Global warming's irremediable nature, exacerbated by the observation of disasters like floods, droughts and successive heat waves, can cause significant anxiety, coupled with a feeling of powerlessness given the immensity of measures needed to address the situation.
Despite a minority of climate skeptics still denying this phenomenon, the scientific community agrees that global warming is largely due to human activity: overconsumption, intensive breeding, massive use of fossil fuels, and the human lifestyle, especially the Western one, must be questioned.
One of the UN communiqués reports that if humanity continues to live at its current rate, the Earth's temperature will rise by three to five degrees by 2100, causing major climate disruptions in many regions of the world. The average temperature of the blue planet has already risen by about 1.2 degrees over the last century, and climate tension is rising, since the problem no longer concerns the future, but already affects the present.
In fact, individual responsibility, although indispensable, cannot be transformed into an anxiety-provoking and general guilt-trip, and is therefore not sufficient: States and large corporations have a significant leverage power.
French people seem to have become aware of the crucial role of politics in environmental issues, as shown by the results of the last municipal elections, in which lists led by the Europe Écologie/Les Verts (EELV) party were elected to head several large cities.
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Products taxation to fight climate change and reduce emissions in France 2020
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