5 Jun 2015
According to psychologists, when we're faced with uncertain threats about things we might lose in the distant future, the human brain invents all kinds of excuses not to act on them today. Climate change is one such issue. We respond more to things that are personal, that represent an abrupt change in our environment, that are immoral, and that are affecting us now. At the same time, people also have an optimism bias, which means that we all think that we face lower risks than others. People also have a finite "pool of worry", which includes family, money, work, crime, the economy, health and ageing. Climate change is not allowed into that pool.
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