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Description: So think about it, what role might psychology have to play in saving the world from climate change?

Source: How Psychology Can Save the World from Climate Change, Tania Lombrozo, Cosmos and Culture (13.7)

Date: November 30, 2015

Climate Change

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Links: Article Link — http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/11/30/457835780/how-psychology-can-save-the-world-from-climate-change

The core issues and climate change sure of course about the environment and about the changes human behaviour has wrought upon the environment and the implication of those changes for global warming. So what does that have to do is psychology? While, what it has to do with his human behaviour. And one of the biggest issues involved with human behaviour is the difficulty particularly on a global scale in getting it to change. And it must change if the issues underlying global warming are to be addressed. This article, looks at what psychology might provide in the way of assistance in terms of effectively getting the necessary messages out there with regards to global warming, and especially, with regards to necessary individual, and state level change. The insights provided by the review article upon which the article reference here is based are not particularly surprising, but they do point out that the psychological factors involved in changing the global climate picture a probably just about as important as the behavioural and industrial changes that must be implemented if things are going to improve.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What sorts of problems in behaviour change related to global warming that psychology brings to light?
  2. What sorts of things that psychology suggest we might do about the issues raised in response to question one above?
  3. Can you think of any ways in which psychology and psychologists might effectively contribute to our, hopefully global, efforts to address this important issue?

References (Read Further):

van der Linden, S., Maibach, E., & Leiserowitz, A. (2015). Improving Public Engagement With Climate Change Five “Best Practice” Insights From Psychological Science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(6), 758-763.

 

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