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Why aren’t people reacting to climate change as quickly as they did to covid-19?

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  • To help answer this question, think about how urgent climate change is.
  • We want to hear about your experience where you live. The best comments will answer the question and explain why your experiences have led to your opinion. For example, I live in the UK where climate change doesn't cause as many deaths as covid-19, so people don't see such a direct and shocking impact...
  • A cluster conversation is small group of 30 schools that you will get to know really well. Try to reply to other people, ask questions about their answers and learn more about what life is like where they live.
  • A new cluster conversation question will be posted every Monday.
  • You can use this to help start your answer, "I think people are not reacting as quickly to climate change because... Where I live..."

Comments (21)

  • British Council.jpg admirable_writer | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    I believe that we in our country, Palestine, did not witness a major change in the climate. Rather, we were affected by the Covid 19 pandemic more because of the large number of injuries and deaths.

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  • British Council.jpg Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    I think people are not reacting as quickly to climate change because where I live think that life is short and we shouldn't care too much . They think easy they think Corona is something ordinary and we can come over it.So they care a little. They are in many times can't offer money to buy medicines.

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  • British Council.jpg free_sparrow | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    I think people are reacting as quickly to climate change because they don't believe the climate changes because the changes are slow and not noticeable. They find simple changes so they are not worry .But the Covid19 is an enemy it kills hundreds and thousands . It is very dangerous .It is very fast .People are very afraid. They care .They wear the gloves and the masks .They clean their houses .They want not to be Ffected and being killed by the virus. Where I live they care for covid19 more than climate change . I hope we can give advice to them to care much more and learn how to protect our world.

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  • British Council.jpg conscientious_durian | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    Climate change means the difference in the Earth's global climate or in regional climates over time.

    It describes changes in the state of the atmosphere over time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. These changes can be caused by processes inside the Earth, forces from outside (e.g. variations in sunlight intensity) or, more recently, human activities. Ice ages are prominent examples.

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  • British Council.jpg free_sparrow | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    I think people are reacting as quickly to climate change because they don't believe the climate changes because the changes are slow and not noticeable. They find simple changes so they are not worry .But the Covid19 is an enemy it kills hundreds and thousands . It is very dangerous .It is very fast .People are very afraid. They care .They wear the gloves and the masks .They clean their houses .They want not to be Ffected and being killed by the virus. Where I live they care for covid19 more than climate change . I hope we can give advice to them to care much more and learn how to protect our world.

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  • British Council.jpg joyful_fruit | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    I think that people react very quickly to the climate because they follow the weather forecast every day to know the appropriate clothes to go out for work, for a trip, or for school, what is the right food, what are the drinks that prefer to drink, and from its negative effects, electricity cuts and many traffic accidents. Staying at home We were keen on our safety and the safety of our people, and to follow the instructions of the Civil Defense

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  • British Council.jpg fiery_tennis | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    Corona has affected our lives from different sides including the economic side , the health side and the educational side.

    Economic : Corona prevents all of the working people from going to there working place which affect in there in come.

    Health : Corona is preventing patients to follow up with there doctors and hospitals and put the patients lives on the line especially those with (chronic diseases ).

    Educational side:Corona has stopped face to face learning style and which means that all learning centers like: kindergarten, school and university are forced to close.

    I hope as soon as possible that pandemic will be over.

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  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    19 Apr 2021

    eager_reflection here,
    I think that climate change is quite urgent because it is happening on a global scale at a rapid rate. In addition, it is greatly affecting us humans, as well as animals. Extreme weather and wildfires can force people and creatures out of their homes, could destroy crops, and could cause droughts or floods. On the other hand, I wouldn't say that is is extremely urgent, because some countries are doing things to help slow down and eventually stop the rate of climate change.

    I live in the UK, where events caused by climate change occur sometimes, but COVID-19 has killed many people and affected everybody. Britain is attempting to cut greenhouse gas emissions of at least 80% by 2050, according to Britain's Climate Change Act. The Government is prioritising reducing coronavirus cases rather than helping stop climate change because currently, COVID-19 is affecting people more than climate change is.

    In summary, I think that people aren't reacting to climate change as quickly as they did COVID-19 because the coronavirus is killing people every day, whereas climate change will start having a greater effect further in the future. Climate change may be very important in the future, but currently, it is the pandemic that is worrying everybody.
    Thanks for reading.

