Paul van Lange and Brock Bastian in Scientific American

VU researcher Paul van Lange, together with Brock Bastian from the University of Melbourne, wrote an article in Scientific American about how to address climate change by making it less abstract for the general public.

04/25/2019 | 2:40 PM

They argue that a potentially effective psychological strategy could be based on concrete but otherwise perhaps trivial consequences and may serve as a strong reminder of what is to come. They refer to a recent study in which harm to nature was framed in a game-like situation in terms of the killing of crickets. The message from this research is that sometimes if people have access to some concrete consequences – for example, if the cutting of rain forest implies the crushing of animals, even insects – people may become less focused on their own immediate economic gain. See the article and full paper.