I have been thinking about this. This risk consultant is wrong. Fear is never a good way to drive the mitigation of risk. Sure. You will get some action. We have seen that in climate areas so far. But you will also get increased skepticism as the fear never materializes. Climate is in the basic boy who cried wolf position.
In trying to understand the full import of climate change it really helps to know the history of mass extinction on this planet. The greatest die-off, known as the Permian extinction, saw the demise of around 95% of the species then inhabiting Earth. And that event was brought about by climate change. And that climate change was driven by a rapid buildup of greenhouse gases on the atmosphere. And that buildup was spurred by self-reenforcing feedback loops. And the only major difference between what happened then (about 250 million years ago) and today's situation is that it's happening about ten times faster this time around. And here I am spouting facts that many people cannot wrap their heads around -- because of the biases mentioned in the article -- but also due to a fatal lack of imagination. However, this may be beside the point. We should not expect people who have not studied mass extinction and climate science to get it. We should redouble our efforts to educate them AND couch our lessons in moral terms. And we should not wait for Joe Lunchbuckethead to get it before acting. Then it will be too late. If we have to drag those unimaginative masses kicking and screaming then so be it. There are times when those who know need to lead. Unfortunately right now, the voices of many members of the intelligentsia are muted by short-term political concerns. And even if they talk the talk, they don't walk the walk. They don't hesitate to climb aboard a jet (the mode of transport with the highest carbon footprint) or drive an Earth-destroying SUV to the grocery store. Those in the know need to lead by example. We need to tip the moral balance in favor of doing the right thing. It has to become cool to be a bicycle-riding, jet plane shunning climate warrior.
Via those leaked e-mails between the so-called "scientists" who were claiming that climate change was due to people, we saw that they were advocating fudging their data to make the results go more in the direction they wanted it to wind up! This ain't curling, where you sweep the ice to make the kettle drift where you want it to go!
ANY man or woman who cherry picks their data, leaves out certain data sets they don't like, or puts in false data are NOT real scientists, they are FRAUDS!! A real scientist reviews facts, ALL of the facts, and does not pass judgment on any of them. He or she merely reports the actual findings of a real analysis, regardless of what the results are. Nobody who does less than that deserves to be called a scientist, but rather a charlatan.
Climate change science isn't making an impact because the Koch brothers and others work quietly 24/7 to make sure that it does not make an impact. This is so they can avoid the EPA and other related agencies who would charge fines for actions in mineral extraction and manufacturing that show total disregard for humans, the land, air, and water. Rather than pay as you go to keep everything habitable and safely livable they pay money now in hope of re-education so they can make more profits later.
Since we currently live in Trumpworld maybe we can call this "fake science." I call it just more of modern insanity.
Thanks for sharing. I noted: "While 70 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening, only around 40 percent think “it will harm me personally.” With every new disaster I think that number is changing but then people get so caught up with repairing the damage they forget what caused it in the first place.
I sent a link about this today. Climate Change is not a problem; it is a symptom of a bigger problem and we Americans, with our lifestyle are the biggest offenders. The French premier wanted to change the effect on Climate Change and raised the price of fuel by a few cents.Look where that got him. It was a disaster. People say they care but don't ask them to change their lifestyle even a little bit.
How many here realize that human population and activity are the main causes? That might be a start.
I think there's a fair amount of preaching to the choir with most climate information coming out. Of course this will appeal to "thoughtful, intelligent, and well-informed people." I think it needs to be framed as an economic loss as in "this will cost me a lot of money". I also read an interesting article about how communicating climate change information using memes could be very effective also.