then they are not going to be as concerned about the environment.”
Larry Thomas, former president of the Society of the Plastics Industry, known today as the Plastics Industry Association and one of the industry’s most powerful trade groups in Washington, D.C., told NPR.
Here is a video I found that is quite interesting. The video was published on October 25, 2022, on WIRED’s YouTube channel.
Climate scientist Dr. Peter Kalmus answers the internet’s burning questions about our planet. Are there any other planets we can live on yet? Why is the coral reef dying? How does the carbon cycle work? How much longer until Florida is underwater? Dr. Kalmus answers all these questions and much more.