Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

Category: Earth Sciences
Author: George Marshall
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by michaelrch   2021-12-10

I can't give you a straight answer but I would suggest reading about how their psychology works to prevent them from believing it. This book was recommended to me by a geographer and climate scientist and it's very good.

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

Otherwise, google it! :)

by michaelrch   2021-12-10

That's gotta be depressing.

Take action. Take control of your situation. Join up with a group like Extinction Rebellion or 350.org

And don't stop aggravating your parents. Read Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change to understand why they think what they do. There are also a couple of interesting videos on climate change denial (as well as a summary of loads of research on it) on this page.

I think it's really worth making it clear to your parents that you are suffering because they are not taking the issue seriously and that it's not good enough to dismiss the scientific reality because it conflicts with their ideology. There are ways to combat climate change using the market to drive innovation. That's the climb down for right wing ideologues. But denying the problem when California is burning, the Arctic is burning, Greenland is melting and half of the Midwest is underwater is moral cowardice. They need to know that.

by michaelrch   2021-12-10

Then you evidently don't understand science or human psychology.

I suggest you take some time learn about the latter here.

by TheOceanBoy   2019-08-24

I highly suggest a book called Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. It’s a good place to start to understand the complexities of getting people to act on this.

https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Even-Think-About-Climate/dp/163286102X

by TheOceanBoy   2019-08-24

For a longer view into this, read this; https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Even-Think-About-Climate/dp/163286102X

by michaelrch   2019-07-21

Well, it's not meant to be an attack piece, just a bio. You can make your own judgement. There are plenty of people who aren't evil who are climate change deniers. They do it for lots of very powerful reasons. If you want to better understand the situation more generally, I recommend you read

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

It's honestly a better way to kill time than arguing with deniers online! It helped me understand the psychological and conditioning that has gone into creating a large base of deniers who are very hard to convince. Regular climate change deniers often think they're doing the right thing while the masterminds that have cynically orchestrated the misinformation and propaganda that has screwed things up know well that they're the bad guys.

by michaelrch   2019-07-21

FWIW there is an excellent book on the psychology of climate change denial that I can recommend, if you can deal with the seemingly relentless series of challenges to get people to stop denying and start to act.

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change Paperback – August 18, 2015 by George Marshall

Unsurprisingly, everything JP says and does fits into the mould very neatly.

by michaelrch   2019-07-21

And the best book I have read about Climate Change is

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

Equally illuminating, fascinating and depressing. It's very widely researched and sourced, well written and deals with perhaps the hardest problem about climate change.