As fires rage across the country, you might wonder why our politics isn’t on fire as well?
Climate breakdown is obliterating heat records, killing people, killing crops, and just burned another Canadian town to ash. Western Europe and Uganda are suffering cataclysmic flooding.
Drought is causing famine in Madagascar. All while we are still well below supposedly “safe” levels of overheating.
Surely this is a massive wake-up call for the public, and all that’s needed now is political will for governments to act much more urgently?
But a little item floated by this past week suggesting the situation is not so straightforward.
Pollsters asked Canadians across the country what caused the recent heatwave. The folks at Leger wanted to know whether people thought “the unprecedented heatwave gripping western North America” was the result of climate change or natural causes?
Fifty-nine percent blamed “human actions, such as burning fossil fuels,” while 41 percent said “natural phenomena, such as ocean currents and the jet stream.”