We’re in this dilemma where we can show people, ‘Your carbon footprint is this,’ but it doesn’t register in the same way as, ‘There’s a tiger around the block.’
Daniel Goleman contends that we're not enacting environmental change due to a flaw in our brains. As a science journalist Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, introduced a paradigm-shattering idea that IQ cannot be the sole measure of one's intellectual abilities. Goleman built on that theory with his 2009 book Ecological Intelligence, which argued that new information technologies could create “radical transparency,” allowing us to know the environmental, health, and social consequences of what we buy.
Goleman currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. He has received the Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association.