The dragons of inaction: psychological barriers that limit climate change mitigation and adaptation.

  title={The dragons of inaction: psychological barriers that limit climate change mitigation and adaptation.},
  author={Robert Gifford},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={66 4},
  • R. Gifford
  • Published 1 May 2011
  • Psychology
  • The American psychologist
Most people think climate change and sustainability are important problems, but too few global citizens engaged in high-greenhouse-gas-emitting behavior are engaged in enough mitigating behavior to stem the increasing flow of greenhouse gases and other environmental problems. Why is that? Structural barriers such as a climate-averse infrastructure are part of the answer, but psychological barriers also impede behavioral choices that would facilitate mitigation, adaptation, and environmental… 

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