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Do we all suffer from climate change denial?

Climate change denialism is something that applies to more than just diehard non-believers, a University of NSW researcher argues.

The unprecedented bushfire crisis has strengthened demand for government action on climate change and galvanised Australians to take to the streets protesting against the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Some Australians have taken more drastic action, such as actor Yael Stone who gave up the permanent right to work in the US.

But for many people, such action seems unrealistic.

"While we may know it is better for the environment to give up our car for public transport, stop using single-use plastics, or eat less meat — we do not always do all these things all the time," Belinda Xie asserts.

"It’s almost impossible to live with zero impact on the planet, but it’s what we do when we recognise this that matters.”

The UNSW PhD candidate specialises in cognitive science and researches the psychology of climate change.

“It’s important that we acknowledge we are all climate deniers, to some extent, and then understand how and why we reached this point,” Ms Xie said.

“It’s not simply because humans are bad or selfish people: there are a lot of external factors out of our control, such as the information we consume that can encourage denialism, or the way our economy is set up.

“So, we then need to ask ourselves: how do we overcome this denialism – what action can we take as a community and what can government and business do?”

Ms Xie said psychologists’ interest in climate science ramped up when climate scientist James E. Hansen told the US Senate in 1988 that the greenhouse effect had been detected and was changing the climate.

“Climate scientists have been doing their research and communicating it for many decades, but achieving behavioural change has been difficult,” she said.

“So, psychologists have been trying to find out why – for example, psychologists discovered that emotions and shared values, not facts, more easily resonate with people.

“People also feel psychologically distant from climate change: they think it’s not going to happen to them, it’s going to happen in the future, or it's going to happen overseas.”

What do you think? Is everyone that doesn’t take immediate action to address climate change in denial?

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I was born in London during WWII and grew up in an era where everybody used coal for heating.  We lived in a 3 bedroom apartment, which had two fire places.  One in the Lounge room and the other in my parent's bedroom.  We ALL had coal bunkers because we all used coal.  Well, I remember the thick smog which blanketed London in the 50's and 60's, which was caused by coal.  There were only about 10% of the cars on the road then, compared with now.  We had electric trolley buses, and the Underground for transport, so not adding to the smoke emissions.  Even the coal was usually delivered by a horse drawn cart.  It became so bad you literally could not see 2metres in front of you.  The buildings were being eaten by the acid in the fumes, and we were breathing it every day.  Something had to be done, and they brought in the Clean Air Act.  We had to convert to coke instead of coal.  No choice - it was the law.  Well I saw the difference it made, and the buildings later covered in scaffolding while they cleared off decades of smoke damage, and repaired where eaten away.

I've seen what a difference a Government that will act, makes.  Something we are sorely lacking here.  So our emissions only account for 1.5% of global emissions - well if all the other countries that only emitted 1-2% said the same, half the world could refuse to do anything.  Just because a couple of countries won't make the necessary changes, doesn't give us permission to do the same.  

Coal is very dirty, with what it sends up into the atmosphere, when burnt.  So we really should be using cleaner alternatives.    

I believe in climate change but it’s not man made. We have had the ‘perfect storm ‘ this summer. Hot and dry conditions with high winds led to it. People lighting the fires doesn’t help. Australia has and will always have bush fires. 

And the world has always had and allways will have Polio and Smallpox.

Where would we be if we had had this same attitude to throughout the centuries, we wouldn't have to worry about Climate Change, because we wouldn't be here.

We don't know if we can have an impact on Climate Change, we haven't even tried..  I for one don't belive in giving up on anything without even trying.  

Maybe we can't stop or reverse Climate Change, but we owe it to future generations to have the guts fo try.

Christine S. Don't rely on Google. I searched Bureau of Meteorology records. :-) 

Regarding:

"Hottest day ever recorded in Australia was in the early 1900s in Bourke, NSW. " — Oz in Or

Reply: "I just asked Google, different result to your statement. Where did your info come from? — ChristineS

"Christine S. Don't rely on Google. I searched Bureau of Meteorology records. :-)" — Oz in Or

 

I thought Australia's hottest day was recorded in Oodnadatta ... as per the Bureau of Meteorology article and other sources:

The hottest temperature recorded in Australia is 50.7°C at Oodnadatta in the far north of South Australia on 2 January 1960.

http://media.bom.gov.au/releases/138/extreme-heatwave-to-continue-for-large-parts-of-western-australia/

When in the history of the world has climate not changed.

I am guilty of not falling for this GLOBAL HOAX of epic proportions to dumb down the citzens of the wester world and turn you all into minions of the evil NW0 RUN BY THE ILLUMINATI.

When in the history of the world has climate not changed.

I am guilty of not falling for this GLOBAL HOAX of epic proportions to dumb down the citzens of the wester world and turn you all into minions of the evil NW0 RUN BY THE ILLUMINATI.

 

When in the history of the world has climate not changed.

I am guilty of not falling for this GLOBAL HOAX of epic proportions to dumb down the citizens of the western world and turn you all into minions of the evil NW0 RUN BY THE ILLUMINATI.

 

I dont know if the climate change is man  made or not,   but i DO believe we are not helping it,  the earth is there for a reason,  BUT,  we have dug great holes,  taking tons of earth out,     we have satalites flying in outer space,   which MUST do something to the atmosphere,    we have decimated mountain ranges,  [they must have been there for a reason],     the ice caps are melting and polar bear numbers are dwindling,    the ones that are there are facing starvation,       we spray anything and everything that has a surface,     use bleach by the gallon,    all MUST have some bearing to the atmosphere,    god help the planet by the time my grandsons  are adults,       

anything we do will be cancelled out by the largest emitters who will continue to do so..look at China.   how came the great climate expert Greta Thunberg has not said a word about China/INdia etc.

someone overseas said we should give up air travel to make any difference.   How many woud be prepared to live in a country that will be isolated from the rest of the world unless you do a Greta Thunberg and go by boat?   Not many when it is all boiled down and imagine the damage to tourism worldwide.   I agree we have to do something but this is bloody ridiculous.  We may as well top ourselves.

Climat change is real. We  must   turn to renewables for energy and cooling.  We must change our own personal bheviours when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint

Climat change is real. We  must   turn to renewables for energy and cooling.  We must change our own personal bheviours when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint

Sometimes I really believe when we don't hear what someone says about climate change or global warming, it isn't that they haven't said it, reporters or news people don't tell us. That makes it as if a good majority of the population doesn't care. We only need to look closer to home, scomo is ignoring the many who are demanding climate action and the latest is 60% of Australia wants something done.

But yes it isn't just only our ways, it is a global thing that needs action. Not going to help when the duck wants to dig for gas in the cariboo birthing areas of Alaska either - double whammy.

Beemee   I do  care. Have written countless letter and signed many petitions.Those in power above from the Greens do not listen

Beemee   I do  care. Have written countless letter and signed many petitions.Those in power above from the Greens do not listen

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