Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Climate Change: Why do we ignore the Science?

 Last year I signed up for an environmental psychology class with Professor Jeffrey Kiehl at Pacifica Graduate InstituteWe looked at WHY the science is so easy to ignore. Professor Khiel has a book called Facing Climate Change where you'll find more info, but in a nutshell:

The last few centuries of progress have been shaped by the idea that Nature is separate from us, inferior to us (as we’ve moved away from seeing Spirit in Nature), and that it can be tamed and exploited. The Age of Reason led to humans being seen as superior, because the intellect was seen as superior. We’ve also developed big egos 😅 Apparently, climate denial is more common amongst educated groups. It’s like the confidence in our ability to think for ourselves outweighs scientific research. There is also a breakdown of trust in the collective, which augments this. 

To solve climate change, we need more empathy and less intellect (weird, huh?)

The scientific community identified fossil fuels as a problem almost 140 years ago! But their warnings fall on deaf ears. Data doesn’t lead to action because the parts of the brain that are involved in decision making and resolution are emotional, not rational. Decisions involve the Limbic System - in one case, a person’s amydgala is activated (a fearful trauma response) which happens if they are scared of losing security or being threatened. Others are aligned with action, empathy and problem solving; the "anterior cingulate cortex" is activated in this group's brain. 

Those who fall into the 2nd neurological response tend to be community-focused rather than individualistic, which makes the prospect of solving a crisis less daunting. They are more likely to act on climate change, and to feel connected to others / nature. 

Denial + inaction are linked to the fear response. I’m sharing this because I watched Don’t Look Up. Loved the movie, but we need to shift our awareness efforts away from facts, and towards empathy & community building. Professor Khiel also points to storytelling and archetypes as a vital tool in climate action. It's what makes us connect with and care about the planet again. 

And remember, we can do it together 🌴🌴🌴

Reiki hugs, Regina

> Also from class: Do Spiritual Beliefs Influence our Mental Health


Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angel intuition and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as a healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Her passion is bringing the qualities of self-love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuitsRead her books to heal yourself.  


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