WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING: TOWARD A NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF CLIMATE ACTION
I thought Stoknes did a great job examining how people think about the climate in his book. He did a great job presenting this information in his book by breaking it up into the parts: ‘Thinking: Understanding the Climate Paradox,’ ‘Doing: If It Doesn’t Work, Do Something Else,’ and ‘Being: Inside the Living Air. I really enjoyed how he knew exactly what people were thinking and their reasons for such a hands off attitude toward the climate around them. Going back to Professor Krygier’s email earlier this week, it was interesting to put myself in the issues Stoknes raised. What was even more entertaining to me, is when Stoknes talked about people and their denial toward the climate. This literally made me laugh because the President of the USA was quoted saying, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”. This was the exact point that Stoknes was talking about when he said, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but everyone is not entitled to decide upon and make up their own scientific facts”. This book left me with a better sense of how people view the climate, as well as the actions these people take to either help it or separate themselves from the issue all together.
Current Event: Rotating Homes Are Taking Solar Power To The Next Level
-Casa em Movimento (House in Motion) is a Portuguese company that has designed rotating solar-powered houses that follow the sun. The concept of rotating the house with the sun, was inspired by the way sunflowers move with the sun from east to west during daylight, and back to the east overnight. The way it works, is that the homes are pre-programmed to move, which enables the homes to generate a great deal of energy with the sun power they collect. The houses rotate 180 degrees, and the roofing hoods pivot 90 degrees. This all means that the energy generated from the rotation is 25,000 kWh per year. To put that in perspective, a normal house of the same size uses just 5,000 kWh each year. This is all done by only using the energy comparable to six 60-watt light bulbs lit for an hour. Rotating homes have not yet hit mainstream, but these innovative houses show the kind of high-tech sustainable architecture the world can look forward to in decades to come.