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Public Lose Interest In Climate Change

August 11, 2020

By Paul Homewood



On Sept. 23, 2019, then-16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg stood before a sea of news cameras at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City and told world leaders: "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing…How dare you continue to look away."

Within days, web searches for ‘climate change’ soared to levels not seen in years, and environmentalists cheered a new surge of activism. Fast forward to summer 2020: With a global pandemic monopolizing news coverage, searches around environmental issues have plummeted to new lows, according to Google analytics data.

This trend could mean serious trouble for the planet, suggests a new CU Boulder study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

"We found that simply directing your attention to an environmental risk, even momentarily, can make it seem more frightening and worthy of mitigation," said senior author Leaf Van Boven, a professor of psychology and neuroscience. "On the flip side, if you are not actively paying attention, the risk seems less dangerous and less important to address."


No s**t Sherlock!

Or, put in plain English, people have now found something real to worry about, not some hobgoblin. They have also seen the impact on both their own livelihoods and national economies, and don’t like what they see. They are now beginning to realise that the damage from lunatic green policies would be worse still.


Meanwhile, the latest Gallup poll in the US puts climate change rock bottom of the public’s list of problems facing the country. Only 1% think climate change/environment/pollution is the most important.

  1. robin Lambert permalink
    August 11, 2020 6:08 pm

    ” The Whole basis of Modern Politics,is to Conjure up some hobgoblins,to which only the Said Political Party can lead us to salvation”. H.Menckhen US Writer&humourist 1936..

  2. Subseaeng permalink
    August 11, 2020 6:22 pm

    Don’t worry, the BBC News right now is doing its best to continue the scare stories. Nothing new in this weather but they are trying hard. I hate them!!!

  3. gillieg permalink
    August 11, 2020 6:57 pm

    How pleasing to read this! I love “no s**t Sherlock”! Gx Sent from my iPad


  4. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 11, 2020 7:55 pm

    I always thought that any emergency would justify calling the emergency services. Perhaps the PTB intend to form a Climate Police Force/Service. (Sarc as it was, I wouldn’t put it past them – but the operators would have nothing to do).

  5. Harry Davidson permalink
    August 11, 2020 8:16 pm

    GWPF had a report on Harris poll showing that Americans are no longer interested in Climate Change. All except women of retirement age and Millennial men.

  6. Thomas Carr permalink
    August 11, 2020 9:11 pm

    Time to tell Greta’s coaches that we look away because she is an embarrassing , naif hysteric. Only one way now for her — irrelevance. As for the broadcast media they have so much credibility at stake they will be among the last to leave the ship.
    More stuff in today’s The Times from Ben Webster re: the date for Arctic sea ice vanishing.

  7. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    August 11, 2020 10:36 pm

    . . in the US puts climate change rock bottom of the public’s list of problems facing the country. Only 1% . . .

    In the USA, taking care of pollution and other environmental issues has a long history. For example, consider Chicago [modern city incorporated in 1837] shortly after settlement:

    Insofar as no one can point to any “climate change” in their own lives {it is all in the media}, it is hard to maintain concern about it.
    Does anyone fear ghosts in bright sunlight?

    • August 12, 2020 11:40 am

      I have said for some time that people should take a one semester course in paleobotany. They would learn how drastically climate has changed. Or, more recently, the Younger Dryas when the rapidly warming end to the ice age suddenly plunged back into the ice age for some 1500 years.

  8. Is it just me? permalink
    August 12, 2020 1:24 pm

    That’s what happens when you pull a cheap publicity stunt using a child as political collateral. Next time Mr Gore, stick to kissing babies? Wear a mask though eh?

  9. August 12, 2020 5:08 pm

    ‘They are now beginning to realise that the damage from lunatic green policies would be worse still.’

    But that’s exactly what Boris Johnson’s Tories want to inflict on us, and they are keen to say so. How long before the public start pushing back?

    • Bertie permalink
      August 12, 2020 7:20 pm

      It would be interesting to know how the parsley thrives in the garden of No10.

  10. jack broughton permalink
    August 12, 2020 6:41 pm

    Back in May, a US poll by Inerjys showed that only 35 % of those polled believed that money should be spent on climate change. The pollsters presented this as “Americans are confused about climate change” and more communication with the fools was needed!!!!

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