At least not in polite company.
Policymakers, scientists and marketers should look at these factors to figure out what might prod people take action, the task force reported at the association’s annual convention in Toronto. […]
Despite warnings from scientists that humans need to make changes now if they want to avoid the worst effects of climate change, “people don’t feel a sense of urgency,” the association said in a statement.
Numerous psychological barriers are to blame, the task force found, including: uncertainty over climate change, mistrust of the messages about risk from scientists or government officials, denial that climate change is occurring or that it is related to human activity. […]
It identified other areas where psychology can help limit the effects of climate change, such as developing environmental regulations, economic incentives, better energy-efficient technology and communication methods.
I suppose, nobody ever heard of being told what you want to hear because what you don’t want to hear won’t be heard. I suppose the fact that we’ve had the coolest summer in how many years(???) wouldn’t be a reason for the mistrust of scientists and government officials when they keep pushing a hoax. Oh, no, surely it’s not something that simple. It must be psychological barriers. Is that anything like the manufactured outrage rife in internet blog posts and tea parties?
We’re not quiescient enough, so they call on psychologists to “make a difference”? Is this a case where truth is stranger than fiction? I’m reminded of a scene in the movie Serenity when Mal and his crew are watching the video that tells how the Reevers were created from government interference; a government that always thinks it knows better and can somehow make people better than they can make themselves. At our present level of technological development there are no “packs” to guarantee our gullibility, so the government will use psychologists, instead; not to mention the fact they couldn’t afford them even if they were available. The nation is broke. Even China doesn’t want our debt anymore.