While watching the movie “an inconvenient truth” I thought about, why American people react how they react, and why politicians are able to say things like “I do not believe in global warming”, without coming across as ridiculous to the population. And why they still vote Georg Bush, when they could have a president who is really ambitious to change something, to stop the pollution and the distruction of our planet and to improve the situation. The USA have so much economical power, which they have shown several times before, and so the real ability to change something through changing their habits and attitude and so being an example for rising powers like china and india and at the same time force them to do so to to maintain their relationship.
That this is not happening can in my opinion only be the result of a complete blindness of the people in the USA towards everything which is happening outside. When I hear politicians speaking I often think, how can people believe something that is that out of touch with reality? Don’t they want to see the inconvenient truth or do they really believe that this is not a matter of facts but a matter of belief?
Sarah brought up a lucid explanation today. It’s a matter of their education which not automatically includes subjects as geographics and history, the result is that they never waste a thought of what is happening outside of the USA. Naturally they do not react on matters as pollution and global warming because it feels as they do not affect them, this is outside the USA and that will not come across to them. They do not see that it’s about the whole planet in which they are a part.
So how to solve this issue? the only solution would be to change the education system, which is a long process. But how could they change the system with a president who are as blind as they are?
Personally I’m convinced that with the right politicians a change in the USA would be possible, but when will they vote someone who is able to, when they are happy how it is now, because in their opinion obviously nothing is wrong at the moment…