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The JP Forum with Per Espen Stoknes: Why Climate Guilt Doesn’t Help
April 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Why does knowing more mean believing—and doing—less? Join us for a lesson in the psychology of climate (in)action.
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.
Join the Jamaica Plain Forum in welcoming Per Espen Stoknes, psychologist and economist, who will present his book What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming. Stoknes shows how to retell the story of climate change and, at the same time, create positive, meaningful actions that can be supported even by deniers. He masterfully identifies the five main psychological barriers to climate action, and addresses them with five strategies for how to talk about global warming in a way that creates action and solutions, not further inaction and despair.
These strategies work with, rather than against, human nature. They are social, positive, and simple—making climate-friendly behaviors easy and convenient. They are also story-based, to help add meaning and create community, and include the use of signals, or indicators, to gauge feedback and be constantly responsive.
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