An easy to read exploration of the possible reasons for the irrationality of the supposedly 'rational animal' when faced with the overwhelming evidence of anthropogenic climate change. Starts with a brief run down of the major evidence and then delves into the 'whys' and 'hows' of climate change denial; how can seemingly intelligent people accept scientific evidence for somethings and not for others! Followed by uplifting information about some of the actions that can be taken at a grass roots level, to start the clean up.
This completely transformed my understanding how scientific knowledge should be communicated to the general public, politicians and policy makers. To understand the psychology of denial whether it is Climate Change or even the Holocaust as re David Irving is extremely important when trying to engage in civil discourse. Something lacking in the world at present.
Arek Sinanian has written an important book that deals with how we can deal with climate change denial. Far too many people are still denying the fact that we have anthropogenic climate change and are blocking efforts to become more sustainable as a society. What I found particularly interesting in his book is that Arek goes into the psychological reasons for denial, like the need to belong, cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias and disconfirmation bias.
I also liked how Arek talks about people disliking the solution rather than not accepting the science of climate change. People evaluate scientific evidence based on whether they view its policy implications as desirable. If they don't, they tend to deny the problem even exists. "The cure can be more immediately threatening than the problem". Arek gives his readers many ideas about how the solution can be made easier. He talks about global and national leadership, but also about individual actions that will help combat climate change, like energy efficiency measures for our transport, heating and cooling needs and switching to renewable energy.
This is a timely and thought-provoking book from an extremely experienced professional in the field. While it specifically examines climate denial, it is relevant to the broader issue of today: the confusion between opinion and fact. Sinanian's personal and conversational writing style is refreshing and engaging.