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George Marshall - Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change
George Marshall is a communicator, campaigner and author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change (2014) about the psychology of climate change, and described by the climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, as “illuminating and important”. George Marshall co-founded Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) in 2004 and is currently Director of Projects.
Beyond Zero's Niels and Michael caught up with George while he was in Australia for a series of events for the Sustainable Living Festival hosted by Psychology for a Safe Climate.
Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know? “We need to start recognising that we need each other, that we all face a common threat to the things we all hold dear, and that debate is welcome and necessary”
George has 25 years experience working across the environmental spectrum – from community level protest groups to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation to consultancy work for governments and businesses. He is an expert advisor to the Welsh Government on public communications. George writes widely on climate change issues including articles for The New Statesman, The Guardian, New Scientist and The Ecologist and is the creator of the blogsite www.climatedenial.org which examines our psychological responses to climate change. He rebuilt his own home in Oxford to reduce energy and water consumption by two thirds.