The upcoming fight over climate change is going to be far tougher than Covid. With Covid, the results were at least obvious: millions of deaths, including 700,000 in America, and many millions sickened - and yet even then, people could not even be bothered to do the simplest, lightest, easiest things like wear a mask, stand 6 feet apart or get vaccinated. And that was in a situation where the nation had a direct interest and everyone had a personal interest in not getting sick.
With that, how can we expect anything but far worse when the Great Climate Change War finally arrives? Denialism will be off the charts; talk about carbon emissions is far more distant and abstract than a virus that’s sickening family members or oneself. Nationalism will come into play because nations will grouse about being the ones to make sacrifices while other nations get to spew out carbon. In the same way people deny Covid even when millions have died, why wouldn’t they deny climate change even when the world is 2-3 Celsius hotter?
What’s the strategy to prevent a repeat of Covid-type denialism when that happens?