I was intrigued by the discussion of psychology and climate change. In particular, it never occurred to me to think of the challenge it is to make climate change relevant to the public in the same way a, for example, medical diagnosis is. As mentioned in the video, a reason why this is the case is because climate comes across as something foreign and thus unworthy of vast attention. The following quote from Gina McCarthy caught my attention: "People don't accept problems there is not solution to" (9:12). I now understand how this idea applied to the time when scientists first learned climate change was a threat and therefore needed to be communicated but there was not a set of solutions, which led to denial by some folks that has been exacerbated to this date despite the advancement in models and proposals to address the problem. McCarthy's insights made me more aware of why it is important to communicate climate change as a threat to not only the environment but to public health, in addition to making the science more digestible by getting rid of the gobbledygook.
Watch Gina McCarthy's interview here.