The Obstacles We Need To Overcome
Changing The Way We Think
It is now apparent that the climate crisis is posing an unprecedented threat not only to the future livability of the planet but also to our assumptions about the ability of democracy and capitalism to recognize this threat for what it is and respond with appropriate boldness, scope, and urgency. Global warming has been described as the greatest market failure in history. It is also—so far—the biggest failure of democratic governance in history.
In searching for the underlying reasons behind these twin historic failures, psychologists and neuroscientists have begun to argue that the climate crisis poses a unique and unprecedented challenge to our ability to use the rule of reason as a basis for urgent response.