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What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015

The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead. Psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes confronts this resistance his new book, What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming.

Rich in story and examples, Stoknes reviews recent psychological research and explores emerging strategies for how to overcome this paradox. A more compassionate climate communication can now rely on approaches that employ the power of social networks, reframing, nudging, storytelling and better climate response indicators. Also, the acknowledgement of grief, helplessness and despair can be a deep source of motivation for a grounded hope. He seeks to answer the fundamental questions: Is humanity up to the task? Or are we humans inescapably locked into short-termism?

Sponsor: Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2:30-4:00 pm

Location: Columbia University, Uris Hall, Room 301, 3022 Broadway

RSVP: This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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