Mistrust -- most people don't believe the risk messages of scientists or government officials.
Denial -- a huge percentage of people believe climate change is not occurring or that human activity has little or nothing to do with it, according to various polls.
Undervaluing Risks -- A study of more than 3,000 people in 18 countries showed that many people believe environmental conditions will worsen in 25 years. So, is it a “not around my historical corner" way of thinking? That changes can be made later, so why worry now?
Lack of Control -- Ahh, this is the debate about individual choice and individual action. Can making one less car trip daily do much? Stop eating dairy and meat for one day a week? Well, people have been trained to not understand numbers and the sheer force of collective action, collective IQ.
Habit – This is a human curse because ingrained behaviors are extremely resistant to permanent change while others change slowly. Habit is the most important obstacle to pro-environment behavior. And, consumer-driven choices and habits are the toughest for people to break.
Section 2: What are the human behavioral contributions to climate change and the psychological and contextual drivers of these contributions?
Section 3: What are the psychosocial impacts of climate change?
Section 4: How do people adapt to and cope with the perceived threat and unfolding impacts of climate change?
Section 5: Which psychological barriers limit climate change action?
Section 6: How can psychologists assist in limiting climate change?