Ecological Crisis and Climate Inaction: Tragedy of Cognition

In continuation of the earlier conversation about the roots of unsustainability, our next group consultation will focus on systemic biases, nonrational judgements, policy blind spots, and public misperceptions of climate crisis. The cognitive demands of dealing with fast moving and complex events may short-circuit our deliberative faculties, thus, hindering the recognition and prevention of disasters on an unprecedented scale. Psychological biases have long been known as sources of major policy failures and have attributed to grave errors in political, economic, and organizational decision-making. Our discussion will address the most important cognitive biases and failures of awareness that impair our understanding of the ecological crisis’ magnitude, as well as our ability to constructively and strategically engage in its resolution—individually, communally, and societally.