Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Psychology of Global Warming


(Photo Credit: Roberto Rizzato)

A conference on the psychology of climate change has just been held in Bristol (UK), the central theme of which is that the denial strategies people adopt to protect themselves from unpalatable information represent a major barrier to action which can promote change.

Reporting on the conference, George Marshall writing for the Guardian newspaper notes that nearly 80% of people claim to be concerned about climate change but that they tend to articulate their concern as a global problem, not a local one and as a future problem, not one for their lifetime. Marshall also notes that 60% of people believe that "many scientific experts still question if humans are contributing to climate change". Thirty per cent of people believe climate change is primarily down to natural causes and 7% do not accept that the climate is changing at all.

You can read the Guardian article in full by Clicking Here. The series of comments posted by those that have read the article are also well worth reading as they provide a fascinating insight into the reasoning and narratives surrounding global warming and climate change.

ABC correspondent Bill Blakemore discusses the psychology of climate change

This controversial issue is one that psychology is helping to inform on a number of levels and demonstrates yet again the eclectic nature of psychological inquiry.

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