The psychology behind why people do not want to believe that climate change is happening.
Climate changes all the time. Throughout the years people were able to record those changes and provide evidence for them. There are multiple charts, graphs, documentaries, that show climate is changing. Despite these facts people nowadays tend the obvious because they assume that it is something that can be neglected and ignored. There are multiple explanations for it.
One of those explanations can be associated with the bystander effect which is a social psychological phenomenon. This phenomenon reverse to cases in which people do not help people in need because there are other people present and simply assume that there is always someone who should help. Simple experiment conducted by Bibb Latane and Judith Rodin investigate the reason behind this behavior. The experiment was staged around a woman in a need for help. Around 70 % of the people who thought that the women needed help provided but this was because there was nobody else around. Only around 40% of people passing by helped when there were other people present. The explanation of these results is quite simple. People think that they should not do anything because there is always someone who can get the job done. It is the same mentality embraces the climate change. People think that there are scientists who would take care of it and nobody else has any responsibilities.
Another explanation of why people ignore the climate change is simply because of our daily activities. There is so much happening around us: family, work, money, economy, crime, that we do not want to hear about anything else which will additionally overwhelm us. This is completely understandable because we chose not to know or care about the existing problem. In addition to this people do not take climate change seriously because it is not happening right now, it is always in the future. In that case people continue to think that if it is in the future then it is too early to take it seriously because right now there are more important things to worry about. According to psychologist Daniel Gilbert people tend to respond threats that are personal, present abrupt changes in our environment, immoral, and affecting us now. Because climate change is not person, immoral, or happening now people will continue to ignore it and believe that it is fomenting in the distant future.