The “denial” which is Norgaard’s focus is not the climate change denial (which may be more accurately described as scepticism) which we hear from right-wing politicians: in particular, her participants have no interest in deceiving others, but many motivations to deceive themselves. The residents of “Bygdaby,” a pseudonym for a real Norwegian community, are at the front line of climate change—many of their local industries depend on snow and ice, of which the supply has steadily declined—and they are aware of its impact. However, while registering the effect on activities such as skiing and ice fishing, these residents effect not to think about the cause or wider impact of such phenomena.
"Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 5, Article 19.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/id-journal/vol5/iss1/19