5 Definitive Stages of Climate Change Grief

5 Definitive Stages of Climate Change Grief

It occurred to me that accepting the harsh reality of climate change is very much like the grieving process. We go through stages. Some of us may skip a step here and there, and we may bounce around between stages.  

You might recall the five stages of grief.

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Bargaining, and finally
  • Acceptance

Our goal is to get to acceptance. 

Those of us who advocate for climate action, have all travelled this journey.

This year, my goal is to help others along this path.

The Road to Climate Change Acceptance

It is now clear that fighting anger, with anger, just makes more anger. Instead, we need to guide folks along this path. We need to acknowledge that denial and anger are natural responses to a loss - the loss of an old way of life. And, loss is scary.

I pledge to be more sensitive to where folks are along the path. What stage of the process? And how to best help them at each stage. Each stage signifies growth in understanding that will ultimately lead to acceptance.

Conversion isn't instantaneous. It will take work, and those of us who have travelled this path have the tools to ease the way of those that follow in our footsteps.

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Further Sleazy Climate Tactics – 2-Sided Black and White Arguments

Today, one of my pet peeves, the sleazy black and white climate argument.

I see this all the time, in political discussion, on social media, or simply dealing with folks every day. It is so common, we just often blind to it, and so fall into its trap. 

In academic circles we call this the “false dilemma” or “False dichotomy”. But, these are just fancy ways of saying that the argument incorrectly demands that we accept there are only two sides to any issue. If you accept one, you reject the other. Most times, this is simply false.

As the heat builds up in the climate dialogue, I see this more and more often, even from very knowledgeable and otherwise trustworthy folks. 

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Yet 1 More Sneaky Climate Tactic – Cherry Picking

Cherry picking data is a sneaky climate tactic, that we often see during a period of normal weather that seems to go against the trend. Often, powerful folks use this technique like politicians, media pundits, or influencers on our social networks.

It usually spawns a barrage of memes and re-posts across social media. Folks jump on the bandwagon. There is a ton of noise.

I find this climate tactic more frustrating than most of the others. It misrepresents Global Warming entirely.  It is wrong on so many levels that climate change specialists are left speechless because we don’t even know where to begin. So, often, it goes unchallenged.

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Abusing the Person – The Number 1 Lazy Climate Change Tactic

Today I start my series on bad climate arguments with the number 1 lazy climate change tactic, the personal attack, also known as the ad hominem argument.

In the world of applied science, we use the word “argument” to mean a logical reasoning process, based on evidence that leads to a conclusion.

This differs from the emotional conflict of a quarrel. Emotions have very little to do it. We are looking for evidence to support a conclusion, and based on that conclusion, an action plan founded on concrete data and rigorous science.

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About the Author

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Joel Nodelman

President & CEO

Joel is an engineer and risk management specialist with over forty years of professional practice. He is committed to helping his clients achieve climate resiliency and sustainability.

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