Challenging Myths

It is true that natural changes in the world's climate have happened in the past - but it is sometimes overlooked that in extreme cases this resulted in mass extinction! What we are dealing with now is potentially a big change in our climate that we ourselves have caused. Concentrations of heat trapping greenhouses gases in our atmosphere are now higher than they have been at any point in the last 800,000 years. Although this may not be new in relation to the history of the planet, it is entirely new in human history. It doesn't mean the world will end, but it could make the world a hostile place that cannot sustain life as we know it. Scientists who question whether climate change is happening are now few and far between.

Myth 1 - Human activity doesn't cause climate change

The majority of scientists are convinced that we are affecting the climate by the way that we live. In 2013 a survey showed that, of over 12,000 peer-reviewed climate science papers, 97% of those that expressed an opinion about what is causing climate change attributed it to human activity.

Myth 2 - It's too late to make a difference

There are some changes that have happened which cannot be reversed. However, by acting now, we can reduce the risk of big changes occurring to our climate and reduce the impacts that we and future generations will experience. Scientists believe we still have a window of opportunity to stop the most disastrous effects of climate change if we take strong action now.

Myth 3 - There's no point in me taking action

Every reduction in emissions that takes place, no matter where it occurs, makes a difference by not adding to the risk. Countries like the UK are in a great position to cut emissions and inspire others to do the same. We do need other countries to join in, but they need us to join in.

Myth 4 - Climate change will make life more comfortable in the UK

Climate change may lead to a warmer climate overall in the UK. But the climate may also be unpredictable and extreme, which will unpleasant for many people. We may have warmer winters, but they are also likely to be wetter. And in the summer, excessive heat will cause problems for the elderly, the very young, and those with health problems. Tackling climate change and helping to secure a more stable climate for ourselves will make life a lot more comfortable for us all in the end.