Last week, we asked you to be curious about why some people DON’T believe in climate change. We thought this questions from Raven the Rauthor at Malcolm Arnold got to the bottom of the problem. They put themselves in the shoes of someone who doesn’t believe in climate change and asked why they might have that opinion.
Think about why you believe in climate change. Is it because your teachers told you it exists? Is it because the Burnet News Club told you it exists? Is it because you’ve seen it on the news?
If you believe in climate change, it is because you trust whoever told you to tell you the truth. We don’t really see the effects of climate change so we have to believe that people are telling us the truth about it. If you don’t trust those people, you aren’t going to believe in climate change. A good example of this is Donald Trump. He doesn’t trust the news and he doesn’t trust scientists who tell him climate change exists. He also doesn’t live in a country that is majorly affected by climate change (yet), so of course he doesn’t believe in it! In his mind, he has seen no trustworthy evidence that it exists.
Enter next week’s competition to ask questions about how we can challenge these people’s opinions on climate change.
TIPS FOR GREAT QUESTIONS
We look for questions that make people think about the issue. Make sure they are:
- Debatable – make sure people could have different points of view on the answer.
- Based on what you have learned or thought about the issue so far.