Starting off the new year, I wanted to ensure that I keep writing as much as I can about climate issues. During November we had the COP26 summit in Glasgow where world leaders briefly made basic promises to improve the situation regarding pollution. Now we have pretty much got radio silence on the subject. Us bloggers need to find ways to keep the topic alive.
Even last week the new Leonardo DiCaprio movie ‘Don’t Look Up’ parodied how important issues can be ignored by the press which is often obsessed with fairly superficial topics instead. The movie highlights the possibility that a potential meteor strike could be difficult to publicise when the media seems more drawn to celebrity fall outs and lip enhancements.
Although the Netflix film is about a meteor looming, it makes you think about how easily climate news is knocked down the priority list in favour of celebrity gossip and banter. Eyes seem more to be drawn to articles about disgraced royals and squabbling Hollywood time wasters more than scientific issues that actually affect everyone on the planet.
The trouble with the media is that things move on pretty quickly. One minute we are watching a scandal about a famous person and the next we have forgotten about all that as we enjoy their latest blockbuster movie. In the same way, while COP26 was all over the news for a few days in Autumn, people seem to have already pretty much forgotten about it now, just a few months after.
I know people who were discussing these issues as if they were fairly fresh news. Almost as though climate change just reared its head for a week in November, soon to be swept away by the Queen’s son’s scandal and debates about whether footballers should test for covid on match days.
I know people who started to have important conversations about climate change after the news was mentioning temperature rises. It seemed that they were starting to take the issues seriously. Then over the holidays those same people have booked holidays with long distance flights and not made connections between their lives and pollution.
I suppose the point that I am trying to make is that if we don’t keep climate change in the news then it will fast become old news. Allowing that to happen is bad because in the real world, climate change keeps on progressing at an incredible pace.
So there you have it. I think it is clear that big changes need to be made and that awareness isn’t everything BUT lack of engagement is dangerous when it comes to this critical issue. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. For simple ways to be more ecofriendly click here.