Title

The Emergency of Climate Change: Why Are We Failing to Take Action?

Abstract

Latane and Darley developed a five-stage model to understand why people do and do not help other people in emergency situations. We extend their five-stage model to explore why people do and do not take action against climate change. We identify the factors that make climate change difficult to notice and ambiguous as an emergency; we explore barriers to taking responsibility for action; and we discuss the issues of efficacy and costs versus benefits that make action unlikely. The resulting analysis is useful on two levels. For educators and policy makers, the model suggests the most efficacious approaches to galvanizing action among U.S. citizens. For social scientists, the model provides a valuable framework for integrating research from diverse areas of psychology and suggests fruitful avenues for future empirical research.

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Publication Title

Analysis Of Social Issues And Public Policy

Department

Psychology

Additional Department

Environmental Studies

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1111/j.1530-2415.2009.01180.x

Notes

Record for C. Frantz. Additional record for S. Mayer: https://digitalcommons.oberlin.edu/faculty_schol/3675/

Language

English

Format

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