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Living in DenialClimate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life$
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Kari Marie Norgaard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015448

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015448.001.0001

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(p.207) Conclusion
Living in Denial

Kari Marie Norgaard

The MIT Press

The example of Bygdaby demonstrates that people are aware of global warming as a global issue but are ignorant about the resources from which to gather such information. The example of Bygdaby shows collective response from the people toward addressing climate change. It also demonstrates the presence of socially organized denial, whereby people put more emphasis on imaginary stories and folklore to uphold their culture and tradition. They focus more on these aspects of community living to feign ignorance or deny having knowledge or sufficient information about climate change and its impact on the environment. The example of Bygdaby also demonstrates how a progressive society is adversely affected by climate change, along with problems and human suffering resulting from diseases, conflicts, and uncontrolled exploitation of the environment.

Keywords:   global warming, Bygdaby, progressive society, human suffering, exploitation

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