Most individuals do not panic as a result of we’re in a battle zone over local weather change. Do you agree?

Essay by Eric Worrall

h/t strativarius – It seems we’ve adapted to the daily horrors of the climate crisis, just as people surviving in a war zone adapt to all the death and destruction around them.

Why aren’t we more afraid of the climate crisis? It’s complicated

Despite the extreme heat and weather in the US, most Americans are not cowering in fear. There’s a psychological reason for this

Maggie Mertens
Sat 22 Jul 2023 11:00pm AEST

TThis summer in the US, millions have experienced the intense effects of the climate crisis. The “heat dome” that has gripped the Southwest for three weeks is spreading to the southeastern states. Disastrous flooding in the Northeast has claimed lives and destroyed farmers’ crops. And the worst wildfire season in Canada’s history has not only displaced tens of thousands of Tribal peoples, but the accompanying smoke has spread to the US Northeast and Midwest, setting records for poor air quality. In many cases, these events have caused irreversible damage and trauma to those directly affected, and may well appear to be spreading to those on the fringes. And yet, despite the fact that we are living through a climate catastrophe, most Americans do not cower in fear for the future of our planet every day. There is a psychological reason for this.

The emotional response to the climate crisis — even if we feel fear during a smoke episode from wildfires or floods — is similar to what many people living in war zones might experience, Lickel said. While the threat of bombing and attack is immediate and extremely frightening at first, those who remain in these areas gradually adjust to a life where the threat becomes a commonplace thing. “If they don’t escalate or the nature of the threat doesn’t change,” Lickel said, “you can expect the emotions felt to subside.”

Instead, humans tend to adapt to our stressors, which happens in two ways, according to Susan Clayton, a psychologist who studies the relationship between humans and nature. For example, when confronted with a fear, Clayton told me that we can address two things: the situation or our response to the situation. Since we cannot handle the climate crisis right now, and most people don’t even fully understand it, we often ignore it to protect our emotional selves. “We’re really, really good at avoiding things that bother us in a lot of cases,” she said. “It’s denial.”

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The article goes on to explain that if you experience anxiety, you can relieve your discomfort by installing a heat pump.

The interesting thing is that the article suggests that they may already have lost and that no amount of climate catastrophe will motivate people to take action. “I am skeptical that there will be an event that will catalyze us more than anything that has already happened.”

If any future historian ever bothers to look back at the failure of the fake climate crisis, I think the turning point will be the failed attempt to convince everyone that the crisis is upon us. The fake Covid crisis also likely helped weaken trust in authority. A few big wildfires in poorly managed Canadian forests and a summer heatwave is not a global climate catastrophe, no matter how much the alarmists would have us believe their hype.

More background on climate change alarmism can be found here.

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