Hilary Ostrov writes about another Internet poll gone horribly wrong:
Back in March of this year, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced an “innovative initiative” in which participants from around the world are invited to vote on what the priorities should be in a post-2015 world.
From now until 2015, we want as many people in as many countries as possible to be involved: citizens of all ages, genders and backgrounds, particularly the world’s poor and marginalized communities.
This page also lists the sixteen choices (from which a voter may select only 6), of which two in succession were quite interesting:
Reliable energy at home
Action taken on climate change
If you decide to vote, you’ll see that each of the choices has an explanation. There is good news and bad news on the “Reliable energy at home” front. They’re not talking “renewable”, but:
This means that all family members should have reliable and affordable electricity or other sources of energy at home for lighting, heating and cooking. More of that energy should be sustainably generated
but they slipped in “sustainable” (without defining it!) … And here’s the (somewhat predictable) explanation they provide for “Action taken on climate change”:
This means that governments should take on binding commitments to reduce carbon emissions to levels which can keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees, and invest in adaptation measures particularly involving vulnerable communities
I took the poll, and afterwards using the mouseover to highlight the climate change issue, the results show that climate change just isn’t a priority, especially with people that have a low HDI (Human Development Index) which is a measure of the prosperity and health of the country they reside in.
It seems concern over climate change is a rich person’s pastime, which just goes to show that cheap energy is the path forward to a better HDI, and thus a greater ability to be concerned about the environment. Translation: people just getting by don’t have time for such concerns.
Vote for yourself here if you wish: http://www.myworld2015.org/index.html