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Most of us recognize that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it. What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? George Marshall's search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world's leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. What he discovered is that our values, assumptions, and prejudices can take on lives of their own, gaining authority as they are shared, dividing people in their wake.

With engaging stories and drawing on years of his own research, Marshall argues that the answers do not lie in the things that make us different and drive us apart, but rather in what we all share: how our human brains are wired - our evolutionary origins, our perceptions of threats, our cognitive blind spots, our love of storytelling, our fear of death, and our deepest instincts to defend our family and tribe. Once we understand what excites, threatens, and motivates us, we can rethink and reimagine climate change, for it is not an impossible problem. Rather, it is one we can halt if we can make it our common purpose and common ground. Silence and inaction are the most persuasive of narratives, so we need to change the story. In the end, Don't Even Think About It is both about climate change and about the qualities that make us human and how we can grow as we deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced.

©2014 George Marshall (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Approach a climate convo

I loved it. it gave me an inspired way to approach the climate conversation.

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An extremely interesting book about the thought processes behind environmental and social action. Would highly recommend.

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Exceptionally written and researched.

Overwhelming the ways we can refute climate change. But written with humour and ultimately providing ways to navigate the rocky human psyche.

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  • Mel
  • 01-12-2016

A must read.

In years to come, this book might explain to our children and grandchildren why we did or did not act on the threat of climate change.

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  • Eric L, Montreal
  • 08-04-2015

Extremely creative and thought-provoking

This is not your typical book about climate change. It is about how our psychological, cognitive and social nature as human beings deals and can deal with a phenomenon such as climate change. A very useful complement to Naomi Klein's This changes everything. The narration is intelligent and engaging.

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  • Dana Pearson
  • 23-04-2015

Amazing insights into communication and survival

Marshall does a stellar job of illustrating the difficulty of effectively communicating the criticality of global warming. He gets into all the inappropriate and ineffective framings, policies, and contrary forces at work to deride and derail effective action.

The psychologies of denial and avoidance are thoroughly discussed as well as the difficulty in addressing this mega complex problem. I found myself constantly challenged and scratching my head but by the end realized why we've failed to date and the importance of framing the issues farm better if we're to survive.

This is a great book. I spend my life communicating about these issues and more better understand that framing is everything and we've been out gunned by the dirty energy companies at every turn... But this can... NO! This Needs to be corrected immediately if we're to jabbering a livable place to live going forward.

Anyone active or interested in climate, the future, how to create a better world should listen/read this book... Ultimately we want to bring people together in a tsunami of change... This will help get us there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2019

Enlightening, Disturbing, and Necessary

As someone who reads and writes about climate change, I really found this to be the most useful material I've seen or heard on our human reactions to the ongoing climate change. This book is about the conversation about climate change among activists, interested people, people who are resisting the topic, and the hard core of deniers, including politicians and "experts" that are highly compensated by the energy companies. Marshall talked to all these people and came up with sensible ideas for broadening the discussion of climate pollution and moving people to take action NOW. This is not a dry exposition on the topic--Marshall writes with humor and wisdom about his experiences while he wrote the book.The only discussion of the possible future we face is at the end of the book and it is very disturbing.

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  • Ross
  • 20-03-2017

Long overdue

I've been following this area of thinking for a while and not till now have I come across such an insightful perspective that looks at this issue from angles and gets at the nub of it. Well done and I hope those in policy get exposed to it.

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  • David
  • 27-02-2017

Book makes a difference!

Since 1994, I have experienced "Why the heck are we not jumping up and down with our pants on fire about climate change at this exact moment of now." This book explains why in that as biological human animals, we are hard wired to eat now, be comfortable now, and only worry about catastrophe that may or may not happen in 10 years. With this new awareness that I am an animal, I am reducing my carbon footprint at a faster rate. This was only one facet of greatness of the book. Totally great book.

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  • Diane Dulmage
  • 02-03-2019

Our Brains on Climate ...and communication

helpful to hear research on our psychological & socialogical issues around the challenging concept. useful recommendations for communicating better

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  • Becca Swift
  • 20-11-2020

very comprehensive

I enjoyed this book and found it very informative. great tool for understanding the current difficulties we face in creating a global collaboration for addressing climate change.

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  • 16-08-2019

Sobering and constructive

The author provides an in-depth and comprehensive discussion of the multiple perspectives and approaches to the issue of climate change. While depressing, the book ends providing some direction and hope in what will be and it is our greatest challenge.

