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Five Stages of Denial

By Frances Korten

….with a nod to Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist who came up with five stages of climate denial.
Stage one: It’s a Chinese problem. In the United States, we don’t have to worry.
Stage two: OK, we have a few cases in the United States but we’ll be down to zero in a week or two.
Stage three: The virus is spreading, but don’t over-react. Get tested if you want. Plenty of tests available. Pass the margaritas.
Stage four: Blue states have a lot of this. We’ll stockpile federal equipment in case the red states need it.
Stage five: Oops! It’s too late to do anything about it. You scientists should have tried harder to warn us. Your bad.
Fran Korten, former publisher of YES! Magazine, worked at the Foundation from 1978 to 1997 in Community and Resource Development and in the Jakarta and Manila offices. 



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