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Geogr. Helv., 77, 421–431, 2022

Special issue: Emotionale Gesellschaft-Natur-Verhältnisse: Die Bedeutung...

Geogr. Helv., 77, 421–431, 2022
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05 Oct 2022
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Between climates of fear and blind optimism: the affective role of emotions for climate (in)action

Lena Maria Schlegel

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Emotions play an underestimated role for how humans make meaning about their place in the world and respond to problems. What is most puzzling about climate inaction is that it occurs in spite of the overwhelming knowledge about the problem at stake. By looking at how emotions connect knowledge and action in how humans respond to environmental problems, we can better understand how climate inaction can persist and how transformative change might be enabled.