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Establish common ground in the climate change debate.

Regardless of which side of the climate change debate you may be on, or what your views may be, there is one thing we need to agree on: It is not a healthy debate, vast resources - financial as well as energy - are being poured into it, and it is the source of global friction and dissent. Herd mentality is rampant. We spend our energy on fighting the "other side" instead of collectively and jointly dealing with the problem at hand.

The problem can be summed up rather quickly: One side supports a collective narrative. The other side does not share this narrative. Each side is convinced that the science is on their side.

Sociolution's starting point is that each side brings something valuable to the table, and if we - each and every one of us -  can manage to detach ourselves from our herd while keeping that all-pervasive confirmation bias in check and being brutally honest with each other, then we will stand a great chance at establishing common ground and solving real world problems.

What if, say, half of the energy and resources that have gone into the climate change debate over the last 20 years would have gone into real problem solving? The world would no doubt be a healthier and better place. Let's do just that, and let's start now. The climate change debate needs to be de-polarised. We need to pave the road for more nuanced views, allowing the freedom to think as individual, creative beings.

It needs to be perfectly OK to support the notion that CO2 driven, man-made climate change is a pressing concern while at the same time being against the immediate elimination of all use of fossil fuels. And it needs to be perfectly OK to question the validity of the greenhouse effect theory while fighting passionately for the preservation of the world's rainforests.

And finally, we must be able to be in disagreement while respecting each other's views. We need to be able and willing to listen to what the other side has to say with an open mind, with curiousity rather than judgement. As a society, we want arrive at a place in which we can all - at least to a limited extent - find value in opinions that are in opposition to our own world view.

Individual thinking, unencumbered by herd mentality and - as far as possible - free of cogntive bias, is the only way to harness the potential of collective intelligence.

Let's de-polarise the climate change debate and harness this potential together.


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