You are absolutely correct but there is still a very real chance that 2020 may be dominated by the climate crisis. With Australia burning and all indications of rapidly accelerating problems we could see a new level of North American disasters this summer.
People are already aware as you survey results show. Most people are aware and worried. Anyone young enough to have a future is very worried. Greta is speaking for them.
We are very good at ignoring things until it is nearly too late. It will work out and, besides, my car needs fixing and my job may go away. But those are all related, it’s not clear to many people yet that we have only one real problem. We have created a planetary disaster that is already eating us alive. Increasing death rates in the US are a symptom of repressed fears and knowledge.
Once the reality become unmistakably clear panic will set in. I think we are much closer than we, even with a close eye on scientific reality, are actually admitting to ourselves.[