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From the Ted Talk by Per Espen Stoknes: How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming

Unscramble the Blue Letters

filalny, identity. Alarmed climate atstvicis daemnd that government takes action, either with regulation or carbon taxes. But consider what happens when people who hold conservative vuelas, for instance, hear from an activist that government ought to expand even further. Particularly in rich Western democracies, they are then less likely to believe that science. How is that? Well, if I hold conservative values, for instance, I probably prefer big proper cars and salml govmrnneet over tiny, tiny cars and huge government. And if climate science comes and then says government should expnad further, then I probably will trust that science less. In this way, cultural identity starts to override the facts. The values eat the facts, and my identity trumps truth any day.

Open Cloze

_______, identity. Alarmed climate _________ ______ that government takes action, either with regulation or carbon taxes. But consider what happens when people who hold conservative ______, for instance, hear from an activist that government ought to expand even further. Particularly in rich Western democracies, they are then less likely to believe that science. How is that? Well, if I hold conservative values, for instance, I probably prefer big proper cars and _____ __________ over tiny, tiny cars and huge government. And if climate science comes and then says government should ______ further, then I probably will trust that science less. In this way, cultural identity starts to override the facts. The values eat the facts, and my identity trumps truth any day.

Solution

  1. values
  2. demand
  3. government
  4. finally
  5. activists
  6. expand
  7. small

Original Text

Finally, identity. Alarmed climate activists demand that government takes action, either with regulation or carbon taxes. But consider what happens when people who hold conservative values, for instance, hear from an activist that government ought to expand even further. Particularly in rich Western democracies, they are then less likely to believe that science. How is that? Well, if I hold conservative values, for instance, I probably prefer big proper cars and small government over tiny, tiny cars and huge government. And if climate science comes and then says government should expand further, then I probably will trust that science less. In this way, cultural identity starts to override the facts. The values eat the facts, and my identity trumps truth any day.

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