People like conservatism or are conservative, when they see change as a way to make things worse for themselves and the things that they care about. Change is bad, keeping things the same or even returning to what they once were is good. That is the basic idea. It used to be that most people saw some change as good and some as bad, and were willing to compromise so each side got a bit of good from it. These days, we seem to live in a "those who want change are bad, doesn't matter what change" and this makes people who want some changes feel unfairly attacked for actually seeing that some change could be good. Not all change is necessarily good as a general thing, but many advancements (not returning to what did not work well before) might not be good or not good at the moment, so pretending that change is bad is a lie. And I would say that about politics or climate change, or anything, really. Change is often good, the question should be whether a specific change is good or not.
We seem to be sorting into two camps: All new change is bad, or all new change is good. Neither is true. the what and how are extremely important but we don't ever even get to that point anymore.
I used to be a Republican, many years ago, what was once called a moderate Republican. They don't exist any more, even what is called RINO now was conservative compared to those once-moderate Republicans, so the party has moved way too far to the right. There are NO liberal republicans. That is a dead species.