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  • British Council.jpg amazing_spring | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    Through my experience, where I live in Palestine in Gaza City, I believe that the climate changed slowly and gradually, not noticeable, but what happened in Covid-19 led people to respond quickly to the climate change because of the gravity of the matter and the speed of its spread and its high mortality, but in the majority it contributed to limiting the spread of this epidemic through gloves and masks Medical and the use of sterilization and permanent hygiene, the combined efforts of the people, the health services and the police, led to the stabilization of the situation, the decline in the rates of injured, dead, and contacts, and Covid-19 affected practical life, stopping factories and reducing traffic congestion, which This led to a decrease in environmental pollution and the result was the closure of the ozone layer. As for education, it has positive effects, such as the closure of educational centers and schools. This led to a reduction in the spread of the epidemic and the continuation of tele-education .Thanks

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  • British Council.jpg joyful_fruit | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Apr 2021

    I think people are reacting as quickly as possible to climate change because weather affects our lives in so many ways. For example, the type of clothes we wear a lot depends on the weather, we wear heavy clothes when the weather is cold, and we wear light clothes when the weather is hot. We also heat our homes when the weather is cold, and we cool them when the weather is hot, and we prefer foods and drinks that are suitable for the weather.

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  • British Council.jpg plucky_moment | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2021

    I live in Gaza city , it's a very small and lovely city , we love it even we suffer from poverty and lack of healthy water .
    We feel badly of the climate change , the weather became very drought , sometimes it is very hot sometimes it is very hot . Flies and mosquitoes are doubled some times we couldn't sleep at night . I hope people could know much a bout change climate and try hard to protect our world.

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  • British Council.jpg plucky_moment | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2021

    I think because the climate, people are used to it, so they don't interact with it much. As for Covid-19, people have interacted with it a lot because it is a recent and very strange thing.

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  • global-conversation.png marvellous_trombone | Jamaica College | Jamaica
    23 Apr 2021

    I think it is because people in their everyday social life in Jamaica are used to our climate, so they do not really talk about it being hot. My country is very close to the equator so it is very hot, but even in covid 19 times, people don't people in this country just adapt. But for people that are homeless and have nowhere to live feel it the most.

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  • global-conversation.png composed_cymbals | Jamaica College | Jamaica
    23 Apr 2021

    People are not reacting to climate change as much as covid 19 because for example in my country Jamaica we are used to warm climate as stated by a previous Jamaican, we are used to the warm climate that we have here since are are very close to the equator.

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  • global-conversation.png active_lake | Jamaica College | Jamaica
    23 Apr 2021

    With climate being weather conditions averaging over a long period of time, a change in climate would be unnoticeable to people living in tropical regions. Here in Jamaica climate change is overlooked because of regularly hot temperatures.

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  • global-conversation.png active_lake | Jamaica College | Jamaica
    23 Apr 2021

    With climate being weather conditions averaging over a long period of time, a change in climate would be somewhat unnoticeable to people living in tropical regions. Here in Jamaica climate change is overlooked because of regularly hot temperatures which is the norm. However, COVID 19 is an infectious disease that can be transmitted through the air. It quickly transformed into a pandemic, which we’ve not experienced over in 100 years leading to lockdowns because of the rapid spread and the thousands of deaths worldwide everyday. Hence why people quickly reacted to COVID 19 than they did to climate change.

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  • global-conversation.png splendid_opportunity | Jamaica College | Jamaica
    23 Apr 2021

    I am a 14 year old boy, who lives in Jamaica, which is an island located in the Caribbean. In my country, the issue of climate change has been brought up in Parliament and in the Private Sector, or private organisations. The Government and the Private Sector have worked together over the previous five (5) years to try to mitigate climate change. Our Government has seen the impact of climate change on our country and region and has decided to take action. Theses impacts include: 1. Our beaches - the sea level has been rising slowly over the past decade. One beach that exhibits this is Hellshire Beach in the community of Portmore, in the parish of St. Catherine. 2. Our temperatures have somewhat risen - our average temperatures throughout the year are between 28 - 32 degrees Celsius, as we have a tropical climate. Now, we have temperatures ranging up to 33, or even 36 degrees Celsius. 3. Regionally, there has been an effect - In the year of 2019, places in Florida in the United States and Mexico, which have similar climates to ours, experienced some snowfall. Climate change is seen to be somewhat of an urgent matter in my country, at least by my Government and large manufacturing firms. The general population has not been educated on climate change to even consider it or its urgency.

