Despite a growing body of evidence that climate change is wreaking havoc on our environment and psyches, many people still resist making small lifestyle changes that may help mitigate disaster. The logic of climate science has not shaken enough people from their apparent complacency; neither has fear. So what will? Washington State–based thanatologist Kriss Kevorkian—a specialist in death, dying and bereavement—suggests that real motivation depends on people acknowledging their “environmental grief,” a term she coined after studying the decline of killer whale populations.
By Jordan Rosenfeld on July 21, 2016