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Thebook ThisChangesEverythingCapitalism vs. The Climate (pages 1-28)by Naomi Klein (2015) and the article Climatechange denial: sources, actors and strategiesby Riley E. Dunlap and Aaron M. McCright (2010) both discuss thewrong mentality that people are forming towards climate changedenial. The two sources describe how people tend to ignore the factthat climate change is a real thing, yet deep inside them, they fearbecause effects of climate change are unfolding before their owneyes.


Accordingto the article Climatechange denial: sources, actors and strategiesby Riley E. Dunlap and Aaron M. McCright (2010), various forms ofclimate change denial have been made by people including the denialof the anthropogenic sources of global warming, denial of globalwarming as well as the denial of the serious consequences of globalwarming. The article categorically explains that climate changedenial emanated from the United States where it has spread to severalcountries across the globe resulting to a situation of aninternational movement. In fact, there are several renownedorganizations that support and promote the idea of climate changedenial such as conservative organizations that were originally fundedby fossil fuels industry.

Thearticle looks at historical and cultural roots of climate changedenial and outlines that most modern societies are tending to have ananthropocentric perspective of the natural world such as theJudaeo-Christian view (Dunlap &amp McCright, 2010). According tothis perspective, nature was created mainly for human use emphasizedby human improvement and progress through the use of technology andscience to change the environment into important resources. Thearticle clearly explains that environmental conservatism aroseimmediately after the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan as theUS president in 1981 where a major setback to environmentalism wasinitiated. The government of Ronald Reagan created a new conservativetide that was dedicated to limiting government involvement on freeenterprise through reducing environmental regulations.

Aswell, the article highlights how environmental movement has promotedclimate change denial by depending so much on impact science thatthey expect impact science to quickly clear up technological effectscausing climate change. This implies that people are ignoring thefact that climate change is real because they believe that there isinstant science that will help stop climate change as soon aspossible.

Accordingto thebook thisChangesEverythingCapitalism vs. the Climate (pages 1-28)by Naomi Klein (2015), the author says how she denies climate changethough deep inside her, clearly knows that it is real. The chapternarrates how Flight 3935 was canceled despite being scheduled to setoff from Washington D.C for South California (Charleston). Accordingto the description of the book, passengers were collectivelyrequested to take their personal on-plane luggage and vacate theplane because all the wheels of the plane had sunk so deep into theblack airport pavement that it seemed as if the pavement were wetcement. The book also explains how the temperatures of the 2012summer were unusually hot because of profligate and increased burningof fossil fuels. The book continues to say that it is so ironical forpeople to be causing climate change, but end up denying the fact thatclimate change is real.

Forinstance, Naomi Klein (2015) admits that she knew for sure thatclimate change was happing though she denied for longer than shecared to admit. The book argues that people deny climate changebecause they are frightened of the really scary stories narratedconcerning devastating effects of climate change. Also, people denyclimate change because they think that science is too complicated andthat environmental scientists are busy dealing with the issue. Theauthor says how people tell themselves comforting stories in regardto how human are clever enough to establish technological miraclesthat will securely suck carbon out of the skies. For example, peopleare seriously avoiding scientific articles discussing the real threatand nightmare in the form of climate change, but instead read booksand stories that only appeal to them.

Thereare some people who stopped outsourcing the issue to theenvironmentalists as well as stopped worrying about climate change onclaims that the issue is somebody else’s job or somebody else’sissue. Naomi Klein (2015) also says that people tend to deny climatechange because they believe that they can easily bail themselves outjust like they save themselves from undergoing extreme shocks causedby natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks and economic meltdowns.


Inconclusion, the two sources explain that people just tend to ignoreclimate change because it is someone else’s issue or job. Also,climate change denial happens, though people fear it deep inside themas they know that the issue is real and happening. In addition,because people know and fear that climate change is real andhappening, they have stopped reading scientific articles thatdisclose scary stories of the real, catastrophic effects of climatechange. There are some people who deny climate change thinking thatscience and technology will miraculously save the world just likescience and technology have saved them from wars, terrorist attacksand economic meltdowns.


Dunlap,R, E &amp McRight, A, M. (2010). Climatechange denial: sources, actors and strategies.(Pages240-259) in Constance Lever- Tracy (Ed), Routledge Handbook ofClimate Change and Society. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Klein,N. (2015). ThisChanges Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, (Pages1-28).USA: Penguin Publishers.