What about the previous stats were they surprising?
We have this sense that if we make some changes to impact the environment, it’s just a drop in the bucket – many more people need to also make those changes in order for the impact to be real. This is a very discouraging thought & one which keeps many of us from taking positive action. On the other hand, if all of us who had these discouraging thoughts on a regular basis actually did what we knew was right, we might actually have the impact that we would like.
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**From “Facts Out of Context” (citing Roper Center for Public Research), In Context, No. 26, Summer 1990, p. 5.
Another issue related to the topic of the environment is that we receive conflicting information all the time.
1) Many scientists believe that global warming is a very real phenomenon to which humans have greatly contributed. There is a small minority of scientists who say that global warming is a natural phenomenon that is not really being influenced by human acts.
2) There are those who say we should recycle & those who say recycling itself uses more natural resources than it saves.
3) There are those who say humans are negatively impacting fragile ecosystems and those who say the earth is in a constant state of change & that ecosystem change is just part of the natural order of things.
How do we sift through all of this information to figure out what is true?
Well, I can’t give you the grand answer to that, but I can say that you need to look at who is presenting the information. Many websites provide a skewed few of the facts or they give you information that may be true but leave out other important information that might influence your opinion on a topic.