“Don’t Even Think About It” – Questions

Our next meeting is this Thursday (2nd March) to discuss “Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change” by George Marshall. In order to whet your appetite, or in case you can’t make it to the meeting, these are a few of the questions we will discuss:

  1. What do climate change skeptics and climate change campaigners have in common?
  2. Daniel Kahneman (respected psychologist and the author of our last book) said that he is “thoroughly pessimistic about climate change” – discuss
  3. Have you ever struck up a conversation with a stranger about climate change? What was the result?
  4. Do you think that labelling Carbon Dioxide as a pollutant is helpful in aiding people’s understanding of the impact of the gas?
  5. Have you watched Leonadaro DiCaprio’s films ‘The 11th Hour’ or ‘Before the Flood’? Do you think that apocalyptic imagery is helpful in getting the message of climate change across to the average person?
  6. Do you think that Marshall is right to dismiss the optimism of groups like ‘Sustainia‘ so readily?
  7. International agreements on climate change would be more effective if they focused on the extraction of fossil fuels rather than GHG emissions (the subject of ‘The Burning Question’ by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark) – discuss
  8. Were you surprised that Marshall reports that people with children are on average less concerned about climate change than people without children?
  9. Have you ever read a book about climate change on an aeroplane?! – Why is there such a large gap between what we know about the subject and what we do?
  10. Do you agree that the climate change movement could learn useful lessons on communication and conviction from religious groups?

Next Meeting ‘The Burning Question’ on 27th March 2014

Our next Green-Thinkers bookclub will be on 27th March 2014 to discuss The Burning Question’ by Mike Berners-Lee & Duncan Clark.

The Burning Question is whether or not it will be possible for the world abandon around four fifths of proven coal, oil, and gas reserves? The book argues that this will be necessary in order to limit warming to 2 degrees, unless there is massive development of carbon capture and storage. We will have the answer to this question soon – at the crucial climate conference in Paris in 2015 when an agreement may, or may not be reached, to supersede Kyoto.

What would be the economic, social, and financial implications of leaving proven fossil fuels in the ground? Is the combustion of these fossil fuels already locked-in to the development plans and infrastructure of countries with massive reserves (such as the US, Russia, China, Australia, and Venezuela)? What will happen to the climate if emissions continue to rise at present rates? What action is required during 2014 to put pressure on governments to commit to targets? What will be the implications for you and your organisation over the next 20 years? or are we worrying about this for nothing – if global warming is actually doing more good than harm – as claimed by climate sceptics such as Matt Ridley? We will debate all these questions, and more…

When: 27th March from 6.30pm

Where: The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, Upstairs function room, NE1 1RQ

Cost: £5 includes chips and sandwiches and room hire, pay on the door (£3 concessions)

Book: Send a quick reply to this email to book (Email marek@green-thinkers.org)

Suggestions wanted for books to discuss at Green-Thinkers bookclub?

We are looking for contemporary sustainability books covering a range of topics that would appeal to non-specialists. Topics may include peak food, the fracking  debate, population growth, climate change, green cities, sustainable design, and sustainable capitalism. All suggestions welcome.