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To deny we can do something about Climate Change is the new denial of it.

To deny we can do something about Climate Change is the new denial of it.

That is the line of thought that can be found circulating on social media and couldn’t be more incorrect, to give into fatalism is to allow the those who have destroyed the environment for profit to win.

In order for the public to have make informed decisions, information, facts and credible scientific evidence needs to be freely available.

This goes beyond social media availability, many reliable newspapers are often behind paywalls which make the spread of misinformation easier by sensationalist and tabloid sources.

Time and time again we have seen the results of campaigns of misinformation, from the riots on the 6th of January of fascists in Washington, to the refusal to get vaccinated against Covid-19 allowing the Delta variant to run rampant. 

In terms of how it affects Climate Change awareness, it has fostered a sense of apathy and fatalism – if the changes are irreversible, why bother doing anything about it?

This approach is another form of denial and should be discarded.

The first step to dealing with Climate Change is to label it as it should be, a crisis.

Greta Thunberg's outspoken criticism of the governments worldwide has helped, not just spark public interest but to acknowledge it as a Climate Crisis.

Greta Thunberg’s outspoken criticism of the governments worldwide has helped, not just spark public interest but to acknowledge it as a Climate Crisis.

Throughout the decades, major companies such as Exxon not only have been aware of the damage to the environment, but have actively lobbied against informing the public of the scientific findings as well as spreading misinformation.

Despite substantial evidence of this, the company continues to deny all responsibility, a position that is not likely to change in the coming months.

Hurricane Ida, the most powerful storm to have hit Louisiana has caused devastation to the population, the infrastructure and environment.

Six of the largest oil refineries are located in the area and the storm has caused structural damage to the Shell’s refining and chemical complex in Norco, as well as several others.

Despite the increased number of storms hitting the region, as well as spillages that have damaged the environment, there are current plans to construct a dozen more liquefied natural gas export terminals.

Many of these located at Port Fauchon, where Ida touched land. 

Hurricane Ida, the most powerful storm to have hit Louisiana has caused devastation to the population, the infrastructure and environment.

In Mexico, along  Pacific coast, hurricane Nora has destroyed infrastructure, taken lives, displaced people, and ruined crops due to flooding.

The televised images of people trying to escape are harrowing.

The aftermath destruction, even more so. 

It is also important to note that Nora managed to cause severe damage despite being a category 1 that turned into a tropical storm after landfall.

Perhaps, the destruction in the area should not be surprising given the level of widespread poverty in the area.

This highlights once again that it is minorities and the poor that are being most affected by the Climate Crisis. 

The stable climate Millennials grew up with is no longer.

This is confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’ report, published in August.

The question is now how to keep the damage from extending further.

It is time for governments and corporations to be held accountable by people, and to reign in billionaires who think the solution to the problem of Climate Change is to leave behind the planet and its inhabitants to their doom.

Personal lifestyle changes such as using reusable bags instead of plastic, walking or biking to work and others can only go so far.

It is time for governments and corporations to be held accountable by people, and to reign in billionaires who think the solution to the problem of Climate Change is to leave behind the planet and its inhabitants to their doom.

The Climate Crisis threatens the way of life we have become complacent with.

And while humans are to blame for these changes, the majority of the responsibility lies at the hands of governments and major corporations. From attempts to bury reports of global warming emissions in the 80’s by Exxon, to deforestation in the Amazon all but sanctioned by Bolsonaro’s populist government in Brazil – under his government the Amazon has reached a deforestation peak from which the rainforest may not recover.

The blame is clear. Shifts must be made in the economy in order to withstand stronger storms, fires and floods – but also to look for environmentally friendly alternatives that help mitigate the damage.

Not only that, but people should hold their governments and companies accountable for the damage and pressure for change.

This is what it means to enact democracy.

To choose fatalism and inaction is to allow the damage to continue until there truly is no way for life to be sustained on earth and for those guilty to get away with it.


Tania Chen is a historian, writer and political analyst. She is a graduate of Bristol University where she did a BA in History, followed by an MA in Historical Studies.

Her areas of specialization are China in the 20th century, International Multilateral Organizations, and the Holocaust and it’s representations in current media.


The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CEIM. Any content provided by our bloggers or authors are of their opinion. The content on this site does not constitute endorsement of any political affiliation and does not reflect opinions from members of the staff and board.

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