Originally Posted by Narzon
This. The idea that all major cities would be flooded in a few years may have been extreme, but you really need to be extreme if you want the general public to notice. A feeling of urgency can really make people conscious about what they're letting into the atmosphere. Saying that it might cause some problems 100 years from now doesn't motivate very many people.
Something else that motivates people... economically viable alternative energy sources. Though first you have to find one that's "economically viable", a solar panel that costs a months pay (or more) that is only 32% efficient is NOT economically viable.
You don't always have to tell someone there's a gun to their child's head to get them to make changes. People are buy higher MPG cars not cause they give 2 hoots about the environment but because they want to save on gas money. Car manufactures are also building more economical cars because of the rise in demand for them... funny how economics works.