More than 200 million people could be forced out of their homes over the next 30 years due to climate change, according to a new report from World Bank.
According to the report, most people will have to move because of rising sea levels and lack of water and crops.
Researchers find that the language used to describe the climate crisis is difficult for many people to comprehend.
“These are people who are saying that they’re concerned about climate change and presumably, they’re willing to engage with climate change communications and even these audiences are not necessarily being reached,” said Wändi Bruine de Bruin a provost professor of public policy psychology and behavioral science at the University of Southern California.
According to the lead author of this study, her team conducted a survey of people in the U.S. and discovered that most Americans misunderstood the terms “mitigation”, “carbon neutral”, and “unprecedented transformation”.
Many people mistakenly believe that “mitigation”, “mediation” or “carbon” are used interchangeably to refer to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
The first step to solving climate change is understanding the problem.
“Well, it is a serious problem, and I think that more and more people are becoming more concerned about this,” Bruine Bruin stated. They may not want to or be able act if they don’t have the right information.