A new poll states that while there are more immediate concerns in people’s lives, worry about Climate Change have gone up a bit, though down from 2007.
Global climate worry up slightly since 2009 - poll “(Reuters) - Global concern about climate change has risen only very slightly over the past two years, as consumers have focused on more immediate economic worries, according to an opinion poll published on Sunday. Nielsen's latest global online environment and sustainability survey showed that 69 percent of 25,000 Internet users in 51 countries were concerned about climate change in 2011, slightly up from 66 percent in a similar poll in 2009, but down from 72 percent in 2007.” (August 28, 2011) Reuters.com
Not to mention those who did not cause Climate Change but are suffering the consequences do consider Climate Change important:
GoUpstate.com | View topic - Global warming fears rise in developing world “Global warming fears rise in developing world”
But in the United States, where a lot of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goes on, the public is getting less concerned:
“In the United States, the second biggest emitter and the only industrialized nation not signed up to the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol for curbing emissions, the number of those concerned has fallen steadily to 48 percent, from 51 percent in 2009 and 62 percent in 2007.” (August 28, 2011) Reuters.com
This US indifference to the Climate Change Crisis in the US and around the world is probably the reason why the US will go ahead, despite all the protest: NASA's Hansen Explains Decision to Join Keystone Pipeline Protests | SolveClimate News
Oil Sands Pipeline Won't Wreck Environment: U.S. State Department “State Dept says EPA 'seems pleased' with agency's final environmental review of Keystone XL. A final decision could come by the end of 2011” (August 28, 2011) | SolveClimate News
This will also mean that the 2012 presidential debates in the US will hardly mention Climate Change—even though one of the Republican contenders believes that his party is becoming the non-science party.
Jon Huntsman speaks out on climate change “In a tweet last week, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman made the apparently super-controversial claim that he "trust[s] scientists on global warming." This weekend, he went a step further, telling ABC's Jake Tapper that his opponents' opposition to the idea of climate change is wrongheaded and extremist.” (August 22, 2011) Grist
So, at this point in time it does not look good for change our collective attitude towards the most important issue of this century—our planet warming up. We aren’t even past the stage of acknowledging that the Climate Change is occurring. Who will we blame when we finally do get going on this issue, when it will be far too late to avert much of the damage?