Don’t Even Think About It: why our brains are wired to ignore climate change by George Marshall
GUEST BOOK REVIEW by Lynn Murphy
This book is an eloquent explanation of the issue in the title: well-researched, and refreshingly written. It is serious, but not a depressing lecture: the book is entertaining and engaging, partly through its use of stories and interviews as a way of getting past our hard-wired resistance. The table below gives a summary of the major issues covered in the book, and Marshall’s suggested antidotes.
The book is a useful summary of the psychological obstacles in us moving to a low carbon economy, from information to conviction, from government to individual and social action. Unlike some books on this theme, Marshall not only helps to clarify the problems, but has some wise and practical suggestions on antidotes, as shown below.