: Fred Branfman
in the Sacramento News and ReviewLENGTH
: 3,852 words, including artsy quotations SUBJECT
: Climate change and the conference at CopenhagenEXPLANATION OF GLOBAL WARMING DENIAL
: Humans fear deathDEEP SENTENCE
: "We will only know if humanity will choose life over death when it understands that this is its choice"THE SITUATION
: Hamlet all over again, with the stakes being the survival of human civilization to the year 2080WHAT WE NEED
: "Giant advertising campaigns focusing on existential issues" like donating kidneys and supporting carbon taxesWHERE WE NEED IT
: The nation's living roomsTHE ANSWER TO ALL OUR PROBLEMS
: "Terror management theory"SUGGESTED READING
: Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-Affirming Death AwarenessINDIVIDUALS QUOTED:
William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein, cultural anthropologist
Ernest Becker, and psychiatrist Robert Jay LiftonOTHER OFFERINGS
: Explanation of climate
change's threat to academia, analogy to Moishe the Beadle in Holocaust
tale Night, and categorization of Rush Limbaugh's and Steven Levitt's
stages of climate change denial (anger, bargaining, respectively)RIDDLE ME THIS
: "Unconscious denial of death can kill"EXIT QUESTION
: "Do we deserve to live?"
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