A study conducted by Morning Consult research company showed that more than half of parents in different parts of the world are wondering whether they should have more children because of climate change. Analysts surveyed more than 5,000 people in India, Mexico, Singapore, USA and Great Britain about their attitude to the climate crisis. The study found that 91 percent of respondents were alarmed by the effects of global warming on their families’ lives and their future.
Parents were most concerned about rising temperatures (62%), water shortages (51%), rising sea levels (43%) and extreme weather events (43%). They also said they consider climate and sustainability when choosing products. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (64%) said they prefer products from sustainable sources, and for 60% of respondents, company sustainability practices play a large role in what they buy.
Parents are also willing to pay more for green products. Three-quarters (75%) of adults agree to pay extra for green clothing, 62% for pet products, and 59% for electronics.
More than half (51%) of respondents place climate responsibility on corporations. 36% believe that consumers should push manufacturers to be environmentally responsible and sustainable.
Anxiety about the climate crisis pushes people to live for today
Parents aren’t the only ones worried about the climate crisis, however. According to a 2020 study, about a third of the world’s population fears making long-term plans because of anxiety about the future caused by environmental destruction.
Experts say that the climate crisis is one of the most serious challenges to humanity. It increases the frequency and severity of natural disasters, including floods, droughts, forest fires and hurricanes. In addition, climate change has a negative impact on human health, the economy and biodiversity.
Research also shows that the climate crisis is exacerbating inequalities in society. More vulnerable groups, such as the poor and minorities, are more likely to suffer from its effects.
What to do?
According to experts, the problem of the climate crisis must be solved by joint efforts of all countries and the public at large. It is necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and switch to renewable energy sources. It is also necessary to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and transport, and to reduce the consumption of meat and other products that contribute greatly to greenhouse gas emissions.
Some experts also suggest using new technologies, such as carbon storage and artificial intelligence, to combat the climate crisis.
In conclusion, the climate crisis is a serious problem that requires immediate action by society and governments. Measures must be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and switch to renewable energy sources, as well as to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and transportation. In addition, attention must be paid to the vulnerable populations that are suffering from the effects of the climate crisis.