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Ecological awareness is on the rise, but environmental depredation continues at alarming rates. While we cognitively understand that behavior has to change in order to save the planet, that knowledge isn’t enough to trigger change. We hear facts about “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” but we still buy bottled water and throw away plastic bags. The disconnect is rooted in understanding the human brain – and the way our brains actually process danger.
On the one hand, the long-term, slow threats that are destroying the planet don’t activate the human threat-response system. On the other, ringing alarm bells push us into short-term, survival-oriented, self-protective reactions. Could the neuroscience of change and the role of emotion, be the missing links to reducing carbon pollution? Can feelings bring people into action?
Join Climate One for a conversation with the person who popularized emotional intelligence, a linguist who has explored the human mind and our political system, and an author using EQ to pursue positive change in companies and society.
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