Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change
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This book does not set out once more to raise the alarm to encourage us to take radical measures to head off climate chaos. There have been any number of books and reports in recent years explaining just how dire the future looks and how little time we have left to act. This book is about why we have ignored those warnings, and why it is now too late. It is a book about the frailties of the human species as expressed in both the institutions we built and the psychological dispositions that have led us on the path of self-destruction. It is about our strange obsessions, our hubris, and our penchant for avoiding the facts. It is the story of a battle within us between the forces that should have caused us to protect the Earth - our capacity to reason and our connection to Nature - and those that, in the end, have won out - our greed, materialism and alienation from Nature. And it is about the 21st century consequences of these failures. Clive Hamilton is author of the bestselling Affluenza and Growth Fetish, of Scorcher, and most recently Freedom Paradox.
generation of children is marketed to as never before. Kids are being marketed to through brand licensing, through product placement, marketing in schools, through stealth marketing, through viral marketing. There are DVDs, there are video games, there’s the Internet, there are iPods, there are cell phones. There are so many more ways of reaching children, so that there’s a brand in front of a child’s face every moment of every day. Children now begin to recognise corporate logos when they are
the Concerned in the study of ‘Six Americas’—naturally feel worried, anxious and stressed. Yet it is in the nature of climate change that individuals, as individuals, can do nothing to prevent it happening and little to protect themselves from its effects. Particularly for those most alarmed about the future of a warming world, the situation can induce a chronic state of anxiety. Psychologists are beginning to identify a range of coping strategies used to manage the unpleasant feelings that
geothermal sources, which is likely to be commercially developed well before carbon capture and storage, will be readily available at all times. In summary, an electricity system that uses a mix of renewable and low-emission (gas-based) fossil fuel generation technologies, with some energy storage and a geographical dispersion of wind and solar generation, will have just as much ability to supply reliable baseload power as the current coal-based generation system. However, the rapid and
the task we face in the most striking way.42 It is the most important and confronting paper on climate change I have read. The authors present a range of possible global emission reduction paths and work out their implications for greenhouse gas concentrations and associated warming. There are two ways of thinking about the task. First, we can set a particular target, such as stabilisation at 450 ppm, and work out how soon global emissions must peak and how quickly they must fall thereafter to
Association released a draft report containing a compendious review of relevant research (Janet Swim et al., Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges, A Report by the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change (Draft), 2009, www.apa. org/science/). 73 Clive Hamilton and Tim Kasser, ‘Psychological Adaptation to the Threats and Stresses of a Four Degree World’, A paper for