Psychologists meeting in Melbourne this week reckon that politicians should seek their advice when designing policy on climate change. They say they have insight into how people think which would make policy more appropriate and ultimately more successful.
Professor Robert Gifford explains one barrier in attitudes at the moment: “We ask ourselves, ‘If people like me don’t ride bicycles or recycle, why should I?’”
This quote got me thinking. In fact, I’d say it captures why cultivatingFaith has a personal blog element. I am telling my own stories about lifestyle decisions to encourage and inspire others to action, and encourage others to tell their story as well (because it isn’t all about me).
I am not saying that the lifestyle choices I make are for everyone or are the answer to climate change. I am writing this blog so you can say, “GreenFish rides a bicycle and recycles, so I can too.”
I want this blog to take on a life of its own. My vision for it is that my own stories are drowned out in the plethora of stories that others share. That is an invitation to you to contribute.
(Article by Elizabeth Gallagher, “Gillard ‘needs a shrink’ for a greener Australia,” The Sunday Age, July 11 2010).