Viking Polls: Climate Change

With greenhouse emissions continuing to rise and ice sheets continuing to disappear, it is no wonder the world is facing such extreme levels of climate change.

The ongoing global crisis has reached an all time high and is resulting in serious consequences. Many do not realize the severity of climate change and that these consequences will affect everyone personally.

This past fall, climate change received more publicity, with a conference in early December that was attended by leaders of 195 countries. The conference, which took place in Paris, France, included all members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. According to The Guardian, the individuals who attended the conference discussed strategies for reducing global warming as a whole and set individual and collective goals to address climate change. 

Because negotiations in the past have often resulted in a lack of agreement or consensus, this year’s conference took a different approach. As reported by Quartz, the conference took the unique strategy of “Indaba,” a southern African negotiation tactic: “Instead of repeating stated positions, each party [was] encouraged to speak personally and state their ‘red lines,’ which [were] thresholds that they [did not] want to cross.” The newly introduced tactic served its purpose, and all 195 countries were able to come to an agreement by the end of the conference. 

Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has many plans regarding climate change. The Huffington Post reported that the Canadian government has made a pledge to reduce emissions to 30% lower than the 2005 level by 2030. Also, Trudeau himself has made a promise to set aside $2.65 billion over the next five years to help protect the planet.  

With ambitious goals in place, the hope is that individuals all around the world will make a conscious effort to limit global warming. It is hopeful that in future years the earth may be able to return to a healthy and safe state, making it livable for everyone.

For this installment of “Viking Polls,” we asked students questions relating to climate change statistics: