I’m writing to ask everyone who reads this to immediately buy and read, “What we think about when we try not to think about Global Warming,” by Norwegian psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes.
There are 3 parts. Here are highlights:
In Part 1, Stoknes harnesses behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology to bring laser-like clarity to the source of humanity’s resistance to dealing with global warming NOW. Your soul will give a huge sigh of relief when you fully understand why some brains deny, resist, ignore, become paralyzed, or resigned in the face of the facts of climate change.
In Part 2, Stoknes lifts us out of the insanity of “doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.” He spells out a series of “end runs” around people’s barriers to solutions which will set your imagination on fire!!
In Part 3, entitled “Being, Inside the Living Air,” Stoknes creates a brilliant new context in which we human beings can relate to and experience air. He says, “Today we tend to think of the air as something out there or up there . . . This way of understanding the air arose with the chemical revolution in the Enlightenment period of 1789 to 1830.” When you have read all of Part 3 you will personally experience his assertion, “To be born is to enter the air. To be is to be in the air.” This transformative shift lights up all the solutions Stoknes proposes in Part 2 and calls people into action despite the fact that many people feel, “We’re fucked and there’s nothing I can do.”