Climate and psyche

Tapestry

When it comes to climate change, New York magazine deputy editor David Wallace-Wells, says we are far into panic territory. He tells Tapesty's Mary Hynes why he believes that, despite what should be dread-inducing data, so many of us continue to live in "complacency and denial." People who adhere to scientific data despair when they hear opinions from the climate-sceptic movement. But sociologist Kari Norgaard says climate sceptics are a negligible problem in the face of a much more common form of denial ? what scientists call "implicatory denial." Implicatory denial is when we know about a problem, but divert our attention elsewhere ? the proverbial elephant in the room. Kari Norgaard deconstructs this type of denial of which so many of us are guilty. Crystal Lameman of Beaver Lake Cree First Nation says while many Canadians are just waking up to the frightening realities of climate change her people have been acutely aware of its consequences for decades. She explores what climate change -- and Alberta's oil sands development-- has done to her traditional territory and culture and how her community is fighting back.

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