Again, this week Amanda’s challenged us to think about about recycling and specifically what you or your country does. Last week I talked about recycling initiatives in France while this week I’m tackling climate change!
In late 2018 France launched a satellite to study the effects of global warming; a satellite designed in collaboration between France and China to help scientists better understand climate change. The satellite is orbiting the Earth from a distance of 520km for three years to better allow scientists to observe the world’s oceans and better predict storms and cyclones and help improve understanding of the interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere.
This is just one large-scale project that France is involved in to tackle climate change, but there are many other smaller ones, and even on a personal level there is a strong interest among French citizens in doing their bit. The latest European Social Survey (ESS) has found that French people have one of the highest senses of personal responsibility towards climate change in Europe and the highest sense that their actions can make a difference.
Round 8 of the ESS study surveyed 44,387 respondents from 23 European countries. On an 11-point scale, France scored just under seven for feelings of personal responsibility and a little over seven for self-efficacy.
When asked about their beliefs on the realities of climate change, 96.3% of French respondents said the climate is probably or definitely changing, 93.8% said climate change is at least partly caused by human activity and 73.7% said they believe that the impact of climate change will be bad.
Of the 23 countries surveyed, France had the fourth highest number of people saying they were very or extremely worried about climate change, although they were less worried about energy availability and affordability than many other counties. Russia was the country most worried about energy reliability and Estonia was the country most worried about energy affordability.
The French public want politicians to act on climate change followed the release of a specialreport from the UN which looked at the adverse impacts of global warming reaching 1.5°C, which the report estimates will between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate.
This year the girls are are opening up the challenge, making its focus not purely on photography but making it a little more varied, a little more open and interesting.
Are you joining in this year? Go on……you know it’ll be fun!