Politicians Lie Everytime About Subjects on the Environment, Acknowledge Climate Transformation !
Now more than ever, climate change is a very hotly debated topic which often comes up in the news. This year alone, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and World Meteorological Organization released very alarming reports stating that we are "way behind" on the objectives of the Paris Agreement. While there will be some individual action involved if we are to tackle the climate crisis, laws and regulations passed by governments will be imperative to avoid the worst case scenario. Using the Quotebank dataset, we were interested to see whether climate change is used as a campaign promise by politicians or if it really is a subject that is constantly talked about. Furthermore, which political groups are the most involved in proposing solutions and spreading awareness about the pressing climate crisis that we are facing. More importantly : do they Act?
Using Quotebank, WikiData, allong with the Environmental indicators for USA dataset, our study aims at giving an answer to the following interogations :
- What are the periods when the subject is most highlighted, and at the heart of the debates ?
- Do voting periods have an impact ?
- Who speaks the most about climate change ?
- What is their position on the subject ?
- Do politicians all have the same words and opinions on the subject ?
- What factors affect this position ?
- Does speaking about the problem mean taking action ?
The first part of our study was to retrieve for the Quotebank dataset the quotes related to climate-change from 2015 and 2020. Then, we tackled the problem by giving an answer to each of our questions in three sections :
I. Temporal Analysis
II. Semantique Analysis
III. Behavioral Analysis
“Believe in the power of your own voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders, the more our world will change for the better.” - Al Gore, Former US Vice President
I. Temporal Analysis
With the quotes relating to climate change gathered from the Quotebank dataset, we aim to tackle our first question about climate change in politics and media outlets. Is climate change really at the heart of debate or is it just talked about when big events arise and then forgotten until next catastrophe? We plotted the amount of quotes per week in a time series so as to visualize the evolution over time. As we can see, the topic changes in popularity quite a lot. There are clear spikes in the amount of quotes, which we tried to annotate in the following graph.