Sarah Wolfe2024-03-14T19:56:32-04:00
I examine the social-psychological variables of water decisions and governance within a context of climate change, flooding and drought. Water is essential to our existence – ecological, biological and cultural – and our ability to ‘solve’ water problems is a litmus test for our capacity to address other environmental challenges.

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Sample Publications

“Terror Management Theory and mortality awareness: A missing link in climate response studies?” WIREs Climate Change

“Mortality awareness and water decisions: a social psychological analysis of supply-management, demand management
and soft-path paradigms”
Water International

“Sounding the water alarm will backfire thanks to human nature” The Globe and Mail

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“I want you to panic”

February 19th, 2019|

Last year, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg started skipping school to hold a daily protest about climate change. "Adults keep saying ‘we owe it to the young people to give them hope,’” she declared. “But I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic." (Post 3/3)

Our Elaborate Defences against Bad News

February 13th, 2019|

When we hear “the bell tolling”, we know that one day it will toll for us. The range of emotions we exhibit in the face of death also echo in our reactions to impending climate change. (Post 2/3)

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