Imagining a Future Beyond Climate Change

One significant observation he made from his work was that resistance to acceptance of Climate Change not only comes from financial/business prejudice, ideology or genuine scepticism, but importantly from the threat to people's dreams and their inability to imagine their future in a changed world. For example, someone's dream may be buying a home, their own business, career, a family - whatever. But the probable consequence of severe climate change (if no or little action is taken) would shatter that. From his observations, Friederici considers that many people feel it's very much less disturbing and just easier to put the whole issue out of your mind and indulge in information avoidance.
Many people are not deep thinkers and usually adopt the ideas and attitudes of their 'group'. This also is often compounded by their thinking that this is an issue for the government to fix. The implications of Climate Change are so profound that for many people their thinking freezes. They can't imagine life after Climate Change and if they try (without any knowledge) this creates immeasurable stress and angst. This is where we could fill a need, enabling them to articulate their own dream.
Amongst the members of Sustainable Living Tasmania there is a wide range of expertise in different fields and we could develop a series of workshops and seminars (online, at present) oriented to imagining their future - whether the outcomes of Climate Change are positive of negative. Maybe this could be one future direction for Sustainable Living Tasmania.

Further Reading

Imagining a climate-change future, without the dystopia

National Academy of Sciences


Surviving & Thriving in the 21st Century

Commission for the Human Future (the Commission grew out of initiatives by The Australian National University and Australia21)

A vital new report on the human future from the Commission's Round Table held in March 2020


Fatal Calculations - 'How Economics Has Underestimated Climate Damage and Encouraged Inaction'

David Spratt (Australian National University)

Alia Armistead (currently studying Environments & Society at RMIT University)

Ian Dunlop (formerly an international oil, gas and coal industry executive)