Chuck Tremper, Ph.D
As the Oceans Rise: Meeting the Challenges of Global Warming
Wednesday- August 6, 2008
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.
While awareness of global warming is nearly universal, the response has been tepid. Unsurprisingly, powerful interest groups have done their best to thwart global warming countermeasures that threaten their profits and pleasures. More puzzlingly, though, many environmental groups have been slow in responding, and almost all of us are doing less than we believe to be necessary to avert climate catastrophe. A recent examination of the reasons for these phenomena forms the basis for the recently published book, As the Ocean Rise: Meeting the Challenges of Global Warming. Based on nearly 100 interviews, the book describes how institutional inertia and deeply ingrained practices and mindsets are retarding efforts to shift from traditional pollution abatement and environmental restoration efforts to full-bore carbon reduction and climate change adaptation strategies. The book also explores psychological impediments to change and offers suggestions for overcoming those barriers. The book's suggestions can be translated into practical guidance for each of us to change our own habits, increase the effectiveness of programs we support, and accelerate adoption of policies we favor.