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The behavioral tools of the pandemic should be applied to climate policy: Scientists | Lifestyle News

Washington: Lessons learned from the pandemic on changing people’s behavior will be applied to policies to tackle climate change and disinformation in the future, leading scientists said Thursday.

Carlos Scartascini, of the Inter-American Development Bank, said behavioral tools have become essential in the pandemic, during a panel at the Reuters Next conference.

“When you say ‘wash your hands’ – you can say it 20 times, but if you don’t change the way you say people basically don’t react,” he said.

Dr Laura de Molière, who heads behavioral science at the UK Cabinet, said a better understanding of human behavior had become essential for policymakers during the pandemic, and that this should continue.

“Climate change is probably pretty obvious, where if we don’t design the rules and regulations well, we’ll see rebound effects where people will insulate their homes, but then buy bigger homes because the energy is cheaper.” , she said.

She said transparency in decision-making, at the heart of COVID communication, would also be important in gaining support from climate change policies.

“There are a lot of really interesting avenues for the application of behavioral sciences that have arisen because of the pandemic,” said Mary MacLennan, co-founder of the United Nations Behavioral Sciences Group.