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Julie Cook Kitchener May 27, 2021 17:29 pm
Hi everyone,

"I will admit that I sometimes fall into the climate doom-ism camp. As a sustainability and behavioral scientist steeped in a steady stream of information about how much we have to do and how often we fail to do it, it can be hard to feel optimistic. I was surprised--then chastened, then angered--when I realized that my climate despair might actually be a tool being wielded by those looking to undermine climate action."

This is the first paragraph of an interesting article published a few weeks ago by Behavioral Scientist about the tactics used by fossil fuel corporations to stall action on climate change, as well as one of the best ways to engage the public: through coupling urgency with agency. In other words, people need to feel the urgency of climate change without getting caught in despair, as that can lead to inertia.

An interview with Michael Mann, the author of the book The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet is also featured, including a discussion about the need to incorporate both individual action with systemic change.

You can find the full Behavioral Scientist article here