Why is it taking so long? Olivia @ Topical Talk 03 June 2019 If we all agree that something needs to be done about climate change, why is it taking so long?What do you think? Write your ideas in the comments below. Comments (30) quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School 03 Jun 2019 Not many people are joining in the protests and we need to be heard. Politics are wrapped in other issues that they are not noticing the world around them. They need to focus on the fact that this world is getting too hot for us. Reply to this comment valuable_moth | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom 04 Jun 2019 It is taking so long on climate change because firstly the MPs and prime ministers are focusing on other problems and making it the best experience for Donald Trump as he has come to stay for a while. Some of the key topics they are going to talk about is actually climate change.In America they use a lot of oil which is really bad for the environment and a load of chicken and beef which produces eight times as much as greenhouse gas.It will not because people make money off their products and the people can not give up things.Their can also be issues with the things we put in place.For example, not having aeroplanes means families will be separated and that is what we don`t want to happen. Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk valuable_moth's comment 04 Jun 2019 Well done for linking our topic to something relevant in the news today! Reply to this comment creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom 06 Jun 2019 There is a very good BBC documentary called ‘Climate Change-The Facts,’ (can still be seen on on BBC iplayer) Its very good at explaining all the pitfalls of climate change and the reasons why it has taken so long. One of the pioneer climate scientists, James Hansen, warned the US government 30 years ago that ‘the Earth is warming at such a rate that it cannot be due to ‘chance fluctuation’ but was caused by man-made global warming due to the use of fossil fuels. Subsequently every politician around the world was forewarned about it by climate scientists who had all predicted the outcome that we are witnessing today. However, many politicians were not totally convinced by the science, sure, there were politicians that did believe it, including the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher back then, who understood the importance of reducing CO2 emissions, but if there were no real consensus of agreement from politicians, there was never going to be any real urgency to put any policies in place to achieve that goal. Possibly, by far, the biggest roadblock was the fossil fuel companies themselves because they had the most to lose. Fossil fuel is a billion pound industry and despite the environmental impact they cause, they wanted to continue to make vast amounts of money; so much, that they put out a lot of campaigns to confuse the science and the message of global warming to the public. This obviously worked because even today we have Donald Trump saying it’s not true and it’s ‘all a hoax’ amongst the many climate deniers out there, which is why the U.S. has backed out of the original Paris agreement that Obama had originally signed in 2015 to control and limit climate change. And not only that, Trumps lobbyist and supporters are from the fossil fuel industry so they might have also influenced his decisions to pull out. So Climate deniers obviously didn’t help the cause. And unless a wildfire was burning in the field behind their house, politicians saw no reason to jump into action; because to replace fossil fuels would have required a costly long term plan from the government to fund the new green technology, although action taken back then would considerably be a lot less than the cost to fix the problems now. So if there were no big public protests like the one we recently had in London, and no consensus from the politicians, then I’d suspect they were never going to pull out an extensive budget plan for more innovative green technology. But even when the UK became the first government in the world to create a Climate Change Law in 2008, to legally reduce Carbon emission, there were still UK politicians denying it exists and even campaigned against climate action. Most had the mindset that ‘well maybe it’s happening but it really isn’t going to be that bad.” So you can see why the seeding of the doubt continued to slow the overall transition to greener energy. If politicians did act accordingly 30 years ago, the problem would have been a lot easier to solve and by now we may have had a much greener infrastructure to replace fossil fuels altogether but they didn’t and now the problem to solve it has become a lot harder because we only have a short time frame of 12 years to stop the global temperature hitting that critical tipping point. Beyond that point there will be very little we can do to reverse the catastrophic change. So Greta Thunberg is completely and utterly correct when she tells leaders of the world ‘It’s time to panic like our house is on fire'. Reply to this comment Olivia @ Topical Talk creative_sparrow's comment 07 Jun 2019 What other factors do you think prevented governments from acting when they first hear about it? Can you make any comparisons so similar warning that perhaps haven't been heeded when they should have? Reply to this comment creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 09 Jun 2019 Hi Olivia! I think other factors that will always prevent politicians from tackling climate action is that there’s always a crisis to attend to. For example, the Financial Crisis of 2008 that descended the nation into a recession which then pushed Britain into an era of austerity causing many other widespread problems such as violent crime, social care crisis, poverty, housing etc and so it continues. And currently, we are still dealing with the Brexit crisis where it has dominated the past 3 years of the political discussion with nothing else getting done. Then elections will come along and then all energy will then be focused there. And at this moment in time, whilst Brexit is on pause, the government only appears to be focusing on who is going to be the next Tory leader. But there will also be cries from the public that are struggling on a day to day basis to put further pressures on the government to tackle those concerning issues first; i.e. alleviating poverty, housing, etc. Balancing the cost will be hard, but it has to be done and what we do need is a strong collaborative government that can take action on a multitude of issues at the same time. Most politicians apart from the Green Party are incapable of making climate change as a priority or putting some real plans of action alongside current issues; or perhaps, they just don’t care about it enough. Whatever the case may be, the public has to