In the public discourse about climate change people argue about whether or not a specific weather event was caused by global warming. Conventional understanding of an “effect” such as a storm or drought as having a “cause” or several “causes” is insufficient to explain global warming and climate change. It takes a new view called “systemic causation” to make clear the complexity of what is actually happening, In the following piece, Professor Emeritus George Lakoff of the University of California Berkeley, explains “systemic causation” and opens up a huge window of clarity into the complexity of what is actually happening in contrast to the simple “cause and effect” explanations most of us are used to.
Here is a second piece by Professor Lakoff. In this piece he discusses the importance of language in dealing with global warming and climate change.
- Climate Change by Joseph Romm: Spells out every issue regarding climate change; Basic reference answers all questions
- Dire Predictions by Michael Mann: Extraordinary color book illustrating all aspects of climate change and global warming
- The Madhouse Effect by Michael Mann: World-renowned climate scientist spelling out the state-of-the-situation with climate change and global warming
- This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein: Spells out the climate crisis and the history of activism
- Frackopoly by Wenonah Hauter: Traces the history of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)
- Dark Money by Jane Mayre: Traces the ultra-conservative movement generated by Charles and David Koch, the two richest billionaires in the United States
- The Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway: Chronicles how the tobacco industry hired scientists to create doubt about cigarettes causing cancer and how the fossil fuel industry hired some of those very same scientists to create doubt about the existence of climate change and global warming and to undermine mainstream science
- People Get Ready by Robert W. Mc Chesney and John Nichols: Warns people that the steady development of robots will eliminate huge numbers of jobs and will leave millions and millions of people without jobs
- Incognito –the secret lives of the brain by David Eagleman: Makes crystal clear that everything that is going on with you and me is caused by our brain
- The Optimism Bias by Tali Sharot: Details the part of the brain that interprets things positively
- Don’t Even Thing About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change, George Miller: Why we won’t confront climate change
- Getting the Public to Act and Vote on Climate by David Fenton of Fenton Communications
- “What we think about when we try not to think about Global Warming” by Norwegian psychologist-economist-
philosopher Per Espen Stoknes.
- The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
- Moral Politics by George Lakoff: Distinguishes the difference between Liberal and Conservative thinking
- Don’t think of an Elephant by George Lakoff: Know your values and frame the debate
- An Inconvenient Truth by Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore
- Cowspiracy: Documentary spelling out the impact of methane gas emissions from cattle on climate change/global warming / Agriculture contributes as much emissions to global warming as transportation
- Merchants of Doubt: Documentary interviewing the scientists and organizations that spread doubt about fossil fuels causing climate change / global warming
- This Changes Everything: Documentary by Naomi Klein detailing particularly the damage cause by fossil fuel companies around the world including fracking in Canada
- Before the Flood: Climate change documentary by Leonardo Di Caprio