What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action

Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015 - 290 sider

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 Stoknes, from an inadequate understanding of the way most humans think, act, and live in the world around them. With dozens of examples--from the private sector to government agencies--Stoknes shows how to retell the story of climate change and, at the same time, create positive, meaningful actions that can be supported even by deniers.

In What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming, Stoknes not only masterfully identifies the five main psychological barriers to climate action, but addresses them with five strategies for how to talk about global warming in a way that creates action and solutions, not further inaction and despair.

These strategies work with, rather than against, human nature. They are social, positive, and simple--making climate-friendly behaviors easy and convenient. They are also story-based, to help add meaning and create community, and include the use of signals, or indicators, to gauge feedback and be constantly responsive.

Whether you are working on the front lines of the climate issue, immersed in the science, trying to make policy or educate the public, or just an average person trying to make sense of the cognitive dissonance or grapple with frustration over this looming issue, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming moves beyond the psychological barriers that block progress and opens new doorways to social and personal transformation.


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Norwegian psychologist and economist Stoknes (Money and Soul) has produced a work about the psychological effects of global warming messages. While accepting dire facts and projections put forth by ... Læs hele anmeldelsen


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Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology
The Psychology of Identity
The Five Psychological Barriers to Climate Action
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The Power of Social Networks
New Signals of Progress
Stand Up for Your Depression
What Is It Trying to Tell Us?
ReImagining Climate as the Living Air
Its Hopeless and Ill Give It My All

Reframing the Climate Messages
Make It Simple to Choose Right
Use the Power of Stories to ReStory Climate

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Per Espen Stoknesnbsp;is a psychologist and an economist. An entrepreneur, he has cofounded clean-energy companies, and henbsp;spearheads the BI Norwegian Business School's executive program on green growth. He has previously worked both as a clinical andnbsp;organizational psychologist and as an advisor in scenario planning to a wide range of major national and international businesses,nbsp;government agencies, and nonprofit institutions. His research interests include climate and environmental strategies, economicnbsp;psychology, and energynbsp;systems. Teachingnbsp;areas includenbsp;green growth, foresight and corporate strategy,nbsp;behavioral economics and expressive arts. He has written three books, includingnbsp;Moneynbsp;andnbsp;Soul. He lives in Oslo, Norway.

Jørgen Randers was born in 1945 in Norway. He is the professor of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, and practitioner in the field of future studies. Randers received an undergraduate degree at the University of Oslo in 1968, and a PhD at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1973. From 1981 to 1989 he served as president of the BI Norwegian Business School, and from 1994 to 1999 as deputy director general of the World Wildlife Fund International in Switzerland. In the year 2005-06 he led the Norwegian Commission on Low Emissions, which "presented a report demonstrating how Norway could reduce her greenhouse gas emissions by 2050". Randers is professor of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School. His research interests are on climate issues, scenario planning and system dynamics, especially on the topics of sustainable development, climate change and global warming mitigation. His titles include The Limits to Growth, Elements of the System Dynamics Methods, and 2052 - A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years.

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