continue putting pressure on our government to take more drastic actions because we can’t just accept small token gestures so politicians appear as if they are doing something, i.e. banning plastic straws, or putting a few wind power generators here and there. There have been many examples when governments failed to heed the warnings from the experts, for example, in the Violent Crime Issue, Senior Police officers around the country forewarned Theresa May that severe cuts to Police numbers will lead to upsurge in violent crime as far back as 2015 but she ignored the warnings and so knife crime soared. In the Myanmar issue there were warnings 3 years before from human right activists to the UN officials of the threats to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. But the West ignored these warnings and what followed was the massacre of more than 10,000 Rohingya people killed by the Myanmar military since the "clearance operations" started on 25 August 2017. And now what we do have, is a Climate Emergency Warning that is ringing loud and clear and this one will become a global humanitarian crisis if we choose to ignore it because Global warming threatens human civilisation on a global scale for the very basic elements of life – access to clean water, food, health, and the use of land for farming. The cost of inaction will far exceed the cost of action taken now. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-warned-manchester-police-officer-10497970 https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/16/for-years-u-n-was-warned-of-threat-to-rohingya-in-myanmar/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41420973 Reply to this comment Olivia @ Topical Talk creative_sparrow's comment 10 Jun 2019 Well done for making excellent links to other issues that you have explored this year. Reply to this comment marvellous_tree | Noel Park Primary School 07 Jun 2019 I think they should do something about climate change because it doesn't effect people now but it has a huge impact on climate change because if thing keeps on going than there is going to be a big change Reply to this comment magical_crab | Ravenscroft Primary School 07 Jun 2019 It is taking so long on climate change because firstly the MPs and prime ministers are focusing on other problems and making it the best experience for Donald Trump as he has come to stay for a while. Some of the key topics they are going to talk about is actually climate change.In America they use a lot of oil which is really bad for the environment and a load of chicken and beef which produces eight times as much as greenhouse gas.It will not because people make money off their products and the people can not give up things.Their can also be issues with the things we put in place.For example, not having aeroplanes means families will be separated and that is what we don`t want to happen Reply to this comment plucky_yuzu | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom 08 Jun 2019 Maybe, people aren't getting a clear message on what the fate of the earth is going to be like so they don't really bother to do anything and not a lot of people have convinced the government to listen to them, or maybe because they haven't been given an advanced permission which is stopping them from protesting. Or possibly their are many people who understand what is happening and the future of planet earth but because of one thing or another aren't able to protest. Reply to this comment clever_song | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 pepol ceep duping rubish Reply to this comment buzzing_wilddog | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 I think climate change is taking to long to fix , its effecting animal who live in hot and cold habitats including polar bears and seals etc, the MP's are not working fast enough to fix this problem. The climate change has killed people from gluing them selves to the ground and pavements to get attention from everybody who doesn't care about the climate change, they are basically saying they don't care about the environment, them selves, the baby animals and adults. People are suffering from this climate change problem, the MP's have been having meetings for the last 30 years and still are figuring out a solution to fix the 'climate change'. Reply to this comment idealistic_cat | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 Why is it taking so long for people to invent flying machines? Why is it taking so long for people to find a cure to cancer? Why is it taking so long for us humans to stop destroying the Earth's heart and soul? People aren't getting a clear message to stop polluting the world. People can't get a clearer instruction to stop polluting the world. This is the reason children like Greta are missing school to stop climate change. Yes they are sitting outside the cold parliament waiting for a change in life. In fact, I think they would be willing to sacrifice their life for their friend and soul, Earth. Think, without Earth we wouldn't be here, we wouldn't be here to pollute the world. Now people like Greta are scratching their heads and thinking, 'The world would be better if we were not here.' We need to stop climate change before everyone is these thoughts. In fact, if you type on google, BBC NEWS, climate change, there is a range of things to help stop pollution. If only people would read/watch these things they would get a good understanding of to save the world from turning into shreds. Do you have what it takes to save the world? Reply to this comment clever_truth | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 Climate change is taking too long the MPs are not doing enough to stop climate change and need to try different options ,they have been trying for 30 years and have been having meetings but nothing has been done. Reply to this comment strong_apple | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 It is taking so long because people are saying stop polluting and they really annoyed and there caring on with the polluting and the littering. Reply to this comment lively_reindeer | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 Maybe people don't actually care if their world is being destroyed or going to melt to death or they might of just not heard the news. We could prevent this from having more heat problems. So spread the news tell every one or you could make banners or flags to help our world. Reply to this comment reasoning_lemon | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 BECAUSE the M.P are doing really bad and are not doing nothing about it and also we need to do about is bad and what we need to do about is to stop putting rubbish on the floor and don't use to much power and stop smoking everyone . Reply to this comment courageous_crab | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 IT is taking so long because it is a