Climate change refers to the changes in weather and temperatures, a phenomena that occurs naturally. However, this change has grown at an extreme and unnatural rate since the last millennia, producing increasingly severe and frequent weather conditions such as droughts. Simple actions like recycling and saving power can lower carbon emissions, a major contributor of climate change. Although many people are aware of climate change, they choose to ignore this issue. This apathy is partially psychological in nature, caused by feelings of powerlessness and cognitive dissonance. I analyze research papers to understand how these factors play a role in hindering the climate change movements. I will also provide personal stories from people directly impacted by climate change, opening up the opportunity for self-reflection to help reduce cognitive dissonance. I will also suggest small changes anyone can perform for those willing to help the efforts against climate change.
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Jiang, Sky, "Psychological Apathy on Climate Change" (2023). Research Days Posters 2023. 38.