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Why Autism Might Not Make You a Better Environmentalist – Psychology Today

Sunday, 21 August, 2022

Why Autism Might Not Make You a Better Environmentalist – Psychology Today

The climate activist Greta Thunberg has credited her autism with giving her the ability to stay focused on the climate emergency. She once Tweeted: “I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And, given the right circumstances, being different is a superpower.”

This sentiment sparked public interest in the idea that having autism predisposes people to care more deeply about the environment, and thus be more likely to engage in activism. However, researchers with the universities of Bath, Cardiff, Essex, and King's College London investigated this idea and found that the opposite might be true. Autism might make it more difficult for people to engage in pro-environmental behavior.

Read more at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/elegant-arguments/202208/why-autism-might-not-make-you-better-environmentalist

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