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Why Do People Ignore Climate Change?

97% of scientists agree that climate change is happening, but why are some still choosing to ignore it? Evidence has been collected around the world, yet people prefer to deny it. So why is this?

If the global average temperature becomes higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius, we will not be able to stop global natural disasters. It’s predicted that all coral reefs are likely to die if we reach this temperature while humans will face floods, heatwaves, wildfires, and droughts.

You might be thinking how 0.5 degrees can have such a big impact, but your body is exactly the same. Only a 0.5-degree increase is needed for a person to start developing a fever. If the planet’s temperature is lower or higher than its optimal temperature, it will start showing symptoms just like we do, and ecosystems will not be able to sustain themselves.

But countries are refusing to act now to avoid future consequences. People are more concerned about the present and for themselves. Reality check: Climate change is happening now. It’s not a future problem.

Climate change is not affecting the majority of the countries in the western world at this current time making it easy to ignore. But how about everyone else? There are people who experience the effects of climate change on a daily basis. Failing crops, repeated floods and heatwaves are just a few of the things they have to endure.

As a society, we do not like to be confronted with challenges. We try to avoid them and hope that they will go away. But this is not something that will go away magically, it’s something we need to face head-on.

Reasons people ignore climate change:

There are several reasons why people ignore the biggest problem of the century, but I believe that if we educated more people on this subject, there would be so many more individuals motivated to save the world.

It’s too far away

Everyone is too busy solving their current troubles; financial difficulties, family tensions, which phone to buy next. Even though these seem unimportant compared to the climate crisis, they are still more concerned about them because they are in the present.

Climate change is also too far in terms of distance. The death of coral reefs and droughts in Africa do not affect people in the USA or Europe or other countries. They have no emotional attachment to these places or people so why should they care? But we need them to care for humanity. The truth is they will, everyone will be in their position soon if no one confronts this crisis now.

Life is too comfortable

Fossil fuels have made our life so much easier and people are finding it hard to change and adapt to a new lifestyle. People do not want to stop using their cars as it makes their life a lot easier. People cannot stop buying plastic-containing products because they are so used to them. New technology has made most of us lazy and it now seems to be impossible to live without these, even though it was possible in the past. It’s easier to ignore and deny climate change if it means continuing your life as it is.

The problem is too big

People believe the climate crisis is too big and that their actions will not make a difference. People need to stop thinking like this. I have noticed when I ask people if they would stop or reduce their meat intake, they always respond with ‘it won’t make a difference’. But it really does. We need a global solution for a global problem and everyone needs to take part.

Companies’ greed

Companies do not want to switch to eco-friendly material or switch to renewable energy because this is often more expensive. Large companies are the ones that are having the biggest effect on the planet so they need to take initiative and invest in new technology. They need to stop prioritizing money for once and think about the planet.

What is the solution?

The only way to stop climate change is to change the way we live. Our modern society is living in a very unsustainable manner causing massive destruction to the planet. Changing our habits, and this applies to everyone, will go a long way.

There are things that are out of our control which we can do little about but on the other hand, there are many things you can change in your life to become more environmentally-conscious. This includes the way you travel, what you eat, and what you buy.

The key is not to simply change your lifestyles in secret but to talk to your friends and family about it to inspire more people to change. If we don’t find a way to live sustainably, we will drive ourselves and every other living organism to extinction.

The human race has become so materialistic and along the way, we have lost sight of what life should really be about.


If someone cares about something, it doesn’t matter how hard it is, they will find a solution. We are destroying the planet in more ways than we can imagine but what intelligent species would destroy what is keeping them alive. We are essentially ignoring all the earth’s symptoms and cutting off our life support.

Companies are driven by money. But if we, as a global community stop the demand for products, they will stop producing. If more people stop driving, less fuel will be needed. If more people stop buying plastic bottles, fewer bottles will be made. It’s that simple.

Conclusion

People are not very good with dealing with difficult situations. Instead of facing up to the problem, and this applies to everything in life, from work to friends and family, they find it easier to ignore it in the hopes it will go away.

All this information about what the future might hold is very worrying and like usual everyone is choosing not to do anything. But this is not a problem that will go away if you ignore. In fact, it will get worse.

Taking action on this can be overwhelming as it seems like your action will not actually do anything, but we can’t sit back and watch the world be destroyed. However hard, we need to do something about it which requires global cooperation. Everyone needs to do something because the earth is the one thing we all have in common. It’s the only place we have. At least for now.

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  • I've always cared about the planet but never knew how I could use my skills to create an impact. But that's when I decided to start Terra Movement. To get other creatives involved in the climate movement and inspire more people to help the planet and its people.

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