What is “Global Consciousness” (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this article I asked you to look up “hot-climate” and “cold-climate” cultures and figure out which you fit better into.  What does this have to do with Global Consciousness?

“One of the most important differences between the hot- and cold-climate cultures in the work setting is that the hot-climate culture is relationship based, while the cold is task-oriented … All hot-climate communication has one goal: to promote a ‘feel-good’ atmosphere, a friendly environment. The truth can take a backseat to the relationship (Lanier).”

By looking at the “hot-climate” culture of Costa Rica we can better grasp how characteristics of culture can effect feelings towards the environment.

Costa Rica is commonly known as “one of the happiest and greenest countries in the world,” and it holds true to that statement (Painter).  In Costa Rica the people are very much global citizens; they understand it is their duty to take care of the present and future environment.  What separates Costa Rica from other countries is that Costa Rican citizens truly care about the environment.  In example, Ricardo Ultate, a cattle farmer, stated in regard to giving up a car and planting trees in order to improve biodiversity on his farm, “Now I have a simpler, less materialistic life, more in tune with nature (Painter).”  Placing an emphasis on education and a relationship not only with family and friends but also with the surrounding environment, contributes to the “hot-climate” culture of Costa Rican citizens.

So what about “cold-climate” cultures like Europe?

“… the cold-climate person may be very friendly and warm, but when needing to get a job done or answer a question factually, he or she is completely focused on the task at hand. Rightly or wrongly, personal feelings are not considered to be part of the equation (Lanier).”

While cold-climate cultures may not feel emotional relationships with their surrounding environment, both their blunt society and ability to get things done have a way of benefitting their environment in the long run.  But what happens when a “cold-climate” culture is in fear they cannot handle a task at hand resulting from an environmental issue?

They hide it from their public and the media:

Europe’s Media Goes Completely Deaf & Dumb When It Comes To Record High Antarctic Sea Ice

By P Gosselin on 2. Oktober 2012

“When the Arctic set a record sea ice minimum back in August, the European mainstream media and government funded climate institutes howled in a deafening, days-long chorus of “global” climate Armageddon.

In late September, Antarctic sea ice hit an all-time high, reaching the highest level since modern data-recording began. Chart source: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Now fast forward one month to late September 2012 with the sea ice peaking at the opposite end of the planet, i.e. Antarctica. Knowing that the media has grown particularly sensitive to weather extremes, you’d think this current weather extreme around Antarctica would have set off a similar reaction. Any extreme, we are told, is proof of global warming.

All that extra ice beyond the 70°S latitude will reflect the sun’s precious heat back out into space, thus cooling the water even further, which means more ice will eventually develop, and thus there’s a real risk of reaching a dangerous and irreversible tipping point into unstoppable warming-induced cooling.

So why haven’t the media reacted? Well, there’s a limit to just how far the public and politicians, as gullible as they are, can be fooled. The media know where that line is: in Antarctica. When a cold, bitter and snowy winter strikes, only absolute morons actually believe that it is induced by global warming, and the media know that there are enough of them making up their readership. But when it comes to believing that global warming causes 19.5 million sq km of ice to form around Antarctica, even the media do not expect its dimwit readers to believe that. So they are keeping completely deaf and dumb about it. Informed readers, after all, are the last thing they want.

So not a peep of this has been mentioned anywhere in the German mainstream media.

If we google “Rekordeis” and limit the search to the last 7 days, we get thousands of reports of the Arctic melting, although it’s old news, but no reports of Antarctic sea ice setting a new all-time maximum.

Except for stories at German skeptic blogs EIKE andScience Skeptical, there’s nothing about this extraordinary event occurring at the South Pole in the major media outlets like German public television and radio, Spiegel, Bild, and at the major dailies. Also the main German climate institutes like the PIK, AWI and MPI are completely silent about it. They have no way of explaining this one.

So what can we conclude from this? The media saying absolutely nothing about this says a lot!

This is one genie they are not going to be able to keep bottled up.”

I really hope that Europe doesn’t let their “cold-climate” culture be the cause of the next Chernobyl incident.



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