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What Makes People Skeptical Of Climate Change

You might have come across someone skeptical about climate change. Convincing them that climate change is real can be difficult, but it’s worth trying.

Many people believe in climate change. Scientists widely share research on the causes and effects of climate change. With the impact of climate change on the ecosystem, we should take action and protect our planet’s future. 

It is interesting to learn that some Americans still doubt climate change and its effects. Some skeptics use conspiracy theories to deny climate change. Others are ignorant and won’t believe anything they hear about climate change.

Human activities immensely contribute to climate change and global warming. That said, it’s worrying that every year, five of the world’s leading oil and gas companies spend approximately $200 million to delay, control or block climate change motivated policy.

Skeptics use various arguments to convince us that climate change isn’t real.

Political Fallacy

People who refute climate change like to argue that we can’t make a move if other nations are not acting. They say that America should not act on climate change if other countries are doing nothing.

China is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide globally. It is responsible for 28% of the world’s CO₂ emissions. The U.S. seconds at 15%. Poland, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa at 1% each.

Skeptics argue that every developed country has a responsibility to cut down carbon dioxide emissions. If other countries are not willing to reduce CO₂ emissions, then America should not go alone. 

According to Pew Research, Democrats are more likely to agree with climate change than Republicans. Climate change skeptics argue America has higher priority issues to address like homelessness and food insecurity. They believe that we have to fix the problems at home before getting involved with global issues.

Scientific Disproof 

Skeptics claim the scientific data on climate change is not conclusive. They hold that climate change is a natural cycle. For three decades, climate change models have shown a significant rise in global temperatures. Yet, skeptics contest these models arguing they are unreliable.

Skeptics reason that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is too little to have any significant heating effect. They claim there is a conspiracy by scientists to manipulate data to prove that climate change is real.

There is also general confusion on uncertainties in the study of climate change. These uncertainties include climate tipping points and the exact impact of climate change on different regions. The effects experienced in a region are different to those experienced in another. 

Financial Influence

Some skeptics claim that fixing climate change will be too costly for the country. They hold that the costs of reversing climate change outdo the benefits. Most of them are protecting the fossil fuel industry that gets annual subsidies worth $5.2 trillion

These astounding figures are enough to make oil magnates and other interested parties publicly disprove climate change data. They do this to bring about more skeptics. The subsidies they receive add up to 6% of the world’s gross domestic product. If the country were to do away with emissions in the fossil industry, these magnates would incur huge losses. So, they have to promote propaganda against climate change to keep their businesses running. 

Absurd Reasoning

Some people are ignorant about climate change. They reason that it’s good for the world because warmer temperatures will be beneficial to farming. They also claim that fewer people die of heat than cold. So, warmer temperatures will be an added advantage to vulnerable people living in cold areas. 

Warmer temperatures and longer summers may bring comfort for people living in temperate areas. But may have devastating effects on those living in the tropics. Climate change may lead to heat waves in these areas and increase desertification.

Plants need carbon dioxide to survive. Skeptics absurdly reason that climate change will enhance plant survival by increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They claim oceans will absorb carbon dioxide, which is essential for marine vegetation.

Crisis Denial

Skeptics believe scientists make the effects of climate change look worse than they are. Most skeptics have not first-hand experienced the effects of climate change, so they cannot believe in a crisis they can’t see. They argue that climate change is a fallacy created by scientists.

They opine that if indeed climate change is true, people should not be in a rush to effect change. Most skeptics feel that climate change is not for us to solve but the future generations. They are against changing our lifestyles to protect a planet we will not enjoy. They argue that almost everyone alive today will be dead in 100 years when scientists expect climate change to hit hard. So, climate change is not for us to solve. 

Convincing the Naysayers

You might have come across someone skeptical about climate change. Convincing them that climate change is real can be difficult, but it’s worth trying. The best way to persuade skeptics is not by using scientific facts but by emphasizing the values you share. For instance, if you live with a skeptic in the same community. Talk to them about how climate change is likely to affect your community. Tell them that global heating may prevent your great-grandchildren from enjoying your surroundings as you do today. Talk to them about the potential benefits of mitigating climate change.

Show the skeptics evidence of global warming and change their minds. Online, we have many videos evidencing how climate change is affecting our country. Bring the skeptics back to the realities of climate change. Let them comprehend that we have people in the country who are already suffering because of the devastating effects of climate change. Help them differentiate propaganda and the truths of the climate crisis.

Let’s all act and support the fight against climate change and global warming.

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