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hearthcover-120Climate, Mind and Behavior Program Update, July 2014

  • National Belonging as a Motivating Value for Climate Change Engagement
  • The Power of Art to Shift Perception
  • Well-being and Climate Change

 

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value quest-120Climate, Mind and Behavior Program Update, June 2014

  • Culture, Creativity and Values in the UN’s Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Cooperative Economy, The Sharing Economy
  • Revisiting a Classic: Thinking in Systems by Donella (Dana) Meadows

 

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vatican-120Climate, Mind and Behavior Program Update, May 2014

  • At the Vatican — "Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility"Climate Change Impacts in the United States, the Ogalala Lakota Plan

  • "Resilience," Just a Buzzword?
  • Beyond “The Mindful Revolution” Meme
  • Summer Guides
  • Mindful Leadership Summit
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In this Issue:  ClimateAccess:  A Wealth of Climate Communication Tools | Three Myths of Behavior Change | Christian Ethics and the Importance of Worldview

This month we offer links to three resources, as is our practice. The first two are quite practical: tips from ClimateAccess on communicating about energy and decoding the new IPCC report, and a great TEDx talk by sociologist Jeni Cross on common sense suggestions for using social norms to affect behavior. By the way, as you listen to Cross, note her point about how “you don’t have to change attitudes to change behaviors.” In fact, as we’ve discussed at CMB symposia, research shows that if you change behaviors, say by using social norms, attitudes and beliefs often follow.

The third resource is a paper by James Mastelar in the New Theology Review on Christian worldviews and ethics regarding climate change action. As we’ve also discussed at CMB symposia, religious views can be powerful drivers of action for people of all faiths. From the Buddhist perspective, for instance, each of us is deeply interconnected with all beings, with the result that harm to others -- humans, animals, plants, -- harms us as much or more. In other words, caring for our planet is caring for ourselves and our families.

Here is a question for you: do you agree with the comments in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) that governments have another 15 years to engage in serious climate mitigation actions? AR5 suggests this is “good news.” Is there another 15 years for action and is that “good news,” or is it an excuse to defer and deflect? Let us know your thoughts.

Amid all there is to trouble us, please enjoy the onset of spring (at least for those of us in the upper parts of the Northern Hemisphere). There is great joy in the return of leaves to the trees, the flowering of the daffodils, the chance to turn the soil in the garden and the return of our migrating birds -- precious gifts of our lovely, small planet.

Thanks, as always for being part of our CMB family and for all the great work you are doing.

John K. McIlwain
Director, Climate, Mind, and Behavior

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Climate, Mind and Behavior Leadership Council:

Dina Biscotti, UC Davis
Uwe Brandes, Urban Land Institute
Marilyn Cornelius, Stanford University
Jeff Domanski, Princeton University
Becky Ford, University of Otago, New Zealand
Ruth Greenspan-Bell, Woodrow Wilson Intl Center for Scholars
Lauren Kubiak, Natural Resources Defense Council
Skip Laitner, ACEEE
Nils Moe, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Phil Payne, Gingko Residential
Roger Platt, USGBC
Jonathan Rose, Garrison Institute Board Member
Kurt Roth, Fraunhofer Institute
Jonathan Rowson, RSA
Rachael Shwom, Rutgers University
Jennifer Tabanico, Action Research
Jason Twill, Lend Lease (Australia)

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