Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Last night during my environmental science class, the professor had us read a great article about the stages of 'denial' that skeptics take when they don't want to believe the scientific evidence. Usually this occurs with businesses who feel that to change their practices would constitute exorbitant costs and economic ruin for the country. In fact, it has been shown that most industry changes, due to environmental regulation, have actually costs significantly LESS then what was expected and has led to new industry discoveries. But people don't like change and will fight it tooth and nail. In the end though, I felt hopeful. Looking through the stages, it gave me a little optimism that there would be an end and that the skeptics would finally acknowledge the evidence. The professor made the good point that it was our job to help people graduate to the 'next' level. I couldn't agree more.