In a refreshing opinion piece at the Irish Times, John Gibbons examines the bizarre lack of interest that mass media are showing in the climate issue.
I must object to this talk of “area of Australia twice the size of France lay submerged”, which, like comparable statements about Pakistan the previous year, is something of an exaggeration. “Affected by flooding”, presumably, is not the same as “submerged”.
That said, the main point stands:
Whether or not you choose to “believe” in climate change and what is fuelling it, only the most obstinate or delusional persist in denying that it’s real, it’s serious and it’s getting worse.
Of course, none of this is news. But what is news is that it’s not news. At a time of unprecedented weather disasters fuelled by climate change, the media has, both here and abroad, largely walked away from the story. Given what is at stake, this is a truly extraordinary state of affairs.
The piece takes a cogent look at the disastrous failure of journalism on this matter.
Environmental scientist Prof Robert Brulle adds: “people take their cues about what’s important from what shows up in the headline of a newspaper”.
The decline in public understanding of the gravity of climate change is directly attributable, he says, to decisions being made at editorial meetings every day.
+1 Robert Brulle.
Unfortunately Gibbons offers little in the way of alternatives. Planet3.0 hopes to do better, though, so stay tuned.
h/t Peter Adamski via Mike Mann.