In his work What we Think About when we try not to think about global warming Stoknes raises a question that has been on my mind since the beginning of this class: we clearly have knowledge of the issues of climate change—scientists and politicians have been speaking on them for years—and we clearly have the technology to slow it, so why don’t we? It is interesting for me to see the perspective of a psychologist and economist looking at these issues, as opposed to an environmentalist, as Stoknes understands the difficulties in changing the direction of entire societies with regard to climate change. He points out the willingness of people to talk about the issue, or at least acknowledge it, however when it comes to actually putting in effort to fix it, most westerners are notably silent.
This article covers the Atlantic ocean circulation system, and the fact that it is weaker today than it has been in the past 1,000 years. Due to ice sheets melting and cooling down water near the surface, the ocean’s system of circulating water is weakening, which could effect all sorts of climates across Europe, as well as coral populations and even fish populations.