'Person on the street' interviews show that people have no clue about climate change

What is climate change?
Screen capture Youtube/Veritasium

We still have a lot of work to do

Climate change is important, but it's boring, so it's hard to communicate properly. Making things even harder is that you have very powerful industries with a vested interest in the status quo that are muddying the waters by filling the media with stories that aim to confuse people about the science (despite the fact that there's a scientific consensus and that contrarian climate studies mostly can't be replicated). There's also the fact that it's harder to make a compelling story if you have to stick to the facts - and they are complex - than if you can just make stuff up, like the climate deniers routinely do.

Those of us who care about this stuff might think that everyone is as well-informed as we are, but the excellent video below by Derek at Veritasium shows that the reality is otherwise. It's very well made, check it out:

Climate change has been extremely present in the mainstream discourse for at least over a decade (it's been known to informed people for longer, but the big moment came about 10 years ago), yet when asked, random people think it has to do with the ozone hole, that the best thing to do is to recycle, that reputable sources on both sides have different positions, etc.

Basically, this means that we have a lot of work to do to get better at explaining the facts and at countering all the lies out there. Climate change might be boring, but it's important enough that entertainment isn't the priority. We have to do this one way or another...

climate modelNASA/Public Domain

Via Veritasium

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