March 3, 2013

Strong Communities Build Solutions to Climate Change

Research conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests that if government cares about solving problems like climate change, or clean energy jobs, or entrepreneurship, then social norms — the unwritten rules of community conduct — might matter as much as rebates and incentives.

In fact, bolstering civic participation and fostering communities that value neighborliness, societal cohesion, family relationships, and community-mindedness might be just as important as economic policy in addressing climate change.

It has become clear that to endure in a climate-changed world, we'll have to work with our neighbors in a more real and meaningful way. Maybe a few hours of volunteering every month is a small price to pay.

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