I’m in New Bedford to give a talk on the connections and problems between the labor and environmental movements. Happy times on this Earth Day! Climate change is coming and we are going to do absolutely nothing about it. A huge reason? Most Americans, especially older Americans, simply don’t see it as an important issue.
Do you think that global warming will pose a serious threat to you or your way of life in your lifetime?
(Gallup Poll, 3/1-10/19)
trend: https://t.co/CuNMYc00Hw— PollingReport.com (@pollreport) April 21, 2019
The full polling data is here. If you squint, you can see slow improvements over time–fewer people think the threat is exaggerated than ten years ago, for example. And the numbers who think it will matter in our lifetime are a good bit higher in that time frame. But it’s not nearly enough to get up the political will to do anything about it.
Too bad I have this talk to give and then have to teach tomorrow, because this makes me want to drink.