Last week, the largest protest in history for climate change brought more than 300,000 people together in New York City. This People’s Climate March was organized by 350.org and was accompanied by smaller engagements in more than 2000 cities around the world. A question I want to explore in this weekly report is whether or not this represents a turning point in the climate movement.
As many of you know, I have dedicated more than a decade to the study of cultural and psychological dimensions of global warming. This is one of the most difficult challenges humanity has ever had to confront—and many things stand against us, including the way that our brains are wired. A problem that is (1) nonlinear, (2) systemic, (3) distant in time, (4) impersonal, and (5) requiring fundamental changes in the way we organize our daily lives goes against every tendency of human psychology.