Psychology Colloquium: “Using intergenerational approaches to address climate change”
Our society is facing many challenges that if left unaddressed, will only grow in scale, harming the well-being of many people. Fundamental to most pressing societal challenges is the assumption that future people will reap what present generations sow. Our inaction will only worsen their lives, and our action can ensure a safe and flourishing world is passed on to them. In this talk, I will discuss a program of research which examines intergenerational approaches and narratives for addressing a major extinction threat, climate change. I will discuss how my work on personal legacies, responsibility to protect future generations, and longtermism beliefs can help promote pro-climate action and concern, sustainable behaviors, support for climate policies, and support for climate justice.