1642. Psychology of resistance to climate imperatives.

The psychologists miss the obvious. The great resistance people have to climate and other severe change is that they cannot imagine how they would make living. climate change implies losing your job. It is this issue, working at sanford with paul ehrlich, that got me interested in economics. It is not consumption that people are attached to, it is their income.

“You can’t ask a person to step out of a leaky canoe unless there is another canoe. Stung in a leaky canoe ss not crazy/“ I wrote eight years ago.

So yes, climate has lots of psych issues, but the real point is the reality of no job and the lack of imagination and trust to go with surprising changes. Young people as I experience them at Stanford are better at this since they have already adapted to student poverty in a crowded ambitious world and responded with the share economy..

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