"I’m unfriending/unfollowing anyone who______" is a phrase I’ve seen on social media for some time now. In my opinion, this is the human equivalent of being a cat under a hat; just because you opt out of seeing it (or engaging with it), it doesn’t mean it isn’t there, "it" being the existence of people with a different worldview.
Conversing on divisive topics like climate change and politics is an opportunity to learn where people are coming from and disseminate information. Ask questions, respect their right to have a different opinion than you, and come prepared with facts…and patience. Conversations need not be combative.
I recommend starting with a topic the other person enjoys talking about and then connecting it to climate change. Animal lover? New plant and animal species are constantly added to the endangered list as a result of human activity. Even if climate change isn’t solely the result of human activity, the negative impacts of human actions cannot be denied. In the spirit of argument, propose this: If the narrative of the climate skeptic is true, what is the real argument against climate action? Who benefits? Big corporations.
In case you need some help, Grist’s guide to talking with a climate skeptic has some great ideas, and you can link your loved one or friend to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's climate resources in good faith.
If you're looking for more simple ways to spread your voice ASAP, check out these five climate actions you can take without even leaving your desk.