Can psychology help us solve the climate emergency?
Can psychology help us solve the climate emergency? Human behaviour has an impact on every aspect of life on earth, from overpopulation, pollution, deforestation to climate crisis. But human behaviour is complex and multi-faced; sometimes we act rationally and consciously, while other times our decisions are completely impulsive and unconscious.
Rational us understand the benefits of sustainable actions, like cycling to work (impact on environment, health, money), but the affective us simply cannot handle the idea of getting on a bike and breaking sweat at the first hill. Can psychology help us in promoting more sustainable behaviours?
In this session we will discuss what tools can psychology offer to empower individuals, groups and organisations to make a positive behaviour change and live more sustainably. We will discuss recent research evidence on how we can adopt a sustainable behaviour change and present tips on how to influence sustainable behaviour in our everyday life.
Part of the COP26 activities at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow