Global Warming and Climate Change: What happened to get us so close to a worldwide crisis?
The climate change journal is here to provide a different view on Climate Change and Global Warming. The science behind these problems is settled, and we invite any visitors who still have doubts to go to our “Science” page. Thus the Climate Change Journal is not here to encourage scientific debate and discussion. There is no reason to spend time debating settled science. Instead this web site is designed to try to understand how so many people can be convinced or other wise choose to deny the existence of a problem that could have catastrophic consequences and will be very expensive to fix. In other words, what is it about us that got us here, inexplicably on the edge of global crisis.
We will explore the cycle of denial when it comes to climate change and global warming, as follows:
- Step 1 Corporate PR: Some corporations and their interest groups have a strong motivation to promote global warming and climate change denial. We explore the current state of ethics when it comes to big oil and gas producers, as well as manufacturers who seem to be willing to use any means necessary, including spreading flawed data, myths that have no scientific basis, and manipulated statistics. Some business, to their credit, are spending money to debate the fact that many solutions would be too expensive and damaging, which is a completely fair debate. But why does this corporate PR work? How do they make it compelling? The answer is that they know their audience, and this is explored in steps 2 and 3 of the cycle of global warming denial.
Step 2: Organizing the PR into a collection of myths: The intended audience at which the corporate denial campaigns are targeted to like to have a coherent and steady set of “facts” to back the denial and skepticism that is being pushed. This group, as can be seen in step 3, is comforted by certainty and threatened by uncertainty. Thus this group will be susceptible to an unwavering set of “facts”, even if they not based on sound science, because they will give the feeling of certainty that sometimes complex science cannot provide.
- Step 3: Tapping into the psychology of denial: For a certain group of people, a large swath of the population, the global warming and climate change problem taps into a set of deeply held fears” Fears of government taking too much control, fears of expensive solutions, and worries about something that in itself may be uncertain yet dangerous. Thus one reason it is so easy to promote deial and skepticism about global warming and climate change is that this group is already looking for psychological relief ?
- Step 4 How we can create change: The next step is a new step that is not fully taking place. This step would find ways to effectively break through global warming denial and skepticism - how can we actually promote healthy debate and discussion about potential solutions that is balanced and not too far to the extreme of hurting business with cumbersome solutions but also addressing this growing threat? How can we effectively help limit the effects of the psychological need to deny global warming even if it exists so this debate can start?
We also have a page dedicated to Holding the purposeful deniers responsible. We have to learn from our mistakes throughout human history, and this includes understanding those who promoted ideas that were harmful to society so that we can recognize the next round of issues. We predict that Global Warming and Climate Change will become a great example of the power of denial, the strength of a certain psychology, and the corrupting effects that big business can have when it wants to. This sections aim is to hold those people, political parties, and groups who are promoting denial and doubt responsible so that we see these issues more clearly and prevent this kind of problem from repeating in other areas.
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