Changing minds on a changing climate
What Makes Climate Science Deniers Change Their Minds?
Date Written: 26/04/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20652
Reddit commenters point to reasons they went from being climate contrarians to having confidence in mainstream climate science.
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.