According to leading experts on global environmental and social issues, resistance to the reality of anthropogenic global warming (human-caused climate change) must be recognized and treated before real action can be taken to effectively address this significant threat facing our planet.
Meeting in London last week, scientists came together for the Planet Under Pressure 2012 conference to discuss potential solutions to the challenge of global sustainability.
A featured speaker at the conference, University of Oregon Professor Kari Norgaard, explains:
We find a profound misfit between dire scientific predictions of ongoing and future climate changes and scientific assessments of needed emissions reductions on the one hand, and weak political, social or policy response on the other.
People are individually and collectively habituated to the ways we act and think. This habituation must be recognized and simultaneously addressed.
This kind of cultural resistance to very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat.
Just as we cannot overhaul a car fleet overnight, we cannot change our ideological superstructure overnight. We must first be aware that this resistance is happening at all levels of our society. If you have to push a heavy weight, it doesn’t mean it can’t be moved, but in order to push it you had better know that you have something heavy and figure out how to move it — where to put the lever to shift the weight.