The Problem With Humans

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.