Insights into “climate deniers” and effective ways to deal with them

A strong majority of Americans are concerned about the climate crisis.  Some people are “climate deniers” or “climate skeptics.”  Some of these people have been fooled by fossil fuel company propaganda and/or right-wing propaganda.  Some simply do not understand the scientific realities.

Those of us who care about the climate want to build the grassroots movement to protect the climate.  Some climate supporters are frustrated, flummoxed, or depressed by the “deniers” and “skeptics” who are polluting mass media, confusing the public, and preventing governments from solving problems.

I have seen several recent articles that can help us understand those people — and how to deal with them effectively.  Here are just a few examples:

 

 

Climate Denial: Why It Happens and What To Do About It:  With Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up” still igniting conversations around science and climate denial, we decided to take a look at why people disbelieve empirical truths in the first place.

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/climate-science-denial-why-and-what-to-do-about-it

 

 

Big Oil’s Tactics to Delay Climate Action Are the New Climate Denialism:  https://truthout.org/articles/big-oils-tactics-to-delay-climate-action-are-the-new-climate-denialism/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=1eb85800-300b-4888-bab9-cc44db807709

The information in the article linked immediately above is another great example of what my guest on my September 2021 TV program explained.  I named that month’s TV episode “Debunk the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Phony Climate Remedies.”  You can watch the video and/or read a thorough summary of what we said at this link:  https://parallaxperspectives.org/watch-and-or-read-tv-debunk-the-fossil-fuel-industrys-phony-climate-remedies

 

 

The Union of Concerned Scientists (www.ucsusa.org) is a very savvy organization that works effectively on the climate crisis.  In September 2021 they posted this resource to help us cope with the “disinformation” promoted by fossil fuel companies, etc.:  https://ucsusa.org/climate/disinformation

 

If you feel stressed out by “climate denial,” this quotation by Aldous Huxley might help you stay grounded in reality:  “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

 

 

We can move conservatives to support the climate if we use the right kinds of wording and messaging:  We can move conservatives to support the climate if we use the right kinds of wording and messaging.  Banging away on the facts won’t change the minds of people who refuse to support smart climate actions.  For the climate – just as for other issues – we need to “frame” the issue and use the kinds of wording and messaging that will help different kinds of people start to move in our direction.  This smart article provides hope for bipartisanship: A new study shows that microtargeting conservatives is the most  effective way to reach them on climate change. Donald Trump turned “climate change” into a partisan word — but if we learn to speak a common language on the climate crisis, we can still grow our movement and find the long-elusive bipartisanship that will help win this battle.

 

 

Back in 2020, a public opinion poll about the climate says “denialism” has reduced and “alarm” has increased.  See this article:  https://grist.org/climate/new-polling-on-climate-change-denial-is-out-alarm-is-in/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org