According to Arnold Schwarzenegger, climate change, global warming, icebergs melting, and the sea levels rising are not pressing enough for the average person to appreciate. No, this is not a sarcastic Schwarzenegger one-liner like from the movies. Instead, Schwarzenegger believes there is a failure to communicate the danger posed by climate change and he says “we’ve got to simplify the message” so there is no “miscommunication.”
In a related report by the Inquisitr, when speaking on climate change, Barack Obama and Bill Nye made their message interesting if not simple by comparing global warming to terrorism.
“The growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other,” said Obama during the the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. “What should give us hope that this is a turning point, that this is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet.”
According to The Guardian, the final draft agreement for the COP21 summit focused on keeping global warming limited to an average global temperature increase of 1.5 Celsius. But not all of the 195 countries involved in the climate change talks agreed with these plans.
Many politicians and celebrities attended the summit, including former U.S. vice president Al Gore, the former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, actor Sean Penn, and also former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Climate change laws proposed by Obama have been opposed by the Republican-controlled Congress, but Democrats have vowed to push for additional rules, including one that limits carbon emissions from power plants.
Schwarzenegger believes the average American is having trouble comprehending the danger posed by climate change.
“I think it is sad the way, you know, the miscommunication about climate change, because so many times, you know, you hear … that the oceans will rise, and the sea levels are rising and the temperature’s rising and the icebergs’ melting, and it’s all stuff that people cannot even relate to,” Schwarzenegger said, according to The Sacrmento Bee. “I mean, our brain is not wired that way, that we’re worried about things that are happening in 2050, or 50 years from now. It’s wired about what’s happening today, and no one – even the top environmental officials – really communicates this the right way.”
It’s a global warming fact that about half of Americans are not concerned about global warming or climate change. Part of the reason for this lack of concern is the conflicting reports in the media. For example, Jay Zwally, a glaciologist with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, does believe man-made global warming is a valid concern, but he also claimed it’s possible the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet is not responsible for the sea level rising.
In fact, NASA recently proved the Antarctic ice sheet has been growing, even though a 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report “concluded that the Antarctic ice sheet has lost an alarming amount of mass with little or no gain.” At the same time, a very large part of Greenland’s ice sheet is melting rapidly at an increasing rate.
This is a key issue since Al Gore famously claimed global warming would cause icebergs and ice sheets to melt, which could then potentially drown coastal cities under the rising sea levels. The situation is also confusing since some scientists have begun changing their terminology, referring to “climate warming” instead of climate change or global warming.
According to what Arnold Schwarzenegger told the Sacramento Bee, climate change science just needs better salesmanship in order to sell the idea to the public.
“We’ve just got to simplify the message,” he said. “We need to have the general public become part of the movement, and the only way the general public becomes part of the movement is if it is a simple message, and if it’s an uplifting message, and if they know that if we don’t go in the right direction it goes south and we’re going to have the consequences of all these people dying. And I think we can do better than that.”
Not everyone may agree. When Schwarzenegger commented on climate change back in February of 2015, some on Facebook claimed the “Terminator” needed an “operating system restart” since he was “infected with some liberal koolaid virus.” It’s possible that his newest comments at Paris’ climate change summit will be viewed in the same light.
What do you think?
[Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images]