The Psychology of Climate Change

Recently I watched a video concerning the psychological ways in which humans deal with the issue of global warming.  The video was made by a professor from Santa Clara University named Jerry Kroth.

climateChangeTBOne way to psychologically deal with global warming is denial.  For those who profit from fossil fuel production or those who want unlimited use of fossil fuels, this is the primary way in which the issue is addressed.   The mainstream media in the U.S. is dominated largely by interests that promote denial.  That is particularly the case for AM radio.

According to Professor Kroth, Clear Channel Communications controls about 80% of everything that is heard on AM radio in the U.S.  The common radio personalities on Clear Channel include Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Herman Cain.  They promote the corporate view of the world, which entails denial.

In the political realm, intellectual titans such as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman provide intellectual musings concerning the science of global warming.  Their musings fall into the category of denial.    According to Professor Kroth, about 30% of U.S. adults are in denial concerning global warming, largely influenced by what they hear from the corporate media and political shining stars.

A second way to psychologically deal with global warming is by displacement.  Those who deal with the issue in this manner agree with the science but place the blame associated with the problem on something other than themselves, such as those who don’t agree with the science.  Environmentalists typically fall into this category.  Most environmentalists would say they recycle, use energy efficient vehicles and use energy efficient home devices.  They may also be a member of an environmental group or groups.

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