From my perspective, climate change definitely grew in awareness in 2020 and reached the public discussion more than usual. It was raised as a key contributing factor in some of the extreme and very unfortunate weather events of 2020, particularly the wildfires on the west coast. It was a topic in one of the presidential debates. It’s been a subject of Amazon commercials (talking about their green fleet of delivery trucks). Greta Thunberg also became a widely known teenage activist. I learned about plenty of articles, podcasts, and other media with headlines like “How to Save a Planet” (Gimlet media launched that podcast series).
The question is, did it make it’s way into our normal discourse? Did we talk about it amongst our friends and family? Have we shared our mutual concern with others? Or learned that someone else isn’t thinking about it?
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe gave a TED talk explaining what she thinks is the most important thing you can to to fight climate change – talk about it. Check it out here: https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_hayhoe_the_most_important_thing_you_can_do_to_fight_climate_change_talk_about_it
I am glad to see the growing awareness of the problem and that it’s finding its way into mainstream media (although not glad that it makes its way there for causing destruction, suffering and anxiety). Let’s remember to talk about it ourselves.
PS: If you didn’t catch onto the title… (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ol2LI-fBEY&ab_channel=AGENTELUCHOluis)