How brain biases prevent climate action

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"We lack the collective will to address climate change because of the way our brains have evolved over the last two million years. 

"Humans are very bad at understanding statistical trends and long-term changes,” says political psychologist Conor Seyle, director of research at One Earth Future Foundation, a programme incubator that focuses on fostering peace long-term.

“We have evolved to pay attention to immediate threats. We overestimate threats that are less likely but easier to remember, like terrorism, and underestimate more complex threats, like climate change.”"

Read more about the cognitive biases that help to explain why we don't seem to care about the environmental change enough, and also about the ways in which people can be made aware of it and therefore inspired to take action as individuals.

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