At its heart, climate change denial is a conflict between facts and values. People deny the climate crisis because, to them, it just feels wrong. Denial happens when climate science rubs us up the wrong way. Instead of making us want to deal with the climate crisis, it makes us resist the very thought of it because it clashes with our personal projects, our long term goals, and life plans.
Either way, climate change becomes such an "inconvenient truth" that, instead of living with and acting upon our worries, we suppress the truth instead. As we do with many other issues and crises in our lives, we suppress the issue to feel better about ourselves.
Here's what are listed as some of the most common reason some people deny the existence of climate change -
Distrusting The Sciences
A small number of people in the world today do not believe that climate change exists, because they do not believe in science. These people include those in fringe religious groups and sects that believe God made everyone and everything on the planet. Many of those who deny climate change exists also deny evolution and refuse to rely on some of the scientific breakthroughs that occurred in the recent past. These people represent just a small percentage of climate change deniers though.
There's No Real "Proof"
According to an article by the Huffington Post, President Donald Trump told the American public that he did not believe in climate change because he didn't see any real evidence. That is a comment made by millions of other people since the 2016 election and since the American President pulled out of the Paris Accords, a pact signed by several countries to change their environmental practices.
Though there is evidence out there, those who deny climate change exists refuse to look at that evidence. Climate change has been a slowly increasing concern that has now reached its peak - and may get worse. The Australian bushfires, Antarctic temperatures rising and the glaciers melting are all signs.
But even then, there are claims that any evidence that proves it exists is a type of fake science done by those who want to change public opinions.
Capitalism and It's Downfall
A lot of the effects of climate change rise from the malpractices, and sometimes even greediness of the capitalist industry. Oil rigging, fossil fuel digging and a lot of environmental waste has contributed to a huge uprise in climate change.
To take accountability for the same and work on reducing the impact requires a more ethical approach which is inherently more expensive. Like using ethical labour, building compounds for waste and recycling - all of which would reduce the impact.
But since accepting climate change means investing more money, time and labour - a lot of people prefer to deny its existence altogether. And a lot of consumers feel ashamed or even guilty to use products from companies that contribute to the issue, so it makes it easier for them to ignore the issue and continue using the products.
There Is No Known Cause For Climate Change
Some people claim that climate change is a hoax because scientists cannot come to a mutual agreement on whether it exists or what causes it. While there is some evidence that climate change occurred because of human intervention such as pollution, there are other studies that dispute this claim.
Deniers also claim that global warming no longer exists and that the average world temperature remained consistent for several decades. There are even claims that teachers should no longer talk about global warming in schools. Until scientists can actually find a cause for climate change and prove that it exists, many people will continue to deny that it exists.
The denial of climate change makes some people feel better about what little we contribute to helping the environment, or help avoid facing the truth that we may not have a livable planet in a few 100 years. But they are ultimately self-defeating delusions. We need to push ourselves to action, and really take the effort to make things better.
We can't afford to deny the existence of a very real problem at this stage because it could damage us in the long run, and it already is. If we face the truth, we can do something about it - hopefully, those that deny climate change can see this before its too late.