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Psychologists vs. climate change. The leaders of psychological associations from more than 40 countries signed a proclamation to use their expertise to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.”

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  • Interesting article. Back in the early 90’s I worked in a pilot plant for some of the new products to replace the CFC’s that we’re creating the hole in the ozone layer. This problem was urgent and demanded cooperation on many levels to solve. The problem is similar to the one we are attempting to address

    Interesting article. Back in the early 90’s I worked in a pilot plant for some of the new products to replace the CFC’s that we’re creating the hole in the ozone layer. This problem was urgent and demanded cooperation on many levels to solve. The problem is similar to the one we are attempting to address with Climate Change but on a much smaller scale. Back then as now the solutions were already worked out. There were replacement products that were known but it was necessary for industry and governments to participate. The Montreal protocol, an international accord was agreed upon to phase out CFC’s and the major manufacturer of CFC, DuPont (no I did not work for DuPont), unilaterally decided to stop manufacturing CFC. When DuPont made that decision the rest of the industry followed. The efforts were successful although the problem still exists and will be for another 30 years or so.

    At the time of the Montreal protocol the policy makers were aware of climate change. The problem is much bigger and demands even more cooperation to address. Like the hole in the ozone layer the solutions have already been worked out. It is time for governments and industries to adopt and implement. It would be very helpful if the major energy companies show some leadership like DuPont did in the late 80’s. When the problem is finally adequately addressed like as with the hole in the ozone layer it will still be with us for a while. How long depends on when we act and how seriously we do so. We are all in this boat and we will float or sink together.

    Here is an interesting video from Vox that more closely addresses the topic of the article: https://youtu.be/DkZ7BJQupVA .

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  • I applaud the concern but aren't they concerned that speaking to their patients about climate change could be counterproductive?

    People with anxiety issues being told to be afraid?

    Great sounding manifesto but if people don't want to believe the scientists who are experts in environmental issues why

    I applaud the concern but aren't they concerned that speaking to their patients about climate change could be counterproductive?

    People with anxiety issues being told to be afraid?

    Great sounding manifesto but if people don't want to believe the scientists who are experts in environmental issues why would they believe psychologists who may not understand the science?