Why we must wipe out climate denialism

With a survey showing that only 15 per cent of Brits are worried about global warming, it’s time to extinguish the ideas warping the public’s mind.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill
chief political writer

Topics Politics

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A new survey has revealed that out of 12 countries surveyed for the Climate Confidence monitor, Britain is the ‘least concerned’ about global warming. Only 15 per cent of Britons are worried about the worst crisis mankind has ever faced. If anything shows the dangers of what some people term ‘free debate’, but what is really the spread of cancerous ideas in the British body politic, it is surely these findings. Before the UN Copenhagen conference on climate change in December, we need a focused, concerted effort to remove from public life the language of Denialese.

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