The CAPS project is all about ‘climate awareness’ – but what exactly is this?
A FEW EXAMPLES:
There are several fields where this can be raised – for example, in sport:
Gimson and Burnet took to the Irish Sea on Tuesday with the aim of raising awareness of the climate crisis and the problems of environmental degradation in maritime travel, hoping to issue a wake-up call to the industry.
There are other actions – specifically by activists – which raise awareness:
Although Greta Thunberg has not devised any specific environmental strategies, she is credited with raising public awareness of climate change across the world, especially amongst young people. Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough told her: “You have aroused the world. I’m very grateful to you.”
Some activists will also raise some people’s hackles:
Awareness of issues around climate are being raised everywhere – from Singapore:
Design agency Kinetic Singapore created the School of Tomorrow exhibition to showcase their innovative approach in addressing climate crisis awareness.
… to the UAE, with Dubai holding the upcoming COP28
… to Nigeria, with an innovative way to engage young people:
But it’s also about raising awareness of very tricky issues – such as climate refugees:
As our planet warms, we’re experiencing more frequent and severe weather events, rising sea levels, prolonged droughts, and altered ecosystems. These environmental shifts directly affect people’s livelihoods by destroying crops and depleting water sources. They make once-inhabitable areas uninhabitable... it’s predicted that by 2050 up to 86 million Africans will migrate within their own countries due to weather shocks. But some will cross borders, triggering the need for international protection.
AN ATTEMPT AT A DEFINITION:
However, it’s rather difficult to actually get a definition of what we mean by ‘climate awareness’:
The most straightforward definition of environmental awareness is understanding the environment, how human behavior impacts the environment and the importance of protecting the environment.
Here’s an appreciation of the differences:
Environmental awareness and climate change awareness are crucial to promoting eco-friendly behavior among individuals. Researchers consider environmental awareness similar to climate change awareness, while both concepts are different by definition. For instance, environmental awareness refers to the awareness about the natural environment, i.e.; land, water, or similar natural resources, while climate change awareness refers to the awareness about climate issues, i.e.; greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or similar sources of environmental pollution.
Finally, though, it might help to have some clear definitions of the terms invovled:
Knowing the origins and debates around these terms can help us to understand our current context and equip us to speak with accuracy and purpose about our changing climate. Here we explore how climate change definitions have formed and shifted over time, helping to clarify the science, and pointing to some of the other key themes surrounding the topic today.