Publication: Assistant Professor Xavier Landes on the 10 reasons why we tend not to take climate change as seriously as it would require
SSE Riga Assistant Professor Xavier Landes has published a tribune in Satori (Latvian) and Slate (French) on the 10 reasons why we tend not to take climate change as seriously as it would require. Among the reasons, Xavier Landes mentioned denial, feeling that climate change is not the main (or one of the main issues), misconception that climate change will be slow and gradual, and so forth.
SSE Riga Assistant Professor Xavier Landes: "In Latvia, France and elsewhere, it is fascinating to observe how climate change and its consequences suffer of a lack of attention from the media and the public. Of course, there are topics run in the press or on TV. But the concern is transient, especially when we compare with other subjects such as Trump presidency, Russia, etc. There are many reasons for that lack of visibility and I recap these reasons in these two pieces. Some are due to our psychology (e.g. our over-optimism or skepticism), others are due to the nature of climate change and science (the problem is complex, probabilistic and its effects are not immediately visible). Moreover, I think that if we want to prepare to this challenge that is the main challenge Humanity is facing (and for centuries or millennia), we need as soon as possible to understand these reasons. Only then, we (citizens, NGOs, universities, governments, international) will be able to properly and efficiently act."
These articles express SSE Riga increased commitment on dealing with issues of climate change and sustainability, in terms of education, research and participation to public debates.