Swansea residents voice opinion on climate change

WE asked people at Parc Tawe in Swansea how they felt about climate change and whether they thought it was an emergency.

“The weather is a lot stranger. I’m not sure if it’s the same everywhere. It is definitely an emergency, but people are unsure – is it too late? But we haven’t seen the big dramatic changes yet.” Anthony Beck, 33, of Neath.

“There probably is an emergency because scientists say there is. I think on the whole the UK are doing the best they can. It’s the big countries who aren’t – like India and China burning coal. It’s a worldwide thing. We are only a little country, aren’t we.” Gary and Pam Aitchison, 71 and 69, of Neath.

“The weather is all over the place. I think climate change is definitely contributing. You hear about icebergs melting and things like that. My friends bring it up all the time – they’re doing geography.” Katie Harries, 19, of Clydach.

“It is an emergency, really, for future generations. The weather is very strange. Where I live there is an orange haze at night. I don’t know if it’s pollution, or what.” Alice Munro, 41, of Brynmill.

“It’s a hard one. Things are definitely changing. The weather is completely erratic. I don’t think it’s an emergency, but then I don’t see the bigger picture. But what can you do as an individual? We all need to pull together and come up with a consensus for change, and actually stick to it.” Scott McDonnell, 31, of Manselton.

“I think we are bouncing back from the last mini-Ice Age, but I think humans are definitely contributing to the increase in temperature. I think the future will be quite different. I am conscious about energy consumption, and I’m trying to cut down on eating meat, but that’s more to do with the expense.” Jessica Rabaiotti, 24, of Port Talbot.

“I think it’s definitely something that needs to be considered, especially when you see someone like Donald Trump saying it doesn’t exist. There is scientific proof that climate change exists. We were watching one of those David Attenborough programmes, and it does really paint a picture of what we’ve got to lose.” Jonathan Saunders, 20, of Merthyr Tydfil.

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