Disinfo: Climate change is not such a big concern for citizens

Summary

The Paris Agreement didn’t progress because whilst awareness on climate change mobilises the media, it is not a serious concern for regular citizens. Those concerns about the climate are not as real or pressing as we have been led to believe in Canada, the US, Eastern Europe and some Latin American regions.

Disproof

False claims misrepresenting the citizen perception of climate change. This is part of a recurrent Russian narrative on climate change designed to increase polarisation in Western societies.

While in 2009 57 percent of Canadians thought that serious action on climate change should wait until the recession was behind, this problem is now concern number 1 for the citizens of the country. A recent survey from Yale University and George Mason University found that 69 percent of US citizens are “somewhat worried” about climate change and 29 percent are “very worried.” These are the highest values since the surveys began in 2008, and the “very worried” category shows an 8 percent jump compared to the previous survey published in April 2018.

A study by Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project found that in Mexico and Central America, 81.5 percent characterized climate change as a “very serious” problem, with an additional 10.4 percent characterizing it as “somewhat serious”. South Americans followed close behind, with 75 percent answering “very serious” and 15.2 percent saying “somewhat serious”. In the Caribbean, 66.7 percent answered “very serious” and 21.9 percent said “somewhat serious.”

According to another survey by the Pew Research Centre, released in April 2019, 66 percent of Hungarians and 55 percent of Poles think that global climate change is a major threat, while 26 percent and 31 percent of citizens in Hungary and Poland, respectively, consider it a minor threat. Only 6 and 10 percent of Hungarians and Poles don’t see it as a threat at all. Globally, 68 percent of citizens think it is a major threat and 20 percent see it as a minor threat, with only 9 percent dismissing it as a danger.

You can see other examples of disinformation about climate change in our database, such as the alleged lack of evidence of human responsibility in climate change, the lies of environmental activist Greta Thunberg (who is in a war with white men), the weaponisation of climate issues by the West in order to prevent Russia's development or its use to distract the public from the real threats to humanity.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Mexico, Canada, Hungary, US, Poland
  • Keywords: Climate

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives portraying George Soros and his foundation as a villainous and bent on destroying Armenia and other countries, threatening national values. Read similar cases claiming that Soros foundation is organising clashes in Armenia and serving foreign agendas aimed at the collapse of Armenian statehood. Soros has been accused (without evidence) of a wide range of sins: destabilising Europe, organising colour revolutions, attacking churches and traditional values as well as sponsoring the film "Joker" as a tutorial for colour revolutions. Read more about how pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets target George Soros.

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Since 2018 Armenia is under Anglo-American occupation, similar to Nazi operations

During the Great Patriotic War, on the occupied territories the Nazis formed police groups from the 5th column of the local population in order to provide physical and propaganda support during the Nazi’s operations. The nature of methods has not changed over the years. Since 2018 they have been widely applied in Armenia. With the launch of Anglo-American punitive actions against Armenia.

A whole army of foreign agents or agents of influence, Soros Hilfspolizei, has been trained for years. Today they carry out the same functions as the Nazi police groups. More than that, they serve the interests of the Anglo-American criminal occupation regime in Armenia.

The punitive operation against the Armenian people will continue. As long as Armenia is under the occupation of the Anglo-American Nazis and their anti-Armenian Soros Hilfspolizei.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory; no evidence given. This disinformation message promotes the concept of a big conspiracy and is consistent with the recurring Shadow Government narrative, which pro-Kremlin disinformation sources often deploy as a rhetorical device to undermine the West and the international liberal-democratic institutional order.

It is also aimed at discrediting a number of democratic and liberal concepts such as civil society, and to question the legitimacy of Armenian state institutions. Above all, this message is in line with the narrative of lost sovereignty, in this case as a result of alleged purposeful actions by global elites.

Poland does not want to know the truth about its past

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These countries, and Poland, first of all, need to make a moral effort and, finally, recognise the presence of dark spots in their history – cooperation with the Germans. Otherwise, there would not have been so many victims, including among war prisoners.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and part of the ongoing disinformation attack on Poland. It accuses Europe of "covering-up facts about the Second World War". According to this policy, the official Russian historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting the historical events about WWII.

It is an undeniable historical fact that both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. Moreover, these two regimes are mutually responsible for the outbreak of WWII. It is a historical fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact enabled the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in the occupation of this country by Germany and USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII.