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What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action
Why does knowing more mean believing—and doing—less? A prescription for change
The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead.
It is a catch-22 that starts, says psychologist and economist Per Espen...more
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Are humans psychologically capable of comprehending the scale of climate change? And responding? Stoknes wants to say "yes" to both, while admitting that the odds are stacked against us. The author is a psychologist by training, and sets out to apply the insights of his field to the need for a global human response to a human-caused global problem.
PART 1 describes psychological barriers which keep the ...more
I do think the last third of the book doesn't quite fit with the rest of it; it's interesting, but doesn't belong here.
The examination of the roots of climate denialism and barriers to action fascinated me. I have always been so numbers/facts driven that I couldn’t understand why/how people could not see the overwhelming evidence that we are fucked. That we have fucked our kids lives too. Part 1 of this book made me realize that ...more
This book uses psychology to explain why most people do not take the necessary actions to prevent climate change and why the common way of communication about climate change and the related risks is not effective. The book also suggests how to do this differently and suggests severy approaches to more effective communication. Finally the third section of the book discusses the role of our world ...more
Stoknes PE (2015) What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming - Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action
Foreword by Jorgen Randers
Introduction: Battering One Another
•Thinking About the Future
•Confronting the Climate Paradox
Part I: Thinking: Understanding the Climate Paradox
01. The Psychological Climate Paradox
02. “Climate Is the New Marx”: The Many Faces of Skepticism and Denial
•States of Denial
•At What Levels Is Denial Really Holding Us ...more
No 10 words have ever captured my feeling towards climate change (or climate disruption, as Stoknes calls it) so well, or the opinion of any of my fellow Environmental sciences students for that matter.
Stoknes explores the thinking, doing and being of climate change clearly and intimately. It's been a joy to read and useful at the same time. What more could a reader wish for!