Why Do People Deny Climate Change?
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and yet, some people deny that it is happening or that humans are causing it. This denial of climate change is a real problem, as it can prevent us from taking the necessary actions to mitigate the effects of climate change. So why do people deny climate change?
Lack of Understanding
One of the reasons people deny climate change is because they simply don’t understand the science behind it. Climate science can be complex, and without a thorough understanding of the science, it can be difficult to accept the reality of climate change.
Another common reason people deny climate change is because of their political views. For some people, accepting the reality of climate change means accepting the need for government regulation and intervention, which goes against their political beliefs.
Some people, particularly those with economic interests in the fossil fuel industry, deny climate change in order to protect their own economic interests. By denying climate change, they can continue to push for the use of fossil fuels and maintain their economic power.
Fear of Change
Finally, some people deny climate change because they are afraid of the changes it will bring. Accepting climate change means accepting the need for drastic changes in our lifestyles and economies, and for some people, this can be a difficult pill to swallow.
Climate change denial is a real problem, as it can prevent us from taking the necessary actions to mitigate the effects of climate change. There are many reasons why people deny climate change, ranging from lack of understanding to political views to economic interests to fear of change. It is important that we take the time to understand why people deny climate change so that we can better address the issue and take the necessary steps to mitigate its effects.
Kyle Whyte is a notable scholar and professor at the University of Michigan, holding positions such as the George Willis Pack Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability and Professor of Philosophy. Specializing in environmental justice, his work critically examines climate policy and Indigenous peoples’ ethics, emphasizing the nexus between cooperative scientific endeavors and Indigenous justice. As an enrolled Citizen Potawatomi Nation member, he brings a vital perspective to his roles as a U.S. Science Envoy and member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. His influential research is supported by various prestigious organizations including the National Science Foundation, and disseminated through publications in high-impact journals. Kyle actively contributes to global Indigenous research methodologies and education, with affiliations to numerous institutes and societies dedicated to traditional knowledge and sustainability. Recognized for his academic and community engagement, Kyle has earned multiple awards and served in various visiting professorships. His efforts extend to leadership positions on boards and committees focused on environmental justice nationwide.