hard thing to fix but it needs to be done as soon as possible .Creatures are suffering from the coldness and people are dying from all of this people are losing there homes and electricity is being wasted. People are killing there sell so people will stop.MP's need to come up with a plan otherwise it is going to take longer to sort out.Police are having to manhandle all of this while the MP's are doing nothing are,they need to figure out before it more people suffer.What is the point of going out screaming and shouting at the police,government and the mp's we should just what patently until it is all fixed. Reply to this comment beloved_fig | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C 10 Jun 2019 People are making animals suffer and using technology to cut down trees and break animals home to make objects in industry's some people do this as a job so a majority of the people will not stop and climate change will most likely carry on. Reply to this comment jolly_duck | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 11 Jun 2019 I believe that it takes so long hence the people in the past thinking that it wouldn't affect them because they wouldn't be alive when this happens.This has left us with a biig mess since we havent realised how fast our earth can change into a mess. Reply to this comment plucky_cat | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 11 Jun 2019 I think that it is taking so long because for lots of people it isn't a priority. Governments and MPs want people to vote for them, and people will vote for policies that benefit them. If people don't see the benefit of policies that protect the environment then they just think it's hard work and not improving their lives. MPs don't want to risk upsetting voters by telling them that they have to pay more for plastic, or that they are going to be taxed more for travelling in their car. Until the general public (the majority) understand the importance and necessity of tackling climate change then it will always take a long time. Reply to this comment jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom 11 Jun 2019 In my opinion, i think its taking so long because people keep using fuel and fuel pollutes the air with different chemicals. People keep using different products that have plastic wrappers or containers. And instead of throwing the left over wrappers in the bin, they litter. Then later on in the month or year, the wind blows it to the ocean, leading to poor animals dying. Some baby dolphins cant survive because the plastic in the ocean is making their mothers milk toxic for them to drink, leading to their death. Scientists have even proven that we only have 14 years to make our world a better place. Reply to this comment friendly_cello | Streatham Wells Primary School 12 Jun 2019 I think it is taking so long to be dealt with because some people don't believe in climet change and don't believe that it is a thing Reply to this comment amusing_impression | Noel Park Primary School 14 Jun 2019 It is taking so long on climate change because firstly the MP’s and the Prime Ministers are too busy on focusing on other problems and making it the amazing experience for the most boring person on earth named Donald Trump as he has not a while ago been here in London and staying for a while. Some of the key things that he has said about climate change is: That he will pull the US out of the Paris international climate agreement that he will step to cut back the US Environmental Protection Agency and he is on record saying that global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese to attack US manufacturing. Some of the topics that they are going on and on about is actually climate change. In America they use a lot of oil which is really bad for the environment and a load of chicken and beef which produces eight times as much as greenhouse gas. It will not, because people buy lots of products which cost money and that people are to greedy and selfish to give up things. There can also be issues with the things we put in place. For example, not having aeroplanes means families will be separated and that is what we definitely don`t want to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply to this comment consistent_ferret | Pimlico Primary Academy 15 Jun 2019 I ᴛʜɪɴᴋ ɪᴛs ᴛᴀᴋɪɴɢ sᴏ ʟᴏɴɢ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴍᴀʏʙᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴀʀᴇɴ'ᴛ ᴛʀʏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ ᴛʜɪs ᴛᴏ ɪᴍᴘʀᴏᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴɪᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇʏ ʟɪᴠᴇ ɪɴ ᴍᴀʏʙᴇ? Reply to this comment amusing_impression | Noel Park Primary School consistent_ferret's comment 07 Jul 2019 but that neither here or there Reply to this comment plucky_yuzu | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom 17 Jun 2019 In my opinion I think it's taking so long for a various number of reasons. Firstly , I love this post because it got me thinking because I have never considered it from that prospection before. I think one of the reasons it's taking so long because maybe the protest aren't bringing as much awareness people need, to persuade the government to do something. Maybe people need to do more but they don't know what else to do that will make the government listen to them and the public. Reply to this comment champion_globe | Cowes Enterprise College | United Kingdom 19 Jun 2019 Now that I think about it is taking too long, we can live without trade deals and political issues but we cannot change the past, I know for a fact that the realisation hasn't sunk in for many people. We're just trying to stop the nightmare before our time is up. Should we carry on the way we are the planet will be destroyed, when we are legally able to voice our opinion with a vote it will be too late and some very regretful politicians will be wondering why they hadn't listened to the people who will suffer the most. Reply to this comment selfreliant_blackberry | Notley Green Primary School 21 Jun 2019 it is taking so long as there is over 700 billion people in the world and and around 109 countries. it will take a long time as if one individual makes a change like instead of using plastic straws they use metal straws but they need an individual to inspire others. after a certain amount of time people will end up realizing that more then one people have to make a change. it is also taking so long is because the world is a big place and we are tiny compared to the earth. MORE PEOPLE NEED TOMAKE A CHANGE Reply to this comment Tiff @ Topical Talk selfreliant_blackberry's comment 21 Jun 2019 I like the idea that people can influence others with their positive choices. Does this always work? PS. I think you mean 7 billion! Reply to this comment You must be logged in with Student Hub access to post a comment. Sign up now!