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Week of July 6-12

Hi! This week, I went really in depth on content. I explored a lot of different websites, media, and online resources, and took notes on how they connected psychology and climate change.

After finishing Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, I read a report by the American Psychological Association (“Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges”, American Psychological Association, 2009) that outlined many different recommendations for how psychologists can drive climate change action. I also listened to and took notes on a few Hidden Brain podcasts, explored some articles, polls, and books, and watched an interview with a global warming skeptic (see notes page for more information)! I learned a lot about different psychological functions that hamper climate change action, but overall, one thing stuck out to me: our overwhelmingly assertive approach to sustainability! Many times, activists approach climate change deniers with the intention to persuade, rather than to understand, and instead of listening to a person’s experiences, try instead to continue presenting facts and evidence as a mechanism for persuasion. This week, I learned that sometimes, facts aren’t the most effective ways to convince people to take action, and that focusing on broader themes, such as developing personal and emotional connections and tying climate change into other life values can make a bigger impact. I’m hoping to explore this idea more in depth next week as well!

I have also created a new page to show all of my notes from the various resources I’ve been exploring! I’ll be updating it every few weeks with new information 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to update you on the progress I make next week 🙂

Interview with global warming skeptic Anthony Watts. Watts presents a very interesting perspective–he used to believe wholeheartedly that humans are causing climate change, but now believes the data is misconstrued.
It was fascinating to observe how Watts and the interviewer interacted!