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OPINION. The climate crisis is here: stop with your guilt and plan your future
Science & Planet As the climate crisis is confronted, seems to be the choice between denial or guilt is getting more and more to be, writes Matthew Adams, professor of Psychology at the University of Brighton. But there is an alternative: the crisis, accept a wider handle and determine what really matters.

It is clear that the climate crisis is reached. Evidence of the destructive impact of climate change continue to accumulate, and the problem is whacky real. This week released a shocking report that showed that a third of the ice cap in the Himalayan mountain range is doomed. the

at the same time, confronted Australia with a recordzomer that a destruction caused of biblical proportions, including mass mortality of horses, bats and fish anywhere in the country, while the island of Tasmania is on fire. At some places, that kind of summers are the new normal.

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While the evidence pile up that a ‘klimaatramptoekomst reality is, it is tempting to scientific questions about the way the general public reacts to it. Numerous psychological studies suggest that we now have all the energy to invest in the denial of a situation that we deeply worrying. And the closer that is, the more efforts we need to do. the

That comment was in the first instance as a psychological reflex viewing. But denial and other defense mechanisms that we use to make the reality of tyres and a feeling of ‘normal’ to maintain, also have interpersonal, social and cultural aspects. Indeed, our relationships, groups, and broader cultures in which we find support in the not-to think and talk about the crisis. There are numerous strategies to that state of knowing and not-knowing to maintain - we are very inventive.

But the crucial point is the fact that these mechanisms us keep us from making a meaningful response to climate change. We manage to solve the problem, and how we should react, on a ‘safe’ distance. And as the crisis increasingly difficult to ignore - just look at the current cascade of shocking reports - we dig us individually and culturally deeper and deeper in to our attention from them to keep away.

How do you feel?

The standard approach of a piece as I now write, as a social scientist, is now something to say about how the crisis better should be communicated. The question of 1 million of course is how the most recent disaster can be used to make a real change in motion. It is without a doubt important to think and to communicate, because it is critical to the climate crisis in our culture that is so good at ignoring uncomfortable truths.

But let's be honest. Nobody knows exactly what works and what doesn't. We have never before experienced. And I think increasingly that this type of analysis, perversely enough, in itself, an example of how you can take away the problem. The terrifying klimaatverhaal intellectualiseren as “a communication problem” is also a way to distance themselves.

so Let's call a spade a spade: as a result of the climate change happen all kinds of terrible things, and these articles appear in the media. How do you cope? How do you feel? Are you shocked, dismayed, anxious, bored or are you just tired? How do you deal with the fear? You put it away in a safe corner of your brain?

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