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Por qué el cambio climático es una cuestión de educación

NUEVA YORK – El cambio climático nos afecta a todos, pero todavía no estamos actuando con la celeridad que deberíamos para enfrentar sus causas, mitigar el cambio y adaptarnos a sus efectos. Mucha gente no entiende los riesgos que plantea el cambio climático a las estructuras económicas y sociales mundiales. Y, lamentablemente, muchos de los que sí entienden desdeñan los beneficios de amplio alcance que generaría un giro global hacia la sustentabilidad y la energía limpia.

Según un estudio reciente de Pew, siete de cada diez norteamericanos clasificados como políticamente independientes no estaban demasiado preocupados porque el cambio climático fuera a afectarlos. Peor aún, investigadores de la Universidad de Yale recientemente determinaron que el 40% de los adultos del mundo nunca oyó hablar del cambio climático. En algunos países en desarrollo, como la India, esa cifra asciende al 65%.

Son cifras desalentadoras, pero pueden mejorar. El estudio de Yale concluyó que "el logro educativo tiende a ser el único indicador más fuerte de la conciencia pública del cambio climático". Al invertir en educación de calidad, podemos colocar a la próxima generación en el camino correcto hacia la resolución de este problema global.

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