About 73 percent of people now believethat the Earth's climate is approaching dramatic and irreversible "tipping points," according to a global poll released Tuesday.
A poll conducted prior to the publication of the UN sensational climatology report last week found that more than half (58 percent) of respondents in the G20 countries are very or extremely concerned about the state of the planet.
Scientists are increasingly worried that some feedback mechanisms in nature - such as the irreversible melting of ice sheets or permafrost - may be close to being triggered because the CO2 content in the atmosphere is not decreasing despite the pandemic.
The IPCC report warns that the Earth will be 1.5C hotter in 2030 than it was in pre-industrial times, a full decade earlier than predicted just three years ago.
The report states that “low probability and high impact” tipping points, such as the transformation of the Amazon from a carbon sink to a carbon source, are “not ruled out”.
A poll by the Global Conservation Alliance and Ipsos MORI on Tuesday found that four out of five respondents want to do more to protect the planet.
The world does not dream of disaster. People know that we are taking colossal risks, they want to do more, and they want their governments to do more"said Owen Gaffney, lead author of the survey-based report.
A poll conducted on Tuesday showed that residents of developing countries are more willing to protect nature and climate than residents of richer countries.
95 percent of respondents in Indonesia and 94 percent in South Africa said they are willing to do more for the planet, compared with 70 and 74 percent in Germany and the United States, respectively.
AND while 59 percent of those surveyed said they believe in the need for a quick transition from fossil fuels, only eight percent recognized the need for large-scale economic change this decade, writes Agence France-Presse.
According to Gaffney, the survey showed that "people really want to do something to protect naturebut report that they lack informationand they face financial constraints in their actions."
“The vast majority of people in the richest countries in the world … are concerned about the planet and want to protect it,” said Kenyan ecologist Elizabeth Wathuti. “They want to be the planet’s rulers. This should send a wake-up call to the leaders of all countries."