Staying motivated and quotes

For a laugh– White man behind a desk                             

Global climate change is real and we have a limited time to change our behavior or live with the consequences. We can all help by making small changes in our lives to letting our voice be heard by our governing bodies. As has always been the case in this country, if the people demand change, it will come 
– Kyra Sedgwick


The good news is we know what to do. The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed, and as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait.

AL GORE, speech at National Sierra Club Convention, Sept. 9, 2005——————————————————————

Sick of Bad news – Bring on the good news?

Every day , almost every hour the news spews out the dire effects of Climate change, but how often do we hear the positive accounts of what people are doing , and what can be done. The psychology around this topic is very interesting.

Robert Gifford (Canadian Environmental psychologist) suggests there are many reasons behind people’s relative inaction on this issue. Being incorrectly informed about the subject and the relative worth of various actions to reduce carbon emissions is one. Having a brain that defaults to here and now problems rather than distant threats is another. Read more about how Optimism bias, environmental numbness, finances, habit, conflicting goals and various other factors constrain humans from a rational response to climate change.New-Scientist-33-reasons-we-fail-to-act-on-Climate-Change.pdf

Nikki Harre (Psychology for a better world) proposes that people ‘s creativity for solution-finding, and motivation for behaviour change comes about by seeing others taking action and ‘coming together in action’.

What can individuals do and how can they also influence higher level change? Read about this on ‘What can be done’

Working together so much is possible : if ten people became more aware and motivated to reduce carbon emissions, and they  influence, by example, ten friends each month, and those ten did the same after 10 months, that would be many thousands of people, even if only some are responsive.

Here’s a great news story from Aaron Packard of Pacific Climate Warriors. See   




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