The Effects Of Climate Change On The Environment

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• Many people are taking action in response to the risks of climate change, but many others are unaware of the problem, unsure of the facts or what to do, do not trust experts or believe their conclusions, think the problem is elsewhere, are fixed in their ways, believe that others should act, or believe that their actions will make no difference or are unimportant compared to those of others.

• An individual level of analysis is relevant for understanding the impacts of climate change and the ways individuals adapt to climate change because impacts and coping responses include psychological responses (e.g., anxiety), psychological processes (e.g.,denial , emotion regulation), and individual and interpersonal behavioral processes (e.g., social support seeking, civic engagement).

• Further, efforts to encourage mitigation and structural changes for adaption to climate change will need to attend to the decision makers and members of the general public and social groups. The effectiveness of various policies (e.g., cap and trade) requires the involvement and support of people.

• The ability to attend to both individual level analyses and contexts is necessary to fully address human behavior in multiple contexts. Further, a defining feature of environmental psychology has been attention to the relationships individuals have with their environments. Although people seem able to articulate their opinions, beliefs, and preferences accurately, they are notoriously poor at
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