• Development & Alumni Relations

Behaviours, Habits and Climate Change

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

The Alumni Voice Volume 1

Written by Lauren Enright, Certificate in Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Psychoanalysis and Counselling

 

There is indeed a contagion right now, one very much felt and seen globally whether you are safe at home or are personally affected from the coronavirus. I am living in the Hudson River Valley in New York and have accepted the fact that Governor Cuomo is asking New York residents to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house. Residents in New York and across the world have broken this social distancing rule and will continue to do so. The behaviors we are born with continually evolve and are constantly shaped by the environment(s) we live in.  Simultaneously, a behavioral contagion is occurring with climate change. This behavior contagion involves human influences and copycat behaviors where data becomes relevant when presented as evidence. Over the last 5 years, I have been lucky to grow a network of climate scientists within the United States. These scientists have worked diligently on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to prove to policy makers and government officials the satellite imagery over the last 30 years + has been changing and is therefore affecting monsoon patterns in India and glaciers in Alaska. Climate, weather, and coastal data are constantly collected to meet the needs of thousands of people though this data is helpless if not useless until human behavior directs it. Just as data before climate scientists is evident, the denial o