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Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life
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Kari Norgaard presents Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life September 18, 2015, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Kari Norgaard lecture at WSU Global warming is the most significant environmental issue of our time, yet public response in Western nations has been meager. Why have so few taken any action? I describe “the social organization of climate denial” through multiple level

9/18/2015
When: 9/18/2015
From 11:30-1:00 PM
Where: Washington State University, Lighty 405
Pullman, Washington 
United States
Presenter: Kari Norgaard

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Kari Norgaard

Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life

11:30-1:00, September 18 2015

Lighty 405, WSU

Abstract

Global warming is the most significant environmental issue of our time, yet public response in Western nations has been meager. Why have so few taken any action? I describe “the social organization of climate denial” through multiple levels, from emotions to cultural norms to political economy. Disturbing emotions of guilt, helplessness and fear of the future that arose when people were confronted with the idea of climate change were normalized through deployment of conversation norms and discourses that served as “tools of social order.” This lack of response is an active process that I call “socially organized denial.” The primary research from Norway is supplemented by comparisons to the United States, telling a larger story behind the public paralysis in the face of today’s alarming predictions from climate scientists.

 

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