How Can We Avoid Climate Avoidance?

Many people accept the reality of global warming but don’t want to deal with it.

Saturday, September 8, is “Rise for Climate,” a global day of climate action.  One day of action to combat climate change is a start; but how can we sustain momentum from a single day into a lasting impact?

Unfortunately, many of us have been unable to alter the climate avoidance habits we’ve fallen into. We have developed what Charles Duhigg calls a habit loop. For climate change it goes something like this: Climate change>It’s too big>I can’t do anything about it>I’m not going to talk/think about it. By avoiding the topic, we avoid the anxiety.