Sources: Public Perception of Environmental Issues, Psychological Impacts & Denial

Particularly influential & summary pieces are marked with a *

Public perception

Yale Climate Opinion Maps – show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels

Most UK adults think nature is in urgent need of protection – poll: YouGov survey for major charities finds 81% believe wildlife and environment are under threat (2022, article in The Guardian)

55 Percent of all Americans ‘alarmed’ or ‘concerned’ about climate change (2022, study by the Yale Program on Climate Change and Communication)

As a science journalist I’m reconsidering having kids. I’m not the only one (2022, article in The Guardian)

Europeans more likely to vote green after extreme weather events: Trend has developed over six EU elections between 1994 and 2019 and is more marked in colder climates (2022, article in The Guardian)

Are you in denial? Because it’s not just anti-vaxxers and climate sceptics (2021, article in The Guardian)

*Most in G20 nations say that humans are ‘pushing Earth close to tipping point’, 74% also want climate crisis and protecting nature prioritised over jobs and profit (2021, article in The Guardian, based on this survey by Ipsos/the Commons Alliance)

Young People’s Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon (2021, article in The Lancet)

Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis (2021, article in The Guardian, based on study published in The Lancet)

Psychology

Climate Psychology Alliance

Humanity’s moment: ‘How can we find meaning in a world that is at once both heaven and hell?’ (2022, article in The Guardian, based on 2022 book Humanity’s Moment : A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope by Joëlle Gergis)

Suicides indicate wave of ‘doomerism’ over escalating climate crisis: While alarm over wildfires, droughts, flooding and societal unrest is on the rise, not many of us talk about climate angst (2022, article in The Guardian)

‘I was enjoying a life that was ruining the world’: can therapy treat climate anxiety? (2022, article in The Guardian)

Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis (2021 article on Lancet study in The Guardian)

Eco-anxiety over climate crisis suffered by all ages and classes (2021, article in The Guardian)

Young People’s Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon (2021 SSRN preprint article of The Lancet)

Denial

Organized climate change denial (2012, chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society)

Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life (2011, book by Kari Marie Noorgaard)

“People want to protect themselves a little bit’: Emotions, denial, and social movement nonparticipation (2006, article in Sociological Inquiry)

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