If I had conducted an interview with Gina McCarthy, I would have asked a follow-up question to the ideas she shared when discussing the connections between psychology and climate change. I would start by asking about the connections between people’s everyday lives and lawmakers. For example, I would ask that given that people are more willing to act on events that are relevant to their lives and problems with probable solutions, how can lawmakers create policies that add relevance to climate change and work toward solutions? Further, which elements of new policies are most important: rhetoric, examples, consequences of inaction or something else entirely? In addition, it seems that an understanding of science is an important part of making change. Thus, how might institutions of higher education impart the importance of science to future policymakers and consider the implications of science during the policymaking process? And, how can policymakers present the science in ways that people care about and understand?
To watch the PredictionX interview with Gina McCarthy, you can find it here!