Recent public surveys have bared the American mentality. The results reveal that Americans are more concerned about setting right their own environment than being bothered about the rest of the world.
While a majority of the US public is aware of the deteriorating global environment, it is concerned predominantly with local and national environmental issues.
According to a report in ENN (Environmental News Network), the study was conducted by David Konisky, a policy research scholar with the Institute of Public Policy and assistant professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, US.
The survey polled respondents about their levels of concern for the environment and preferences for government action to address a wide set of environmental issues.
A strong majority of the public expressed general concern about the environment. But the survey listed the top three issues that the public wants the government to address as protecting community drinking water, reducing pollution of US rivers and lakes, and improving urban air pollution issues like smog.
In the survey, global warming ranks a measly eighth in importance.
"The survey's core result is that people care about their communities and express the desire to see government action taken toward local and national issues," said Konisky.
"People are hesitant to support efforts concerning global issues even though they believe that environmental quality is poorer at the global level than at the local and national level. This is surprising given the media attention that global warming has recently received and reflects the division of opinion about the severity of climate change," he added.
"Americans are clearly most concerned about pollution issues that might affect their personal health, or the health of their families," said Konisky.