Understanding how people decide to use less energy at home or at work is crucial to boost virtuous behaviours

Understanding how people decide to use less energy at home or at work is crucial to boost virtuous behaviours. Our reaction to any novelty is so complex that a lot of socio-psychological research has been done to try to make it more predictable. Gianluca Dotti discusses much of this research in an article on the … Continue reading Understanding how people decide to use less energy at home or at work is crucial to boost virtuous behaviours

How people perceive their personal energy use and the decisions they make in their daily lives

Understanding how people view their own energy consumption and how this impacts on reducing GHG emissions is crucial if we are to achieve our long-term objectives. Academic Shahzeen Attari studies the psychology behind energy use and our views of the climate problem. Chris Mooney interviewed her in an article on the Washington Post website.   … Continue reading How people perceive their personal energy use and the decisions they make in their daily lives

Just how ready is each of us to undertake radical steps in our own lives to address climate change?

There’s overwhelming public acknowledgement that action has to be taken on climate change. But only a minority want to make changes to our lifestyle.  Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation provided his views in the February issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry.   How Far Are You Prepared To Go? No … Continue reading Just how ready is each of us to undertake radical steps in our own lives to address climate change?

What it would take to motivate people to take practical steps to reduce GHG emissions is where behavioural science comes in

We know we all need to increase our actions to reduce GHG emissions but we simply are not doing enough. David Comerford, Program Director, MSc Behavioural Science at the University of Stirling provides his views on the use of behavioural science in an article on The Conversation website. What are your views?   How behavioural … Continue reading What it would take to motivate people to take practical steps to reduce GHG emissions is where behavioural science comes in

Leveraging the link between human and planetary well-being could be key to shifting our economies away from consumption and tackling the climate crisis

Less is more, according to a growing movement of minimalists. They say a clean space can clear the head, but could it also draw a link between personal and planetary well-being?  Loveday Wright explains in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Can a minimalist mindset help save the planet? If everybody lived in … Continue reading Leveraging the link between human and planetary well-being could be key to shifting our economies away from consumption and tackling the climate crisis

People still don’t realise how bad the world’s climate and natural environment have become

Bobby Duffy, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute, atKing's College London writes on The Conversation website about how ordinary people underestimate the seriousness of climate change. He states that  climate campaigners have to realise that it’s not enough to just provide more facts and expect people to hear them and act. … Continue reading People still don’t realise how bad the world’s climate and natural environment have become

Trump’s feud: “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind . . .”

Even Bob Dylan was ahead of his time. Well, we knew that at the time. But we never imagined that any President of the United States had such strong feelings about the wind.  Obviously, the blowing of the wind is no comfort for Trump.  You should enjoy this article by Karen Heller in the Washington … Continue reading Trump’s feud: “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind . . .”

The need to engage all consumers in our low carbon energy transition

If we are to meet (and hopefully surpass) our 2015 Paris climate objectives, then we have to ensure all energy users are empowered to change. Even though we need to achieve a fast transition away from our current fossil-fuelled energy system, we also need residential and commercial energy users to implement energy efficiency measures and … Continue reading The need to engage all consumers in our low carbon energy transition

Consumers are warned that their behaviour will have to change if Scotland is to meet its long-term low-carbon objectives

Finally, a government minister has explained that we cannot continue our current ways if we are to effectively meet our long-term climate and energy objectives. Roseanna Cunningham, Environment Secretary in Scotland, said people changing their behaviour would be “critical” for the country to have any chance of ending its contribution to global warming within 25 … Continue reading Consumers are warned that their behaviour will have to change if Scotland is to meet its long-term low-carbon objectives

Optimism is powerful but in discussing our environment some pessimism can also be a useful tool

So, what are you? An optimist or a pessimist? No, no need to answer. But it is good to think about this when discussing our approach to the environment. Dominic McAfee and Sean Connell from the University of Adelaide together with Zoe Doubleday of the University of South Australia explain their reasons in an article … Continue reading Optimism is powerful but in discussing our environment some pessimism can also be a useful tool