What We Think About…

Although the book cover says “a new psychology of climate action” I was surprised at how in-depth the author delved into the origins and impacts of a variety of individuals thoughts on climate change and climate action instead of politics and problems and solutions. The second chapter disclosed the five typical tactics of denialism: (1) identification of conspiracies, (2) use of fake experts, (3) selectivity, (4) creation of impossible expectations, and (5) the use of false analogies and logical fallacies. In addition, a list of the basic characteristics of our biopsychology was stated: (1) self-interest, (2) status, (3) imitation, (4) short-term favored over long-term thinking, and (5) immediate valued over long-term risk. Opening with these ideas gave me a reference frame for later concepts, which I greatly appreciated. The breakdown of the book into 3 parts worked very well in my opinion, with previous sections informing the next. My favorite section was definitely “Being” (i.e. looking at relationship with earth and air). It was sometimes difficult to hear how reflective the climate’s state is of the way we treat ourselves, others, and how we live our lives. But the author did not leave me feeling shamed or hopeless unlike a lot of other writings that are in regard to the human-nature relationship. I want to spend more time with this book and give it the attention and consideration (i.e. critical thought) it deserves, as I believe a lot can be learned from the critical analysis of our psyche and its relationship to climate action and climate change provided by this author and some of the others mentioned within the text (like Mark Hoofnagle, Jorgen Randers, etc.).


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