Psychology and Climate Change: Human Perceptions, Impacts, and Responses organizes and summarizes recent work in the field of psychology on the issue of climate change. The book covers topics ranging from how people perceive and respond to climate change, how people understand and communicate about the issue, how it impacts individuals and communities, particularly vulnerable communities, and how individuals and communities can best prepare for, and mitigate, negative climate change impacts. Further, it examines the role of emotion, messenger-audience fit, bi-directional communication, and issue relevance in shaping engagement and receptivity in the effectiveness of climate change communication efforts.
The book lays out the clear relevance of psychological phenomena to perceptions (e.g., risk perception, motivated cognition, denial), impacts (threats to mental health, social well-being, and sense of place), and behavior (mitigation and adaptation), thus striving to engage diverse stakeholders, both within, and between, nations, to develop and implement effective mitigation and adaptation policies on the urgent and very real issue of climate change.
- Addresses psychological adaptation processes related to climate change
- Draws upon identity threat, identity-based motivation, and belonging
- Discusses the difference between acute climate change events and slowly-emerging changes on our mental health
- Explores the effectiveness of climate change communication efforts
- Examines psychological stress and injury related to global climate change
- Considers how perceptions of climate change vary across nations
- Presents a conceptual framework for classifying individual and household behavior
- Promotes individual and community resilience
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Introduction: Psychology and climate change
Susan Clayton and Christie Manning
Part I: Perceptions and Communication
Perceptions of climate change
Lorraine Whitmarsh and Stuart Capstick
Climate change communication: Challenges, insights, and opportunities
Ezra M. Markowitz and Meaghan L. Guckian
Social construction of scientifically grounded climate change discussions
Janet K. Swim, Nathaniel Geiger, Julie Sweetland and John Fraser
A diversity science approach to climate change
Adam R. Pearson and Jonathon P. Schuldt
Part II: Responding to Climate Change
Understanding responses to climate change: Psychological barriers to mitigation and a new theory of behavioral choice
Robert Gifford, Karine Lacroix and Angel Chen
Contributions of psychology to limiting climate change: Opportunities through consumer behavior
Kimberly S. Wolske and Paul C. Stern
Environmental protection through societal change: What psychology knows about collective climate action-and what it needs to find out
Sebastian Bamberg, Jonas Rees and Maxie Schulte
Part III: Wellbeing and Resilience
Threats to mental health and wellbeing associated with climate change
Christie Manning and Susan Clayton
Individual impacts and resilience
Thomas J. Doherty
Psychological perspectives on community resilience and climate change: Insights, examples, and directions for future research
Daniel A. Chapman, Carlie D. Trott, Linda Silka, Brian Lickel and Susan Clayton
Susan Clayton is the Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster. She is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Environmental and Conservation Psychology (2012) and the co-author of Conservation Psychology: Understanding and Promoting Human Care for Nature (20015), as well as co-authoring or co-editing three other books. She was a co-author of the 2010 APA Task Force on Psychology and Global Climate Change. She is the former president of the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology and of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social issues. She has given numerous psychology and climate change.
Christie Manning is a faculty member of the Department of Environmental Studies at Macalester College. She is co-author of the textbook Psychology for Sustainability, Fourth Edition (Routledge 2016). Her interdisciplinary research explores the effectiveness of community-based initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts. She has given many presentations on the role of psychology in facilitating climate adaption efforts.