Climate change denial

Adaptation to climate change has always facing complexity when it comes to decision-making processes. Several aspects such as policy changes, different government staffs, the number of stakeholders involved, and political preferences are the example of arrays that have significant influence in adaptation scenario. The impediment of decision scenario is exacerbated by the lack of most individuals capability to adapt and deal with the complexity. Human mind basically has physiological limitations that make it unable to adapt with slow changing conditions, conforming to an existed norms, and focussing on repetitive activities (Miller, 1956; Van de ven, 1986). More importantly, I believe, in order to achieve a successful implementation of adaptation on climate change, it depends on the stakeholders’ conviction in climate change phenomenon.


Nowadays, some individuals might still have a denial thoughts related to climate change, for instance, in the US. In the study by McCright (2011), the conservative white males in the US have significant contributing to the high-level climate change denial among other Americans. Sadly, they also self-declared that they understand global warming very well. In the video provided, we can see that communicating science to people who deny science is meaningless. There is an approaching technique called “inoculation theory” to give people a better understanding of global warming. Basically, there are two main points in “inoculation theory”: vitamins and flu shot. Vitamins represent standard explanations of science about global warming. While, flu shot explains about fallacies or myths that distort the science of global warming.


The climate change denial phenomena in the US are interesting because it happens in the most developed country. Developed countries have an important role to reduce GHGs emissions globally by triggering or giving incentive to less developed countries. If a hesitation on climate change among decision makers in developed countries still exist, the climate adaptation framework would be more complicated to construct.


Maani, K 2013, Decision-making for climate change adaptation: a systems thinking approach, Report for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

McCright, AM & Dunlap, RE 2011, Cool dudes: The denial of climate change among conservative white males in the United States, Global environmental change, vol.21, no. 4, pp.1163-1172.

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