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Kenapa Isu Perubahan Iklim Menyangkut Pendidikan

NEW YORK – Perubahan iklim mempengaruhi semua orang namun kita belum bertindak sebegitu cepatnya untuk menanggulangi penyebabnya, memitigasi kerusakannya, dan beradaptasi terhadap dampaknya. Banyak orang tidak memahami risiko-risiko perubahan iklim yang mengancam perekonomian global dan struktur sosial. Dan sayangnya, mereka yang paham pun cenderung meremehkan keuntungan besar yang akan tercipta dari peralihan global menuju keberlanjutan dan energi bersih.

Menurut studi terbaru Pew, tujuh dari sepuluh warga Amerika dikategorikan sebagai non-partisan tidak begitu takut jika perubahan iklim akan menimpa mereka. Lebih parahnya lagi, para peneliti asal Yale University baru-baru ini menemukan bahwa 40% orang dewasa di seluruh dunia bahkan belum pernah mendengar istilah perubahan iklim. Di sejumlah negara berkembang, seperti India, angka tersebut melonjak hingga 65%.

Angka-angka bahwasanya mengecewakan, tapi masih bisa diperbaiki. Studi dari Yale menyimpulkan bahwa “prestasi pendidikan cenderung menjadi satu-satunya penentu kesadaran publik yang paling kuat atas perubahan iklim”. Dengan berinvestasi pada pendidikan berkualitas, kita bisa mempersiapkan generasi berikutnya untuk menghadapi permasalahan global semacam ini.

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