Is there any point being an atheist when believers of God are prepared to kill you in His name? It’s rather like walking in a bomb-blasted No Man’s Land with a witty placard protesting against war, instead of digging yourself a nice deep trench to hide in.
Climate change became bureaucratised, dull, difficult and, by virtue of not being talked about day by day, a second or third-order matter. The apostles may not have wavered, the broader electorate was becoming more and more bored. Because politicians no longer seemed infused with a sense of urgency, or moral mission, it progressively became something that was intellectually favoured by a majority, but hardly any longer the emotional or idealistic reason for voting in a particular way.