Climate change: the psychology of procrastinating

Unlike reports of a stabbing or terror incident, information about the dangers of the climate crisis can leave some of us cold. Natasha Preskey asks climate psychologists why in an article on the Independent website.   Why aren’t we more afraid of global warming? The psychology of procrastinating on climate change “I don’t expect to … Continue reading Climate change: the psychology of procrastinating

To reach our climate change targets and produce real, meaningful energy savings we have to think bigger

Cher Murphy writes on The Stewardship Report website about the need for us to be much more ambitious in our actions to improve energy efficiency. What are your views?   Why Small Changes Are Not Enough in Energy Efficiency Millions of people take steps each year to try to reduce their carbon footprint and save … Continue reading To reach our climate change targets and produce real, meaningful energy savings we have to think bigger

“The problem isn’t just gas-fueled cars but car-fueled lives”

Changing the fuel won’t solve the bigger problems of our addiction to cars:  their resource-intensiveness; their destruction of community; the sacrifice of our real future for manufacturer’s promises that there’ll be a better tomorrow if we just let them get away with a worse today; the highway carnage…. Farhad Manjoo discusses in an opinion piece … Continue reading “The problem isn’t just gas-fueled cars but car-fueled lives”

How to cope with distress over climate change

Enough people are feeling stress over this Covid-19 pandemic understandably. Increasingly people are feeling distressed about global warming. Susan Shain writes on the New York Times website about how some are dealing with it. How are you doing it?   Got Climate Anxiety? These People Are Doing Something About It Distress over global warming is … Continue reading How to cope with distress over climate change

Climate change promises to alter life on Earth for hundreds of millions of people in the decades to come: modern science can learn from Indigenous knowledge

Nicole Mortillaro writes on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website about what we can learn from taking a long term perspective to our climate actions. Some believe that when it comes to climate action, this short-sightedness neglects to take into account how our actions today — such as continuing to burn fossil fuels or cutting down … Continue reading Climate change promises to alter life on Earth for hundreds of millions of people in the decades to come: modern science can learn from Indigenous knowledge

Addressing climate change: “Mothers are the “sweet spot” for inspiring social change”

Sarah Kaplan writes on the Washington Post website about the important role that mothers play in educating the public about climate change. Five fellow climate scientists who are also mothers, she has teamed up with Potential Energy, a nonprofit marketing firm, to launch Science Moms, a $10 million campaign to educate and empower mothers to … Continue reading Addressing climate change: “Mothers are the “sweet spot” for inspiring social change”

The tipping points for climate action

The rapid decline of coal-fired power in the UK and petrol cars in Norway indicate how small policy changes can lead to dramatic climate action, researchers argue. Daisy Dunne writes on The Independent website that “tipping points” can really bring about faster action on the climate crisis.   Activating ‘tipping points’ in human society could … Continue reading The tipping points for climate action

Few people would stop to consider if their sporting activities damage the environment

Reducing GHG emissions is not simple and, as we know, there is no single solution. Tim Breitbarth, Adam Karg and Kasey Symons, all of Swinburne University of Technology, write on the Conversation website about the impact of driving to and from sport events each year. The solution is not simple.   Drive to football? Take … Continue reading Few people would stop to consider if their sporting activities damage the environment

Citizens from around the world will be recruited at random to form a global ‘Climate Assembly’

One thousand people will be selected at random to reflect the gender, race, age and economic make-up of the global population, organisers said. They will meet online next year to learn about climate change from international experts, before drawing up advice for world leaders ahead of a major UN climate summit in Glasgow in November … Continue reading Citizens from around the world will be recruited at random to form a global ‘Climate Assembly’

Pick a topic and it’s increasingly easy to predict what someone might think about it based on their opinion about another topic in that same political basket of ideologies

Peter Ellerton, Senior Lecturer in Critical Thinking; Curriculum Director, UQ Critical Thinking Project at The University of Queensland writes on The Conversation website trying to answer three questions related to how people address climate change. What are your views?   Climate explained: why do humans instinctively reject evidence contrary to their beliefs? Why do humans … Continue reading Pick a topic and it’s increasingly easy to predict what someone might think about it based on their opinion about another topic in that same political basket of ideologies