The seemingly inevitable advent of climate change has been one of the prevalent policy discourses of the beginning of this XXI century. Human activities are indisputable contributors to the problem but, interestingly, we as a species do not seem to realise the urgency with which changes have to happen to address climate change effectively. Despite numerous psychological and sociological studies on attitudes towards and behaviours related to climate change, we still do not seem to understand why we as humans, while seeing an imminent threat to our well-being, are not acting on it. Our study takes this lack of understanding as a starting point and asks, first, how people actually make sense of climate change, to test the hypothesis that there might be a gap between the dominant policy discourses and the mental representations held by the public. Second, we hypothesise that people’s reactions to climate change might also be masqueraded into a number of coping mechanisms. That is, this apparent lack of action could actually be an active coping mechanism that allows people to get on with their everyday lives. We present results from a survey of the Scottish public (n=500) that explored what participants’ perceptions of “eminent and current global threats” were in order to asses if climate change is indeed socially represented as something we must act upon with urgency as the media and political discourses suggests. We also identified specific coping mechanisms and their relationship to relevant behaviours, lifestyles and other constructs. The results are interpreted in light of coping and adaptation theories which, on the general level, advocate that coping can be seen as the “thoughts or behaviors that people use to manage the internal and external demands of situations that are appraised as stressful” (Folkman and Moskowitz, 2004, p. 747). As such, in order to initiate coping behaviours there is a conceptual as well as a practical requirement: something must be appraised as stressful or threatening in order to evoke coping behaviour. However, the inherent problem of climate change as a global and complex environmental change is that there is no clear and immediate feedback on the consequences of our behaviour, including coping. This is demonstrated by the coping literature which, according to Folkman and Moskowitz, has always been based on past or concurrent stressors and only formally included proactive or prospective coping after almost 30 years of research. We thus support other research efforts which see environmental and other global problems, in our case climate change, as sufficiently stressing to merit coping behaviours (see Homburg, Stolberg and Wagner, 2007), and expand on this arguing that one of the most daunting issues of climate change is its ubiquity and lack of prompt feedback that creates coping mechanisms such as denial (e.g. Carver, 1997) or deproblematizationfocused coping (Homburg et al, 2007) that prevent people from taking the immediate actions required to solve the issues related to climate change.