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Waarom klimaatverandering een kwestie van onderwijs is

NEW YORK – De klimaatverandering treft ons allen, maar we ondernemen nog steeds niet zo snel actie als we zouden moeten om de oorzaken ervan aan te pakken, de schade te beperken, en ons aan de effecten ervan aan te passen. Veel mensen zijn zich nog steeds niet bewust van de risico’s die klimaatverandering met zich meebrengt voor de mondiale economische en sociale structuren. En jammer genoeg stellen velen die zich er wel bewust van zijn zich afwijzend op tegen de verreikende voordelen die een mondiale verschuiving naar duurzaamheid en schone energie teweeg zou brengen.

Volgens een recent onderzoek van het Pew Research Center zijn zeven van de tien Amerikanen die te boek staan als politiek onafhankelijk weinig bezorgd dat klimaatverandering invloed op ze zal hebben. Nog erger is dat onderzoekers van Yale University onlangs vonden dat 40% van de volwassenen wereldwijd nog nooit van klimaatverandering gehoord heeft. In sommige opkomende landen zoals India loopt dit zelfs op tot 65%.

Deze cijfers zijn ontmoedigend, maar ze kunnen verbeterd worden. De studie van Yale concludeerde dat ‘opleidingsniveau de grootste indicator neigt te zijn van het publieke bewustzijn van klimaatverandering.’ Door te investeren in kwalitatief hoogwaardig onderwijs kunnen we de volgende generatie op het juiste pad brengen om dit mondiale probleem tegemoet te treden.

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