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Our Society Is Living a Massive Lie About the Threat of Climate Change -- It's Time to Wake Up

We've got to stop pretending like our species is not marching towards its doom. Our survival depends on fighting it.

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At the moment, I am not sure any group exists that fulfills both of these precepts. But that can change; advocacy organizations can change their culture and planning, and new groups can form. The best existing advocacy group, in my knowledge, 350 is an organization that lives in truth, but they lack a comprehensive plan for victory—focusing on relatively small goals, such as stopping the Keystone Pipeline. Hopefully, 350 will adopt a plan that begins today and ends with a planet that is safe for humanity. Join a group and advocate for it to live in truth and provide a comprehensive plan. Or start a new group. But find your place in the incipient social and political movement. Know that without it, we are surely lost.

Living in Climate Truth means Living with Honor

Living in climate truth can be extremely challenging. It can set you apart from your peers, people can have a “shoot the messenger” mentality, and criticize you for your views or your advocacy.

The truth of climate change is frightening, even overwhelming. We would rather forget it and enjoy the present.

But living in climate truth comes with honor, dignity, and a sense of purpose. Living within the lie means being self-deceiving, failing your responsibility to your brothers and sisters, and ultimately, being a passive victim of forces outside of your control. It means holding your head high, even as circumstances seem insurmountable.

Living in truth means refusing to be lied to and manipulated. Knowing that you are part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. Knowing that, if civilization does fall, you will be able to say, “I did my best.”  Knowing that, if we succeed, you will be able to live the rest of your life with pride. When your species, your civilization, your planet was on the line, you faced the terrifying unknown with courage, dedication and resolve. You lived in truth.


Margaret Klein holds holds a BA from Harvard in Social Anthropology, and a MA from Adelphi University in Psychology. She is in the final stages of earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. At her website The Climate Psychologist Margaret analyzes emotional and cultural elements of the climate crisis and proposes novel, psychologically-informed solutions. Follow Margaret on Twitter: @ClimatePsych

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