Credits: director Nic Balthazar, music by Hooverphonic, actors: Herr Seele, Michaël Pas, Ann Miller, Benthe De Graeve.
George Monbiot argues that climate action needs a new psychology:
"The transition towns network and proposals for a green new deal tell a story which people are more willing to hear...[in the book] Carbon Detox, George Marshall argues that people are not persuaded by information. Our views are formed by the views of the people with whom we mix. Of the narratives that might penetrate these circles, we are more likely to listen to those which offer us some reward....The Big Ask is an example of this new psychology. But Monbiot also argues that government lying with statistics has undermined the UK climate bill.
"A story which tells us that the world is cooking and that we’ll have to make sacrifices for the sake of future generations is less likely to be accepted than the more rewarding idea [from the denial industry - see Montbiot's Heat ch.2] that climate change is a conspiracy hatched by scheming governments and venal scientists, and that strong, independent-minded people should unite to defend their freedoms.
"He proposes that instead of arguing for sacrifice, environmentalists should show where the rewards might lie: that understanding what the science is saying and planning accordingly is the smart thing to do, which will protect your interests more effectively than flinging abuse at scientists. We should emphasise the old-fashioned virtues of uniting in the face of a crisis, of resourcefulness and community action."