Published on Sep 9, 2015
A recent paper written by former NASA scientist James Hansen and 16 other prominent climate researchers warns of glacial melting this century that could cause as much as a ten foot sea-level rise in as little as fifty years. This timetable is much faster than previously thought possible and if proven accurate, the international target of limiting global temperatures to a 2°C rise this century will not be nearly enough to prevent most major coastal cities from being rendered uninhabitable.
Much recent evidence suggests that the acceleration of climate change is much more severe than current estimates contained in reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
But it seems that the worse the news gets, the less humans seem motivated to take action. Norwegian psychologist Per Espen Stoknes poses the question: “Are Humans inevitably short term?” Could it be as noted cognitive linguist George Lakoff suggests, that the long cherished notion that Human beings are rational is not what it is cracked up to be? If so, what does motivate humans?
Stoknes, author of “What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming”, says he has the answer.
Stoknes explores why we think the way we think–focusing on the climate change deniers among us–and highlights key factors that contribute to people’s disbelief of the subject. He offers advice on how to change people’s minds (by sharing stories of economic, environmental, and personal growth that come from reversing global warming) and outline his plan to turn optimism into action for a better future.
Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and University Bookstore