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  • global-conversation.png creative_cliff | Jamaica College | Jamaica
    23 Apr 2021

    Climate change is an armageddon that bedevils our humans as a whole.
    In Jamaica, climate change is noticed but undermined by the majority of our people. Compared to climate change, the immediate effects of Covid19 acts more of an attention-taker. Symptoms like a frog in the throat, the stifling feeling (close to asphyxiation), etc.; in addition to that, people are dying and more patients are getting infected so that would be harrowingly distressing - the fear that you might get it is more germanely serious. Nonetheless, I reckon that climate change is the beast that has more power in fomenting destruction to the world than Covid19.
    Being in the tropics, just 18°north of the equator, climate change directly affects us. Like in other countries, climate change disrupts our social, economic, environmental, personal and political facets which collectively and systematically regulates the 'wealth well-being' (in terms of our monetary and resource value) and the welfare of our compatriots. Moreover, the fact that we genuinely depend on our natural resources and the 'wealth-producing powerhouses' like our tourism, agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors, insinuates that we are at a disadvantage in the increasing temperature of our Earth.

    For Tourism, the parasols...humans too...will be victims to the scorching rays of the sun, beach enthusiasts will be roasted by the boiling waters, hotel rooms will be subjugated to hot-humid air which will be unpleasant for tourists so they would turn on the air conditioner which contributes to climate change. Fewer people will come to our beloved, beautiful island and the tourism industry will be enfeebled and we will lose a flagship that Jamaica has anchored on for many years.

    Agricultural industry would be mouldered because many areas will be manifested into unfit places to grow crops. For example, plants like carrots that grow in cool places, blue mountain coffee that grows in cold places, bananas that needs moisture, all of those aforementioned pre-requisites would be a drawback because the temperatures would be raised.

    The boiling of the fishes' habitats (ponds, lakes, seas, oceans, etc.) and acidification (decrease in the pH level of a substance) would consequently dwindle the fish population which would foment a reduction in fish stocks which ultimately affects the whole industry in Jamaica. Fishing villages like Whitehouse, Westmoreland would receive fewer fish intakes which can engender famine and low income.

    Unwanted events like storms and forest fires will be more incessant in our country. Storms play havoc on forests, destroying trees and disrupting the management of conserving and replanting them which further bolsters climate change. Lightning from the storm can strike and ignite the trees and initiate a forest fire.

    I don't believe that Jamaica can be victimized by desertification because we are surrounded by and showered with blessed water.
    Globally, I believe some plants will be extinct because of an unsuitable climate.

    Solutions:
    The Government should incentivize going green. I mean, the mining industry with their fossil fuels is definitely skyrocketing the process. Implementing more recycling bins, advertising and promoting going green on the media, packaging products as well as change the material employed for constructing brick-and-mortar businesses into biodegradable materials. We could use more solar panels, nuclear plants, hydroelectric power, wind turbine power...and we could use a large cylinder, gilded with many magnifying glasses to replicate a safer version of the nuclear plant. People could go zero-trash. Using reusable items, recycling glass and certain recyclable trash and use compostable waste to fertilize plants. Reducing the use of natural gas by putting a price on it so they may be used sparsely.

    Should we follow Norway's footsteps?

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      creative_cliff's comment 26 Apr 2021

      A very in-depth response, creative_cliff! Wha are the benefits of following Norway's response?

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  • British Council.jpg busy_studio | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    24 Apr 2021

    Climate change has affected our life strong.
    During the last century climate change has become a real case to investigate among researchers and scientists, a close example to illustrate is global warming, no doubt all of us can feel the high temperature of the weather in summer season, and its a fact and reality which people face all over the world ; being a citizen from Gaza i can also tell that this phenomenon is existed in our country and we all face climate changes as well

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  • global-conversation.png calm_dragonfruit | Jamaica College | Jamaica
    25 Apr 2021

    I think people are not reacting as quickly to climate change because Covid 19 is a rapidly growing problem and is growing much faster than climate change whereas since climate is over a long period of time it can be dealt with overtime. Where I live climate change doesn’t affect me as much because we have tropical climate. Covid 19 has affected me in which I cannot see my friends any more

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