What Are These Mental Traps Which Lead Everyone To Denial, Indifference and Inaction in Saving Mother Earth?
There is really something wrong around us. We can see piles of garbage along the streets, the vast solid pollutants in seas, oceans, rivers, lakes and streams, the black smokes from vehicles and factories, destruction of forests, water shortage, loss of biodiversity and even cigarette smokes.
One alarming environmental issue that the entire world is into nowadays is climate change. We are all aware that people all over the world are experiencing unpredictable weather conditions these past few years. Queries on climate and weather are now the most common issues especially for those who are not in the scientific world; let’s say those people in the grass roots. Their concepts then on the two issues lie on their simple, everyday and previous experiences, affected by the rising of the tides and even the presence of the moon and the strength of the winds all over the skies. Climate change can be natural and it always happens. But natural climate change occurs over millions of years giving people enough time to adapt. Thus natural climate change is usually not too bad. But climate change can also be man - made. Global warming can be caused by an increase in the amount of heat being received from the sun. But the drastic and fast global warming that is occurring now is seen as a result of an increased concentration of green house gases like carbon dioxide. Most researchers, climatologists and scientists all over the world agree that one effective solution to the problem is to reduce the amount of green house gases produced. This can be done by switching over to clean energy sources, ones that do not produce green house gases.
Of course, each one of us is driven by a strong desire to save the earth.. Countries all over the world with researchers, climatologist and scientists are into working on effective measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change. All sectors of the society are also into advocacy to do their share. But still we can feel the hesitatations of some individuals or groups because of some mental traps which are leading them to denial, indifference and inaction.
Now what are these mental traps all about?
1. Gloom-and-doom pessimism which is on the idea that “Everything is hopeless.”
2. Blind technological optimism is all about the idea that “Science and techno fixes will save us”
3. Fatalism believes that “We have no control over our actions and the future.”
4. Extrapolation to infinity is on the idea that “If I cannot change the entire world quickly, I will try to change any of it.”
5. Paralysis by analysis believes that “Searching for the perfect worldview, philosophy, solutions and scientific information before anything.” .
6. Faith in simple, easy answers.
What are these mental traps all about?
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