Environmental Protection and Global Wellness
This course affects my understanding on environmental issues because the “greenhouse effect” or as “global climate change,” is widely recognized as one of the most important issues on the current international environmental agenda. Although the extent and timing of effects are uncertain, climate change is thought to have effects for parks including food and water supplies, energy production, ecosystem, species survival, human health, and social and political stability. Second, since people generally have little direct contact with global warming, it is probable that many rely on the mass media as a primary source of information about this topic. Third, this topic has generated considerable scientiﬁc and political controversy. Although there is now a large degree of scientiﬁc consensus that some degree of global warming is indeed occurring, there is less agreement about both the exact consequences of unchecked global warming and the consequences of strategies to mitigate negative effects. This allows considerable leeway for public confusion over the causes, consequences, and viability of possible solutions to the problem. In addressing the role played by mass communications in solving environmental problems such as global warming, a better grasp of what constitutes “understanding” of an environmental problem is clearly needed. I’m very optimistic and very pessimistic about the future. I have spent years trying to decide which of these feelings is the right one, but I have come to the conclusion that there are certain questions that naturally arouse an indecisive response, and that rather than trying to reject one in favour of the other, I need to accept both. On the one hand I see the global awakening that is occurring, the thousands of fantastic projects that are being made and the incredible new inventions that suggest we really can turn things around. On the other hand I see the mass...
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