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Facing Climate Change

Jeffrey T. Kiehl

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9780231177184
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780231541169 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7312/columbia/9780231177184.001.0001
Facing Climate Change

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Facing Climate Change explains why people refuse to accept evidence of a warming planet and shows how to move past partisanship to reach a consensus for action. A climate scientist and licensed Jungian analyst, Jeffrey T. Kiehl examines the psychological phenomena that twist our relationship to the natural world and their role in shaping the cultural beliefs that distance us further from nature. He also accounts for the emotions triggered by the lived experience of climate change and the feelings of fear and loss they inspire, which lead us to deny the reality of our warming planet. But it is not too late. By evaluating our way of being, Kiehl unleashes a potential human emotional understanding that can reform our behavior and help protect the Earth. Kiehl dives deep into the human brain’s psychological structures and human spirituality’s imaginative power, mining promising resources for creating a healthier connection to the environment—and one another. Facing Climate Change is as concerned with repairing our social and political fractures as it is with reestablishing our ties to the world, teaching us to push past partisanship and unite around the shared attributes that are key to our survival. Kiehl encourages policy makers and activists to appeal to our interdependence as a global society, extracting politics from the process and making decisions about our climate future that are substantial and sustaining.

Keywords: climate change; paleoclimate; Jungian psychology; Anxiety; fear

Book.  320 pages. 

Subjects: Climate Change

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Learning to Embrace Change in Facing Climate Change

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How Images Facilitate Transformation in Facing Climate Change

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Exploring Our Being in the World in Facing Climate Change

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Beauty’s Way in the World in Facing Climate Change

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How Our Many Worlds Are Entwined in Facing Climate Change

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