What Makes Climate Science Deniers Change Their Minds? A Reddit Confessional Gave Us a Rare Insight
Date Written: 26/04/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20652
An AskReddit discussion poses a tantalizing question, "Former climate deniers, what changed your mind?"
Responses to the query offer a rare glimpse into the processes of how some people switch camps, outgrowing their parents' values, having trans-formative experiences, or being worn-down by continually mounting scientific evidence.
About a third of the commenters started off their post by discussing underlying reasons they originally rejected climate science. Of those, the most common involved beliefs of their family members.
I denied it through middle school, mostly because my family rigorously shot it down whenever it was remotely mentioned.
I grew up actively and obnoxiously denying climate change because my dad told me it wasn't real.
The Reddit commenters pointed to partisan and tribal values as the second most-common basis of their earlier climate change denial.
I never really questioned my opinion on climate change for a while; a lot of people I know denied climate change, so I figured they must be right.
I had kinda developed the idea that liberals were the "bad guys."
raised Republican. Naturally, I believed climate change is leftist bullshit.