the further the specific physical act is from its effect, the more the context of cause-and-effect requires explaining and learning.
This is relevent to climate change. the effect of our consumption and political/economic choices is removed from what we can immediately see, thus it is harder to make the connection. We won't automatically make a connection, but have to be shown this. Not because there isn't a connection, but because the cause and effect are separated by distance and time, unlike with human-sized events that our brain-bodies evolved to deal with.
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