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

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

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

Evangelical Christians starting to take new approach to climate change

Conservative Christians have long opposed climate science, saying human induced warming goes against God’s omnipotence. Opinions divide on whether that thinking might slowly be changing. Shay Meinecke discusses in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. God and the earth: Evangelical take on climate change When Reverend Mitchell Hescox organized an environmental stewardship conference for … Continue reading Evangelical Christians starting to take new approach to climate change

Are you a fluid thinker? A Prius or wine? Or possibly both?

Sometimes one needs to read an article that just takes a different slant on life.  Dave McIntyre writes a good article in the Washington Post about your wine choice. Even if you are having a dry January, you should enjoy. What your wine choices say about the way you think “You’re a fluid thinker,” my … Continue reading Are you a fluid thinker? A Prius or wine? Or possibly both?

How one family is following a low-carbon lifestyle

Undoubtedly, this low-carbon energy transition makes us wonder what it means for us.  Tereza Stastna writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the efforts of one family in Berlin. It ends with a very good quote we should all reflect on: "It's not just a project, and it's not a game," she says. "Our kids … Continue reading How one family is following a low-carbon lifestyle

The power of positive stories in addressing climate change

Stories with positive role models and which focus on the positive outcomes of solutions are much more likely to inspire action to solve it, says Denise Baden, Associate Professor in Business Ethics at the University of Southampton. She explains in an article on The Conversation website.   Environmental storytelling can help spread big ideas for … Continue reading The power of positive stories in addressing climate change

In advance of publication from UN climate science panel, one expert raises concerns about public apathy

Leo Barasi, author of The Climate Majority: Apathy and Action in an Age of Nationalism, published by New Internationalist, writes in the Guardian about the effect of public apathy concerning climate change. As he writes: “Persuading people to cut down on things they enjoy for the sake of the climate might seem impossible.”  However, we … Continue reading In advance of publication from UN climate science panel, one expert raises concerns about public apathy