Global warming is increasing, extreme weather is appearing all over the world. Intense heat, floods and deaths are now the main news. Is the world losing the war on climate change? Is this inactivity being denied the significance of this – or why? What is the way of liberation? World-renowned thinker Noam Chomsky was confronted with these questions by the US media Truth Out.
Noam Chomsky, an American linguist, is currently an Emeritus Professor at MIT and L’Oreat Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. The number of books published by Noam Chomsky on various subjects is more than one and a half hundred. The interview, taken by journalist CJ Polycnur, was published on July 29. The interview was translated by Sadia Mahjabin Imam .
CJ Polycranio: The harmful effects of climate change are coming to the fore every day. Noam Chomsky : As you may remember, three years ago Oxford physicist Raymond Pierrehumbert wrote, ‘Now is the time to panic. We are in great danger. The authors of the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report were led by Raymond Pierrehumbert.
In all that has been known so far, the warning is intensifying. A draft of the IPCC report went to AFP last June. There was a list of the final limits on some of the issues that the world has come close to. This is what surprises scientists even more. Extreme weather is similar to the observations made by environmentalist Michael Mann decades ago. But this situation is going beyond that prediction. This may be due to the fact that the warming of the atmosphere has not found a place in environmental studies.
There is a good side to this scary news. In this way, the world leaders may understand what kind of terrible situation they are creating. If you look at what is happening in front of your eyes, the Republican Party of the United States and its staunch supporters – ‘Fox News’ may think for a while about the reality.
We have also seen signs of this in the Corona crisis. Republican governors who joked about the caution later took cognizance of the matter. One of the effects of the policy makers’ disregard for environmental disasters is that it affects the minds of ordinary people. A recent survey found that 58 percent of Republicans do not care about climate change. According to more than 40 percent, people have no role to play here. And 44 percent think environmentalists are having an additional impact on policy-making discussions.