Let’s Be Honest…
Both An Inconvenient Truth and The Great Global Warming Swindle share interesting information and perspective on the topic of global warming. An Inconvenient Truth says that humans cause global warming by producing too much CO2. The Great Global Warming Swindle says that while global warming may seem like a threat to the planet, it is simply a heat wave. 97% of scientists agree with An Inconvenient Truth, and believe that global warming is anthropogenic. However, only 47% of the general public agree with the scientists. Why is there such a gap? News broadcasters have turned global warming into a scandal, and the general public does not know which side of this scandal to believe. Since many people do not know which side to believe, the question comes down to which one they want to believe. Which side of the global warming story does the general public find more compelling?
The human mind wants life to be as easy and simple as possible. Just like water, humans follow each other down the simplest path. Cars were made to make transportation easier. Calculators were invented in order to make math easier. The Internet was made to help people obtain information more quickly and, of course, make information easier to reach. Almost everything humans have made is used to make life easier and simpler.Humans use these tools because it has become the norm to stick to the status quo and follow the others down the simplest path. The goal: to get as much done as possible with as little effort as possible. However, when scientists throw global warming into the mix, matters become much more complicated; the general public knows that global warming will not be easy to fix.
Humans also do not like to take the blame and fix something when there could be another, more simple option. The human mind is similar to a child’s in this way. When a child makes a mess, she does not want to have to clean up. She might run away from the mess and leave it for someone else to clean up. The child might deny that made the mess, and blame the incident on another person. Even after everyone knows that the child made the mess, the child may still procrastinate and not clean up her mess. The child represents the general public, and the mess respresents global warming.
The general public finds the message of The Great Global Warming Swindle more compelling, as shown in the 47% of people who agree with anthropogenic climate change. The general public either does not know about global warming all together, or they are in denial. The general public does not want to pay more money, take the blame for global warming, or change their life style in order to fix the problem of global warming. This is because cleaning up the global warming mess means humans have to step out of their comfort zone. Instead they choose to believe that nothing is wrong and that they can keep living their normal lives.
Because so many people do not want to fulfill the responsibilities given to them when they stepped foot on the planet, global warming could severely harm Earth. The fact that people do not want to be responsible for the planet explains part of the reason why there is a gap between the scientists who agree with anthropogenic climate change and the general public who agree with anthropogenic climate change. The scientists are fulfilling their responsibilities by warning us about what could happen to the planet, but people are shying away because they want to stick to what is simple. There is not much that can be done to make these people realize what is really going on; you cannot change the way someone thinks. Everyone already knows that global warming could be happening and they know the basic dangers. When videos like An Inconvenient Truth are made, it helps to get the point across but people might just procrastinate and put the job on others. The choice is up to the people about whether they feel compelled enough to help or not. For the people that do not feel compelled to help fix global warming, it could take a major disaster in order to show them that they really need to start helping out.