There's been a lot of discussion online about a new study from the Pew Research Center that found the public's concern for global warming has declined. Global warming now ranks dead last out of 20 possible priorities people are worried about in 2009.
Some are wringing their hands over how to keep people's attention focused on this big issue. But what's not being mentioned is the fact that the #1 issue of concern among survey respondents is the economy, the #2 issue is jobs, the #3 issue is terrorism and the #6 issue is energy. Solutions to the global warming problem are wrapped up many of the same strategies we must use to alleviate these top concerns.
Investing in a new, clean energy infrastructure can help stimulate the economy, create new jobs, secure our energy supply and end our reliance on oil-producing, unfriendly nations - all while cutting emissions and slowing global warming.
For those of us who communicate about energy and environmental issues, this study and others like it are important to watch. During these times of extreme economic stress, it's not enough to talk about global warming for the planet's sake. Lucky for us, fighting global warming is a bonus result of actions we must take to solve so many other issues that are top-of-mind for the public.
via Pew Research Center