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  • Roger Hofer
  • 10-07-2019

This is one of the best climate change books

I've listened to probably a hundred different climate change books, but this one was one of the most enlightening. It helped me understand better what is going on, and the author does all this in a light-hearted way that is funny at times. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Gina
  • 07-06-2019

Easy without oversimplifying, a real eye-opener

This book provides insight into both sides of the climate debate, especially why so many deny that climate change exists, which has always baffled me. I recommend this book to anyone, no matter where you stand on the subject, because you will learn about not only the people around you, but yourself, too, and why we act the way we do. It is also excellently narrated and easy to follow with short chapters, the perfect book to listen to whilst commuting to work (or, now that summer is approaching, relaxing on the beach?).

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  • slipperychimp
  • 31-07-2019

Climate change is just the frame - in a good way

Broadly speaking, this is a book about communication; phycology; values; bias; trust, and culture. It applies current research to all these areas (and more) to explain the why's and how's behind our situation in facing an 'us and them' battle (between 'believers' and 'deniers'). The author then goes further to discuss how environmentalists might change that situation, by giving examples linked to politics and religion. There is thorough exploration of the things we should stop doing, (by giving examples of failed campaigns) and the direction communicators, and scientists, should be going.

It's a very well written book and had me laughing in parts, I think the British audience may appreciate that side a little more since the author is from the UK. The author clearly knows what's he's talking about and evidently has a lot of experience from environmental campaigning. I would suggest he's deliberately written the work to be accessible / appreciated by anyone, wherever they sit on the climate debate. I'm glad the author hasn't followed the current trend in self narrating, as the narration by John Lee is excellent; engaging, well paced, energetic in parts and the one liners are delivered perfectly, which all makes for an easy listen (I finished this one in just a couple days).

As some who will freely admit to being in the 'we're doomed!' camp, this book not only made me appreciate more where others are coming from, and how to communicate with them better, it also gave me quite a few areas for self reflection and re-evaluation of my own position. So whichever angle you're approaching this work from, internal, external, staunch denier or full on 'doomer' - I think you'll take something worthwhile from this one, in short, recommended!

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  • Charli
  • 13-02-2020

Yep

I think anyone who has recognised the gradual decline in the natural world's health, who is concerned about the speed of which it's health is deteriorating and the potential impacts of this decline on all life on earth, should listen to this book...

Helpful to understand how best to get global cooperation underway.

Good luck to us all ✌🏾

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-2019

Indispensable

If you want to get more people to care and to take significant action on Climate Change this book is absolutely indispensable for you.

While reading the book on its own is very enjoyable and interesting, if you really want to get the most out of this book I recommend taking notes of all the useful information, particularly towards the end when solutions are proposed. This might be easier to do with the text version than the audio version.

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  • Lord Peridot
  • 06-01-2018

Psychological study of Climate Denial

Interesting, well researched book with some good ideas in it. But its tedious at times, perhaps repetitive. The author is a bit apologetic and pessimistic. He seems to ignore the basic issue that the public have been hoodwinked by the fossil fuel lobby into thinking that climate change is not the critical, urgent issue that it is. And to overlook the basic fact that it is political leadership that is really needed here. Well written and read and if you can stay the distance there are some useful ideas here.

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  • Gerard
  • 22-05-2015

Fresh approach to the climate thing

If you could sum up Don't Even Think About It in three words, what would they be?

Useful challenge to the way I previously thought about how to approach the climate change discussion.

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  • Lauren satchwell
  • 14-08-2021

A very important book for our time.

I’m very passionate about changing our current climate trajectory, and this book was an important reminder of how and why many people still do not think it is important. To make real change we have to start talking about climate change differently to those who oppose it. Thank you George Marshall.

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  • SteveN
  • 23-07-2021

Exceptionally Good

I could rave on about this book for a long time, certainly long enough to put you off listening to it.

Ironically then, it is 'the message' of climate change that this book focuses on. That is why this book is a MUST read, whether you believe or disbelieve in climate change George Marshalls book reveals that your belief stems from the way in which you are told or frame the issue rather than the issue itself.

Great narration and content!

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  • IWantSunshine
  • 10-06-2021

Good book, but not the best as an audiobook

Very good book, but some of the explanations are hard to follow/imagine. Also, I listened to it as an audiobook, which is not the best format for this book, given the sheer amount of formulas and equations that are a lot harder to follow read out loud than seen written on paper.

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  • l.marshall
  • 25-05-2021

great book, wrong narrator

I was so distracted by the over the top style of narration that I couldn't listen to this properly. You don't need a grand, classical actor to narrate non-fiction, especially if they're going to read it as if it's a drama.
Pity, as I think it's a very important and informative book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-2019

Fascinating look at a diverse range of aspects

Very Interesting take on climate change issues that I had not thought about before. Makes me question how I think about it and communicate with others.

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