Should everyone be held equally responsible? Olivia @ Topical Talk 03 June 2019 Should everyone be held equally responsible for the current situation?What do you think? Write your ideas in the comments below. Comments (25) quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School 03 Jun 2019 I think not everyone should equally responsible because not everyone has caused it to happen. I understand that every person may have done something that has caused this but I think that if someone has done a little bit of mistakes, they shouldn’t be held equally responsible for someone who has done a lot of mistakes. Everyone is responsible for their own decisions but in the end, everyone is going to be equally affected by the outcome. Reply to this comment honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy | United Kingdom 03 Jun 2019 We cannot hold everyone equally responsible for the current situation. This is because there are people who have tried unbelievably hard to stop this from happening. For example, Greta Thunberg ( a sixteen year old) has been publicly campaigning about how we need to change and how the situation is out of control. This can be seen where she says "We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. If solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then we should change the system itself". This shows that not all people can be held responsible for the current situation. Also, there are many scientists and geologists researching the matter so surely they can not be blamed for this as much as the people who are doing nothing. To add, children can be influenced by how their parents behave. Children will do as their parents do because that is the way they are brought up. Therefore, if their parent has a bad habit of putting recycling in the wrong bin,for example, their children will do the same. This infers that the children are not as responsible as their parents because they cannot be to blame for the way their parents raised them. Finally, most people can take some blame for the crisis ;however, not everyone has had an equal impact on the environment. For example, some people are much older than others therefore meaning they would have produced more effects. Also, this depends on what job you have. Some jobs can be very harmful to the environment (but can also be required for us to stay alive) whereas other jobs can be less harmful. In conclusion, I believe that not everyone is equally responsible for the current situation. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg Reply to this comment terrific_leopard | Noel Park Primary School 07 Jun 2019 We cannot hold everyone equally responsible for the current situation,because because there are many people out there that want to help this situation where as there's people that don't even care about the problem. Also this problem is not caused because of everyone so that's the reason i believe we shouldn't hold everyone equally. In addition it also depends on what kind of job you have for example some jobs could be very harmful to the environment where as some jobs aren't. Reply to this comment quickwitted_pie | Noel Park Primary School 07 Jun 2019 personally i think not everybody should be held equally responsible for the current situation. because it wouldn't be fair for all the citizens innocent. unless they dont know who it is Reply to this comment incredible_jambul | Noel Park Primary School 07 Jun 2019 I think not everyone should be responsible for this because not everyone is not involved in the situation therefore not everybody should take responsibility for what has happend. Reply to this comment artistic_opinion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School 08 Jun 2019 In my opinion, (which is artistic :), everyone should be equally blamed. This is because everyone has a BIG role to play especially those who are using fossil fuels. However, some people have more of a blame than others Reply to this comment straightforward_nature | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 i think every body should be responsible for climate change and to change it we need to work and be as careful as we can to help stop it . Reply to this comment introspective_recipe | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 i think a majority of the people should be held equally because we emit carbon dioxide and air pollution on a day to day basis this sounds very excagerated but it is true. Some people have heavier roles in climate change but other than that i think we are all equally responsible for climate change because climate change is the cause of the pollution humanity emits every day. and these acts also affect the agriculture because of deforestation and palm oil being used for industrys and more animals are being endangered because of how we destroy thier homes. Reply to this comment happy_maths | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 I think that it depend's because if a silly person was trying to make a point that silly or to make someone laugh then it's a waste of time to figure out the situation, Greta Thunberg is a good person to let give good speeches to get the world to help get rid of climate change. What do you think?.. comment below... Reply to this comment reasoning_lemon | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 Yeah and what we should do. Reply to this comment exhilarated_globe | Bruche Primary School | United Kingdom 10 Jun 2019 In my opinion , not everybody in the world can help for example babies . But this is not the point , other than that and in my personal opinion people who struggle physically and mentally should be let down a notch because they have themselves to look after and I think that sort-off inspires people not only to focus on one thing (cleaning the environment . Although that is amazing and extremely selfless we need not only focus on that) so if you get what I mean not everybody gets an equal blame for example ; Lily owns a cow farm and constantly rides about in diesel fueled tractors and cars when they are not needed . Whereas Chloe on the other hand walks around and only uses her eletric car when it is badly need and she never goes to far when there's no need . Now if you had to give the blame to these two people who woud you give most of the blame to in my opinion its going to be 1:3 Reply to this comment jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 11 Jun 2019 I think everyone is responsible to some degree as we are all contributing to the issue. I do believe that older people have probably caused more damage than younger people but I am not sure that they were as aware of the consequences as young people are today. I do believe that we are all responsible for working towards a solution for the benefit of everyone and gernerations to come. Reply to this comment buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 11 Jun 2019 I think that everyone has some responsibility to a degree as we all add to the problem through our use of resources etc. I think some people are more responsible when it comes to their actions and their impacts on the environment but even people who do their best to live in an environmentally friendly way still contribute to climate change - even