I’ll come right out and say it. We are one of the highest per-capita energy consumers on the planet, and we are completely oblivious to what is going on in the world.
In North America which is the world?s largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions, 84% say they are aware of global warming, but less than half of them (43%) consider it?s a very serious problem. More worrying, 13% of North Americans said they had never heard or read anything about global warming and one in ten consumers said it was ?not a serious problem at all.?
Our ignorance is not solitary. Just look at the august list of those least aware of the world climate!
The three lowest countries globally in terms of awareness were the UAE, where 16 percent of respondents said that they had not heard of global warming, followed by the US (13%) and Malaysia (11%).
Wait, there’s more!
One out of eight North Americans (12%) – the highest majority globally, thought global warming is caused by natural changes in the climate.
But there is some hope. At least the world’s biggest developing economies are aware of the problem – and thus more likely to do something about it.
?Those who believe global warming is a result of human actions are more likely to make changes to save the environment,? said Dodd. ?In this case, its gratifying to see that those who believe that global warming is caused by human activities are the Chinese (73%) followed by 70% of Brazilians ? two of the largest world developing economies.