"At its heart, climate change denial is a conflict between facts and
values. People deny the climate crisis because, to them, it just feels
As I’ve argued elsewhere, acknowledging climate change involves
accepting certain facts. But being concerned about climate change
involves connecting these facts to values. It involves building bridges
between the science of climate change and peoples’ various causes,
commitments and convictions.
Denial happens when climate science rubs us up the wrong way. Instead of
making us want to arrest the climate crisis, it makes us resist the very
thought of it, because the facts of anthropogenic global heating clash
with our personal projects.
It could be that the idea of climate change is a threat to our
worldview. Or it could be that we fear society’s response to climate
change, the disruption created by the transition to a low-emissions
economy. Either way, climate change becomes such an “inconvenient truth”
that, instead of living with and acting upon our worries, we suppress
the truth instead."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics