In today’s society I believe when it comes to the challenges presented to us by climate change, we either further go on to support the issue or look the other way. It is unfortunate that some people consider climate change as none of their responsibility. I believe majority of people are uninterested in the issue of climate change because it won’t affect them in their lifetime. However, is it not important to protect the livelihoods of future generations from the negative repercussions of climate change? Furthermore, it is as if people are wearing black veils and are oblivious to the negative effects it will have on the human race and species.
Journalists are faced with the challenge whether to provide balance on climate change issues and provide a ‘voice to the voiceless’ (Ward, 2009). The term ‘false balance’ refers to journalists reporting both sides of the environmental debate of climate change. According to Ward (2009, p. 14) “reporters may for too long have been balancing opinions.” The media should stop presenting false balance about climate change and society should just face the music.
It is clearly obvious that climate change is having a dramatic impact on the pacific small island states. Unfortunately the inhabitants of Kiribati have become vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with rising sea levels destroying their houses and there way of life. This is evident in the below picture. Although the locals produce little greenhouse gas emissions they are at the forefront of the issue. The Pacific Calling Partnership provide locals with assistance in training and up skilling. Educational programs give an opportunity for locals to become skilled members. When there time comes to leave, they will not just be seen as climate change refugees but as skilled workers. The transition to another country will be difficult, the challenge that arises is how locals will maintain and sustain cultural identity.
Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach is under threat due to rising sea levels and the possibility that high tides will flood parts of Sydney. According to Hashan and Hannam (2013), “The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released on Friday, found the sea level would rise and could be expected to be up to 80 centimetres higher by the end of the century.” The below image reveals how Bondi Beach will look in 2100, it is evident beachfront infrastructure will have the direct impact.