Hurricanes are real, they aren’t something imagined by the media or scientists. They’ve been causing massive damage for centuries, not just because of climate change anyway.
Climate change is also real, even deniers usually just say it isn’t man-made.
Either way, sea levels are rising and hurricanes will keep hitting us even if climate change is an exaggeration, so being prepared for extreme weather is smart and hardly something people will look back on as silly.
The physics of the 'greenhouse effect' are very easy to demonstrate, and simple enough for middle-school children to grasp. Even if it befuddles our non-technical leadership.
Explaining to them that a concerted international effort is the only thing that prevented that gets laughed off.
Instead it seems that between vested business interests and politics, the problem has been turned into an issue you can take sides on, and muddied the waters so much that nothing substantial gets done.