Week 13 blog post

What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action was overall really good. It is divided into 3 main sections: Thinking, Doing, Being. I especially enjoyed this book because it gave me an approach that I could use during conversations with my grandpa who simply denies “climate science facts”. Probably one of the most interesting figures he brings up is Figure 1.3, he talks about how when people around the world were asked to rank their concern about climate change, financial instability, and Islamic extremism. For US residents the concern about climate ranked the lowest, whereas in developing countries climate change ranked the highest in their concerns. This of course then would call for an adjustment in how to communicate climate change, because clearly the current methods for how to communicate the issue are not effective. The line “science itself is really systematized skepticism” made me laugh, because it is so very true. One of the many “rules” of scientific research is that your research must be peer reviewed and as well it is a well known fact that at any given moment another scientist could easily disprove a theory that one has worked on their whole life. Such is the life of a scientist. He then speaks on the idea that we need to change the psychological approach behind how are portraying climate change. Yet, as he speaks about later in the book, it is hard to make people be worried about something that they cannot see or feel. I personally think that this was the most important section of the book, because he speaks on what is most necessary to change in order for people to change their thoughts about climate change. We must learn to work together to communicate this issue, and explain to others the importance of climate change, even though it will be very complicated to explain how something should be feared when we cannot actually portray the threat. Overall this book was very interesting to read, and very helpful.

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