Weather is the state of the atmosphere at any given time and place. Climate is the long-term average of the weather in a given place. While the weather can change in minutes or hours, a change in climate is something that develops over longer periods of decades to centuries.
– United States Environmental Protection Agency –
Certain ‘activist’, ‘extremist’ or ‘alarmist’ media will invariably report colder than average temperatures as just being ‘weather’. Warmer than average temperatures will be reported as ‘climate change caused by CO2 emissions’(formerly global warming.)
Drought, extreme rainfall, heat waves, wild fires, cyclones, flooding, hurricanes – certain media will always claim these are caused by climate change, even if reputable scientific sources dispute these claims.
Whether you are an Anthropogenic Climate Change Believer or Skeptic, the important question is “What are you going to do about it?” In a one-year longitudinal study of 600 American adults, participants reported their climate change beliefs, pro-environmental behavior, and other climate-change related measures. (Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56, April 2018, Pages 55-62)
Three belief clusters emerged: the “Skeptical,” who believed least in anthropogenic climate change; the “Cautiously Worried,” who had moderate beliefs; and the “Highly Concerned” who had the strongest concerns.
The unexpected twist in this study is: the “Highly Concerned” were most supportive of government climate policies, but were least likely to take individual-level actions. The “Skeptical” opposed government policy solutions but were most likely to take individual-level pro-environmental action.
One observation that came from this study was that changing Skeptical minds might be less important than getting the Highly Concerned to take personal responsibility.
Skepticism is not nihilism or being negative; it’s adding an extra filter. Rather than taking anything for granted, you want to validate the truth. You don’t take social constructs as true no matter how strong peer pressure is.
Skepticism is not denialism either. Anything is possible (or not) until proven the contrary. Challenging a theory is how new lines of thinking are created. If you believe that one idea is an absolute truth, you don’t leave room for incremental improvement.
– Gustavo Razzetti –
How fearful are you of Climate Change?