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Is climate change a hoax or real?

What do you think?
Real. The idea of it being a hoax is preposterous although I'll certainly admit some people exaggerate for their own reasons (like most things)
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Original post by StriderHort
Real. The idea of it being a hoax is preposterous although I'll certainly admit some people exaggerate for their own reasons (like most things)

Why would they exaggerate it?
Even the most ardent of climate change deniers don't deny it happens outright. They only debate the impact of humans on the rate of change. They still understand it happens.
Original post by Anonymous
Why would they exaggerate it?

Influence, ignorant arguments, scaremongering, trying to sell you stuff.
Ironically enough, the 'Guru' above is wrong - there are people who outright deny it all.

But genuinely, what's the point caring when you have countries such as India who are burning landfills on a mass scale. Not to mention all these celebrities who take on fads like veganism thinking they're combatting climate change but then take private jets and helicpoters for 20 min journeys. Me opting to take a train instead of a car and thinking I'm making a positive change by doing so is, quite frankly, stupid.

With that in mind then, do you really think I'm going to start eating artificial meat because cows are producing 'too much methane from their burps'? Like, do people hear themselves out loud saying this? It's no wonder people think ESG is largely a bunch of corporate garbage made to make companies look better because it sounds, for the most part, exactly as insane as what I just said.

This isn't to say sustainability isn't important before anyone tries saying that. But I'm not changing my own ways of living, and I don't think others need to or will either for a bunch of nothingness
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Original post by Anonymous
What do you think?

The argument isn't so much that it's a hoax, but that the climate has always been changing and so it's not so much of an issue as it's made out to be.
(This is usually what my dad says)
It's real and it's serious. If we don't start taxing the hell out of fossil fuel companies we're fairly likely to lose the Great Barrier Reef (source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/may/01/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-crisis), and that's just one example. Certain ecosystems will be better off than others - it's not like the whole planet will morph into a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland - but it'll still have a tangible effect on both Earth's biodiversity and our everyday lives. Food'll get more expensive as extreme weather makes harvests less reliable, stuff like that. All because our politicians have turned the future of our planet into a partisan issue.
Original post by NameUserer
It's real and it's serious. If we don't start taxing the hell out of fossil fuel companies we're fairly likely to lose the Great Barrier Reef (source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/may/01/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-crisis), and that's just one example. Certain ecosystems will be better off than others - it's not like the whole planet will morph into a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland - but it'll still have a tangible effect on both Earth's biodiversity and our everyday lives. Food'll get more expensive as extreme weather makes harvests less reliable, stuff like that. All because our politicians have turned the future of our planet into a partisan issue.

Oh no what will we do??

Let's start taxing fossil fuel companies and make us all drive lithium battery cars. We definitely shouldn't prioritise vetting the smog India/China create by themselves!
climate change is real but its literally just how the planet works. Nothing stays the same. I suppose to an extent we increase the cycle because of factories, cars, digging, planes etc but technology has come far since the 1800's during the industrial revolution. It was all smoke and fumes etc and same with early 1900's but again we have developed tech for it to be less straining on the planet. A lot of car factories help with the issue (not with batteries) so as a country we are quite clean. We do have issues like water sewage but thats because some of our sewer networks are literally from the 1800's and it just cant keep going. Big bosses dont know what to do with our excess sewage water so they pump it all out at coastal areas.

We are not bad, we could be better, but we could also be worse, i.e China. But because its a communist run country anything they see that can cause alarm they will board it all up and tell people to look the other way, not doing so will get you locked away by the CCP secret police. Overall we are doing alright. Our main issue is also littering but we have poor public services but people have no respect anymore, i.e fly tipping, bins overflowing etc. My estate used to be quite clean but now its quite bad. But its a new generational family that dont pass down those values about cleaning up after yourself.

You cant really stop climate change but to see actual changes like new lands forming or sea water moving you are talking thousands of years.
Original post by Anonymous
What do you think?

we can tell when we all die or die of old age idk. it hasnt snowed in england this year. but really there could be a thing called weather machine. like how do we know if anything is real.

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