Kim Kardashian vs. Global Warming
Anthropogenic Climate Change. When you look at this term, you think of many things. The first thing that hits you is the size and complexity of this term. Then you look at this phrase: Global Warming. It is straightforward and easy to understand. The world is heating up. Now when we compare these two terms, we see that the second is easier to understand, smaller, and gets to the point. So whenever we see a media report, they will use the second phrase. But this phrase is misleading. It allows us to say, “Ok the world is warming, but the world has always doing that. It gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter.”
The truth of the matter is that if global warming is real, it is probably caused by humans. When we use the term anthropogenic climate change, this point is clarified. Anthropogenic means “originating in human activity” and climate change means that the overall condition of the atmosphere is changing. When you put the two definitions together, you see that the weather of the world is changing due to humanity. However, when we use the term global warming, we say only that the Earth is heating up. There could be a number of reasons for this warming. In fact, the Earth goes through cycles that make it heat up and cool down. The problem with this theory is that humanity has never played such a large role in climate change. So one problem in the media is the use of misleading phrases.
Another problem is coverage. If you go to CNN, you will not see a story about global warming. You will see something about either politics or a famous actor/actress. And the reason for this is because the public doesn’t want to hear about issues that will affect them in 30-50 years. The public want gossip, arguments, and exciting things that will keep them on the edge on their seats. For example, if you see the Google Trends page for Global Warming vs. Kim Kardashian, Kim Kardashian outweighs Global Warming for 5 out of 8 years.
This sad fact shows how narrow minded we are. We pay more attention to a reality TV actress than to a problem that threatens the life of this planet. I believe this fact might be seen as a slight problem. We need to get ourselves back on track, otherwise we will fail our responsibilities.