0. What is the KEY QUESTIONS FORUM Category?

This Category will be continually revised in terms of how the Key Questions are worded, the answers offered, and their Priority in the listing.  For more explanation, click on ‘Read the rest of this entry’ here >This Category is different because all of it is constantly under revision.   We need to define the Key Questions in such a way that they reflect changes in public perception and new ideas about how to break through the huge amount of resistance from the public.   Please engage in this by sending your suggestions using the Contact Form.  It is not surprising that most people refuse to accept that their lifestyles and expectations must change and that they must give up a great deal of their habits which because they are carbon emitting.   Even those who agree with this in principle and are willing and eager to make small sacrifices (the plastic bag syndrome) baulk at making serious changes.   We are all subject to powerful psychological processes such as denial whereby we easy persuade ourselves that we are admirable in our ideals and behaviour, when in fact we procrastinate, apply double-standards, invent clever excuses and above all evade think about climate change and its consequences.

Therefore we face the greatest challenge in human history - breaking through these psychological barriers so that we all face reality - and start acting decisively by stopping carbon emissions.   It will need all our intelligence to understand how this might be achieved, and all our skill in social relations to influence people, and all our ingenuity and creativity to find ways of communicating this.   But humanity has those abilities, if they can be mobilized.

So please engage with the Key Questions Category by using the Contact form to e-mail your ideas to the editor.

p.s.  The aim here is to ask questions that match the mood of people today and to give them very short answer but also point the way to the much more sophisticated answers which make the short answer convincing.

‘Not a moment to lose - so let’s get on with it.’