Flatbush/Midwood Residents: Your Feedback Wanted

Do you live in Flatbush or Midwood? Let your voice be heard on global warming!

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s New York City News Service has asked us to find out how you feel about global warming.

In addition to being posted on their web-based wire service, survey results may be picked up by local print-based publications. Please respond in the comments, with whatever degree of anonymity you prefer; all replies will be forwarded.

  • Do you believe in global warming?
  • What has led you to this opinion?
  • Do you do anything in your life differently since learning about global warming?
  • Do you know anyone who has the complete opposite opinion about global warming?
  • If so, what kind of discussions have you had about this?
  • Does the threat of global warming affect your sense of security?
  • Do you believe there is still a chance to reverse the effects of global warming?
  • How many times a week do you consider global warming? How many times a month?
  • 8 Responses to “ Flatbush/Midwood Residents: Your Feedback Wanted ”

    1. Okay, I’ll start:

      # Do you believe in global warming?
      Yes. However, i prefer the term Global Climate Crisis. Puts a little edge on the discussion.

      # What has led you to this opinion?
      Testimony by credible and respected scientists.

      # Do you do anything in your life differently since learning about global warming?
      Yes. Many things. Perhaps almost everything.

      # Do you know anyone who has the complete opposite opinion about global warming?
      Not personally, no.

      # If so, what kind of discussions have you had about this?
      I’m not sure what to say to someone who can remain a skeptic when the scientific community (except those who were bought off by the Bush Admin and the oil companies) has confirmed that global warming is real.

      # Does the threat of global warming affect your sense of security?
      Yes, though I try not to dwell on that aspect.

      # Do you believe there is still a chance to reverse the effects of global warming?
      Yes, but there is no time to waste, and it will not be easy.

      # How many times a week do you consider global warming? How many times a month?
      Daily.

    2. Anne, I concur with all your answers and would like to add the following;

      # Do you know anyone who has the complete opposite opinion about global warming?

      I only know one who has a well detailed opinion claiming global claiming climate change / global warming is not credible and a big fake. He also agrees with nearly all positions made by the Republican party. I suspect very few devout GOP’ers would ever publicly take a position against the party. On the other hand,I can’t seem to find any progressives or no-republicans who think global climate change is a sham. Occasionally some republicans (when in a brief, very brief soul-searching moment) seem to think there is some human created factor exacerbating the crisis. You might even catch them saying humans could do something about it, but don’t count on it.

      # Do you believe there is still a chance to reverse the effects of global warming?

      I’m not sure how we can reverse it. Yet we should immediately support legislation and local practices that helps stop it from getting worse. As well as continuing the research on reversing the damage. I am so amazed yet not surprised to see many credible Scientists form a huge consensus supporting the climate change theory only to get trashed by so few “questionable” sources.

    3. #1-Believe? it’s a fact, not a religion. Of course i believe.
      #2- How do I know? first hand experience; scientific community, al gore, books, people sharing knowledge..etc
      #3- Changed behavior? yes, lots. way more conscious and mindful of conservation. could do A LOT more though
      #4-know any naysayers? Not personally, but I know there is a scientific group that is trying to refute global warming and held a conference about it. ( probably paid for by Bush)
      #5any discussion w/ them? no- but good to talk to folks about taking their actions seriously.
      #6 Threat? Of course,
      #7 there a chance to reverse GW?/ Only if people change behavior, including me.
      8# times wk consider GW? every day at least once.

    4. To those who responded. Thanks for your feedback. Do you live in Flatbush/Midwood? Can you specify which for the article?

    5. • Do you believe in global warming?
      YES!
      • What has led you to this opinion?
      Scientific evidence.
      • Do you do anything in your life differently since learning about global warming?
      Yes, public transport, bicycling, using fewer petroleum based products and quite a few other things.
      • Do you know anyone who has the complete opposite opinion about global warming?
      I know of deniers and SUV owners.
      • If so, what kind of discussions have you had about this?
      No need to argue instead I try to persuade them that “being green” is good economically.
      • Does the threat of global warming affect your sense of security?
      No, the NRA is a bigger threat to my sense of security.
      • Do you believe there is still a chance to reverse the effects of global warming?
      No. In “An Inconvenient Truth” the most striking graphic is the population growth. In my 50 years the population has doubled from 3 billion to 6+ billion and will double again in 40 years. That no one is discussing zero population growth anymore is sad.
      • How many times a week do you consider global warming? How many times a month?
      I think about it often.

    6. IRONY

      From an article in the 2/25 issue of The New Yorker entitled “Big Foot” that discusses carbon footprints.

      “The best known climate-change bill now before the Congress, which would manage capping carbon limits, was written by Senator Joseph Lieberman.
      Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama and John McCain are co-sponsors.

    7. You bet I believe in climate change! But it doesn’t matter if I believe or not: it exists, willy nilly.

      Plus that’s not all that’s affected by excess carbon dioxide. The ocean is, too, where some of it is dissolving into seawater. It’s changing the pH, making seawater more acidic; some say “corrosive.” This water actually dissolves the shells of certain shellfish—clams and oysters, for example, as well as tiny plankton—and coral reefs. The effects are working their way up the food chain.

      This phenomenon is called “ocean acidification.” Its effects are potentially irreversible and certainly frightening.

    8. I live in Midwood.

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