if it's using electricity! I think we all have a responsibility to try and reduce our impact on the environment as much as we can but I don't think we can erase our impact completely. Reply to this comment champion_globe | Cowes Enterprise College | United Kingdom 12 Jun 2019 We have all contributed to climate change, some of us more than others. During the industrial revolution we didn't know about the consequences of Carbon emissions; now we have both the knowledge and power to prevent it from getting worse, it should be a politician's first priority and yet it's not. Reply to this comment persuasive_moth | Ormiston Bushfield Academy | United Kingdom 12 Jun 2019 Every person has caused climate change in some way but I think that the blame belongs with a number of people not just one. There are people that cause climate change more than others. For example those who are trying their hardest to avoid climate change is less responsible than someone who doesn’t do anything to help stop climate change. I also believe that older people cause climate change more than younger people because younger people understand the effect of climate more and are more worried about how it will affect them and their children in the future. Reply to this comment entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 14 Jun 2019 I think everyone should be held responsible on this planet, no matter what cause. We have all used plastic items in our lifetimes, no matter if we recycle, or not. I think of a phrase that shows why we should help our planet. "Were are guests on this planet, we do not rule it" In detail, people should treat earth equally. If we visit a friends house, they treat us with respect, and we do back. If we're guests on this planet, we should treat it with respect, as it does to us. We are all held responsible, cars, buses and litter can ruin our world. Bit by bit. Every small difference, has a big outcome, bad or good. People who give a big effort, are trying to help, but they have helped cause climate change in one way or another, whether it was a big difference, or small. Reply to this comment cultured_atom | Noel Park Primary School 14 Jun 2019 I believe that everyone should be treated equally because if you don't treat them equally, their behaviour will change into something weird # Reply to this comment cherished_petal | Noel Park Primary School 14 Jun 2019 I think not everyone should be held responsible because there are a lot of people trying to help the planet instead of just ignoring everything. Reply to this comment jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 17 Jun 2019 I believe that the 100 companies that have caused over 70% of the problem should be more responsible than everyone else, afterall they've made money from polluting the planet and should use some of that profit to rectify what they have done. Everyone needs to do something but I think that those companies should take more responsibility and that the government should make sure that they do. Reply to this comment buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 17 Jun 2019 I think everyone should make up for what they have done or help the world in some way by not using the car as much or going litter picking.As an example factories have made 70% of pollution and global warming all they have to do is make up for the part they have made by cleaning the smoke and gases before they realese thenm into the sky.By doing something to help the planet everyday and making up for the part you have done the world will change alot. But then i started thinking about. Wouldn't it cost alot of money to clean the gases and smoke? Wouldn't they have to invest in technollagy? This meant they probably wouldnt want to do it.So people will have to find ways to encourage and get companies to pay to help the world. Reply to this comment thoughtful_dove | Notley Green Primary School 24 Jun 2019 In my opinion everyone should be held partially responsible for the situation because everyone has done something to affect climate change. Although many people have changed their actions and are now saving our planet. Reply to this comment super_drawing | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 28 Jun 2019 People have to take responsibility as all have contributed to not helping stop climate change in different way to others but some have to take a more responsibility, some people like factory owners, people who owns plane, big companies. They can do this by changing how they produce their products such as making electric cars more available to the people and stopping fuel/diesel cars being produced and this is what they can do for planes as well; planes release gases as well due to not being entirely made to be run on electric and they must do this. Governments are also to blame for climate change as they are the best people to stop climate change; they can make new laws such as no mass production of diesel cars or companies have to find an alternative to produce something. They are also to blame because they are not discussing about what to do for climate change and how to stop it from happening in addition they literally push aside the important issue of climate change. Therefore everyone has to change their actions to stop climate affecting our planet. Reply to this comment lovely_coyote | Notley Green Primary School 28 Jun 2019 In my opinion even though we may be the ones abusing the planets health, we have been told that this is is the way to live by those in power. Therefore they are the ones to blame. Reply to this comment magical_crab | Ravenscroft Primary School 29 Jun 2019 I think that everyone has some responsibility to a degree as we all add to the problem through our use of resources etc. I think some people are more responsible when it comes to their actions and their impacts on the environment but even people who do their best to live in an environmentally friendly way still contribute to climate change - even if it's using electricity! I think we all have a responsibility to try and reduce our impact on the environment as much as we can but I don't think we can erase our impact completely. So that is why I think that everyone is responsible for this climate change Reply to this comment content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom 08 Jul 2019 I did a post (currently awaiting approval)similar to this, answering the question, "Do We Have A Responsibility To Care For Plant Earth?". It was a sort of balanced argument, as I gave reasons for and against. The "For" section was really quite easy to come up with, as it was something I passionately agreed with, however, the "Against" had me thinking. At the end, I tried to think about what the excuses (as I called them in my post) were for someone not to recycle. Towards the end of the post, I ended with a fact; that we only see 1% of the litter in the ocean. The rest has sank deep, deep down, where tiny creatures of the sea feed on them. Note: the post was written a few months ago, at school, and while I was at Open Day today, I gathered up the facts, and decided to re-write it as a post, instead of a piece of writing! Reply to this comment You must be logged in with Student Hub access to post a comment. Sign up now!