A very pressing issue facing our world isthe effects of climate change on human life as we know it. For an alarmingamount of people, climate change isn’t seen as a major problem, but accordingto many scientists, it should be much more of a concern. It is interesting andalarming that more people are not accepting or concerning themselves with themessage of professionals’ facts regarding the one planet we all share. In NaomiKlein’s This Changes Everything, shediscusses how not addressing the problem does nothing to help the issue either,further creating the problem itself. This seems to be the case as reflected inthis article’s graphs depicting the further decline of natural resources. Manyscientists have weighed in on the facts while many Americans have continued to ignorethem.In November 2017, fifteen thousandscientists from over one hundred different countries addressed the serious imposingthreat of climate change for the second time (Lent), but hardly anyone seems totake these concerns to heart.
In a world full of information, it is easy forsuch important news to be swallowed up in this technological age as updatesconstantly come to us through smartphones and the internet. However, news likethis doesn’t seem to be front page material. According to scientists, the overconsumptionof resources is quickly causing biodiversity loss, a decline of freshwaterresources, ocean dead zones, and CO2 emissions bringing on major temperaturechanges (Lent). These major changes could cause life altering effects that maybe too late to stop as the trajectory continues to decline. One issue largely stands in the wayof resolving this climate disasters: capitalism. The demand for more and moreconsumerism continues to be a burden on earth’s resources, and investing in bigcompanies that turn major profit doesn’t always invest in the environment. In2016, climate change was only covered for a measly fifty minutes by all U.S.
networks news services (Lent). This is a frightening realization for thehottest year on record in addition to the U.S. government’s negative positionon the Paris agreement. Capitalism holds a great stake in the reasoning behindthis. Today most major U.
S. media sources are controlled by a handful of largecorporations, which mainly focus on turning profit. Rather than focusing on thepublic good, when the focus turns to the dollar, advocating for the environmentisn’t popular among advertising revenue bought by major fossil fuel and agribusinesscompanies (Lent). The irony in this is that they are responsible for a greatdeal of the problems causing climate change itself. These reports by scientificprofessionals and the reaction by news outlets and the public are quiteconcerning. We all depend on the earth for survival, but maintaining itsresources doesn’t seem to be a large concern for a great majority of itsinhabitants.
I believe it would be majorly beneficial for more media sources toreport vigilantly on the importance of the environment and the issues that arecontinually arising that need to be fixed. If it’s a problem that affects usall, we should all address it with action. Lent,Jeremy. “What Will It Really Take to Avoid Collapse.” MillenniumAlliance for Humanity and Biosphere, Standford, 2 Jan.