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PSYCHOLOGY OF CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL
Some psychologists decided to weigh in on the issue of climate change and provided a few hypotheses to try to explain why some people are reluctant to acknowledge climate change and take action.
Here are the top hypotheses: .
MINSINFORMATION & MISLEADING INFO
Michael Ranney, professor of education at the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Psychology believes that “...the internet, for decades, has been offering information that is misleading." According to him and others there is a prevalence of deceptive or erroneous information about climate change. .
FALSE NEWS OFTEN SPREAD FASTER THAN TRUE OBJECTIVE NEWS
One of the reasons people might be sharing that false information — which they may not recognize as false — is that it represents their worldview — a phenomenon called confirmation bias.
A simple google search for this term will produce this: “the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one's preexisting beliefs or hypotheses.” .
Another important thing to consider, Ranney says, is the lack of knowledge about the issue. To this end, he created the website How Global Warming Works, which provides short videos explaining the mechanisms of global warming. .
How we communicate and spread awareness matters. Do not paint a doom and gloom scenario all the time. Instead, find ways to communicate the seriousness of the threat by empowering people and encouraging them to take action. .
LACK OF CLIMATE ADVOCATES
There is a lack of trusted individuals (people in local communities, businesses, people in positions of power, etc) acting as climate advocates and spreading awareness
LACK OF GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESSES INVOLVEMENT
Both institutions, which are extremely influential, should aim to get involved and use their positions to motivate and empower individuals to take action.
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