Sorgen machen, aber richtig

KOPENHAGEN -- Seit undenklichen Zeiten sorgen sich die Menschen über die Zukunft der Erde. Einst glaubten wir, dass der Himmel einstürzen würde. In jüngerer Zeit dann machten wir uns Sorgen, dass unser Planet einfrieren könnte, und dann, dass unsere Technologie wegen eines zur Jahrtausendwende freigesetzten Softwarefehlers zum Stillstand kommen werde.

Diese Ängste sind dahin geschmolzen, doch die Welt steht heute vor vielen echten, drückenden Problemen. Wer sich die Umwelt, Staatsführung, Wirtschaft, Gesundheit oder Bevölkerungsentwicklung ansieht, findet eine Menge Gründe, sich Sorgen zu machen.

Unglücklicherweise jedoch neigen wir dazu, uns auf einige wenige der wichtigen Probleme unseres Planeten zu konzentrieren, und darum erhalten wir ein verzerrtes Weltbild. Die Abholzung etwa ist ein Problem, das alarmierende Schlagzeilen und weit verbreitete Beunruhigung erregt hat und gegen das viele Prominiente sich engagieren. Sie ist – um es deutlich zu sagen – eine volkstümliche Sache.

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