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Why we don't act: Climate Change Psychology

Posted on 7 August 2020 by Guest Author

Little kids are bad at delayed gratification. But unfortunately so are adults. I take a look at why weighing future benefits against present costs makes climate change such a challenging conundrum.

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  1. More related to this theme which shows what a challenge we face.

    www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5530483

    "Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert argues that humans are exquisitely adapted to respond to immediate problems, such as terrorism, but not so good at more probable, but distant dangers, like global warming. He talks about his op-ed piece which appeared in Sunday's Los Angeles Times......"

    One disagreement with the video. Its wrong to say the world has not responded strongly to covid 19. Plenty of countries have responded robustly and at least moderately quickly particularly Europe and Australasia, and have supressed the curve for months now. This is exactly what professor Gilbert would expect. This has not been quite the case in the USA which appears to this outsider to have a disjointed approach to the problem related to the leadership. If you can call it leadership (sarc).

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