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Why We Should Tell People the Truth About the Environment Even When It Is Bad News


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, conservation, greenliving, protection )

Cher
- 440 days ago - livinggreenmag.com
When people find out what I do for a living--addressing climate change, toxic chemicals, and loss of species--they ask me if I am optimistic that things will turn out ok. They ask, do I think there's a viable future for their kids and their grandchildren?



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Ben Oscarsito (358)
Friday October 11, 2013, 7:58 am
But, we can't handle the truth so well, can we...???
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Friday October 11, 2013, 8:54 am
The truth isn't always palatable, but we should know it anyway.
 

Barbara D. (79)
Friday October 11, 2013, 11:43 am
Even more so when the news is bad!! We warn people in the path of wildfires. Flash tornado warnings and flood watches. Tell the truth? Why aren't we posting environment warnings?
 

Marija Mohoric (47)
Friday October 11, 2013, 12:36 pm
thank you
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Friday October 11, 2013, 12:40 pm
We do need to know the truth, but the problem comes when you get factions disputing the truth and muddy everything up, confusing an already confused public. Who to believe, because most won't take the time to do any research. They believe whichever news they watch...including Faux.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 11, 2013, 2:53 pm
A lot of people walk around with their eyes closed anyway and shrug everything off because they dont feel its going to affect them enough in their lifetime and all the big company directors they certainly arent bothered and cant be for their children or grandchildren either More people should be giving out the truth of whats happening
with the climate You have to shock people sometimes or else they do nothing
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Friday October 11, 2013, 3:21 pm
The more people actually know, the numbers of the outraged can only grow.
P.S. When has their been a positive story about the environment? Our government cannot decide on an energy direction. Africa, in spite of a 10 million dolllar gift, cannot control poachers. China is still as underhaned as ever in obtaining tigers. Putin has long ago lied about his tiger commitment.
In America? We keep animals in roadside cages and zoos....
 

Debra G. (0)
Friday October 11, 2013, 4:32 pm
Just knowing does not bring about behavior changes, especially if there are no solutions offered or the threat is too abstract or far off. Think of the "just say no [to drugs]" campaigns - what were you supposed to say "yes" to? Anti-smoking campaigns said you'd someday die of cancer, but when you are young, healthy, cool and "invincible," someday means never. Only when the danger is NOW (bad breath and ugly teeth) did teens start to turn away from smoking. Climate threats need to show solutions that are working NOW with quantifiable results that give a sense that success is possible and has value. Example: while saving trees is nice - and abstract - using reusable grocery totes increases when people are rewarded immediately (5 cent refund or entry to contest) or punished (charged 10 cents for a bag).
 

Birgit W. (152)
Friday October 11, 2013, 6:09 pm
Most people I know here in Canada still don't believe all about climate change, toxic chemicals, and loss of species.
 

Sheila D. (26)
Friday October 11, 2013, 9:45 pm
Telling people the truth is far more important than acting like nothing is wrong. Some people will never believe in climate change, but most people I know are well aware there is a problem. If we would start hearing about it more often, along with sensible, comprehensive ways to stop contributing to the problem, more people would take it seriously. Thanks for the article, Cher.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:55 am
I'm more incline to follow advice of someone not "earning a living from it."
 

Jessica L. (0)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 8:37 pm
We really can't get enough information on the important issues that affect random people of the world, particularly news about the environment. We all need to stay informed and we can't without free, honest reporting. Leaving out the "bad news" is not an example of preserving journalistic integrity.
 

Sara P. (62)
Monday October 14, 2013, 10:06 am
Thanks CHer.
 
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