Climate Change doesn’t Change Human Behavior

A friend posted an NPR report that 97% of scientists agree that humans are causing climate change but the non-invested humans disagree with the science. She wanted to know why.

1.) Inconsistency of “science.” Scientists tell us coffee is bad for us one day, coffee is good for us the next week. The same with wine, with prescription medications, etc. They tell us to eat more vegetables and fruits but then warn us of the pesticides in fruits and vegetables. How are we to believe anything when science contradicts itself on a daily basis? Why should we believe?

2.) Sales. The sales pitch is all wrong. Scientists can’t talk “regular human speak.”

3.) In case you haven’t noticed, we live in a society in which each individual is focused solely and exclusively on what’s best for “ME.” We consume not because we really need things or because we have some primal draw to them but because we have NO impulse control. If we can’t stop people from overeating, drinking to excess, indulging in illegal drugs, and sending idiotic text messages of body parts, how in the hell does anyone think the population will join as a community to make decisions to benefit someone beyond their household, beyond their own skin? (Open to suggestions).

4.) Celebrity endorsements. “Do as I say not as I do” won’t work. When celebrities or politicians take up the cause to reduce the human’s carbon footprint, generally those spokespeople continue to use their carbon devouring products at a much higher level than regular folks. Making regular people who don’t jet around the world or travel in caravans of SUVs cynical about the celebrity endorsements.

Change? Living life in a manner consistent with the beliefs you express. Showing people how it works, how easy it is to compost. The benefits of recycling, like a cheaper garbage collection bill because there’s less trash. Teach by example. Isn’t that how we teach children? Oh, wait, that’s another rant!

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