What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming
In class we have talked a lot about the causes and effects of being bombarded with information about climate change. I liked that Stoknes provided a psychological explanation as to why we resist action against climate change and also suggested strategies for dealing with the immobilizing depression we experience when we consider the multitudinous environmental crises we are facing. I found his arguments about switching from fossil fuels to wind and solar energy to be compelling, if not entirely plausible. I also strongly agree with his belief that the root of climate change denial and a lack of large-scale changes results from an inadequate understanding of the way most humans think, act, and live in the world around them, though I hadn’t considered all of the consequences of this prior to reading his book. It is astounding to me that in first world countries, approximately half the population simply doesn’t believe that climate change is occurring. It seems like this widespread denial has only been increasing as more and more data has piled up to prove that climate change is happening– and it’s happening fast.
I honestly am very tired of reading and talking about climate change. I think we should read about a different issue since climate change comes up in everything we read a it is already. I did enjoy Stonkes’ writing style and felt his background in psychology made for an all-around more compelling book. I also liked that the book was split into three sections. To solve most problems you need to take the steps he outlines: Thinking, Doing, and Being. I feel that he deftly captures the ways in which humans now relate to the natural world and offers concrete solutions to improve this fraught relationship.
Invasive species are a growing threat especially as climate change is increasing temperatures across the globe. The remote Bouvet Island, a tiny, glacier-smothered landmass in the South Atlantic rimmed by 500-meter-tall cliffs, is the only known spot on Earth that has zero invasive species. Every other place is at least indirectly affected by one or more species that has been transported to new lands from the ecosystems in which the species evolved. In the United States, such interlopers — everything from zebra mussels in the Great Lakes to Burmese pythons in the Everglades — damage crops, infrastructure or otherwise cost taxpayers about $145 billion annually. Invasive species, are born of globalization and consumerism, their numbers increase as international trade widens and accelerates. The cost and spread of invasives is only going to get worse if we do not find new methods of preventing/reversing global warming.