Kathrine Bruun, Amalie Kortzau Bahnson, Frida Leth Emanuel & Freja Bøgh Lassen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


The purpose of this thesis is to explore and understand why the individual person does not do as much good as they can, when it comes to the current climate change. Based on an analysis of four individual and qualitative interviews, we have sought to explore narratives about how the individual person understands their own role towards the climate crisis. Paul Ricoeur’s theory of mimesis is used to analyze the data material, as it has its focus on the narrative construction that can be deduced from stories told by our interviewees.
The thesis will also examine how theories like cognitive dissonance and the term ‘balancing heuristics’, can help give a greater understanding on why the individual person makes decisions that harm the environment, even though he or she is aware of the climate change.
Based on the outcome of the thesis, it seems that the individual person primarily avoids taking environmentally friendly decisions, when they feel forced to make decisions that challenges the quality of their habits and conditions of life. The thesis also shows that cognitive dissonance and the term ‘distance’, has a big impact on the individual person when it comes to their decision making and sense of responsibility towards the climate. On the other hand, the term ‘balancing heuristics’ does not have as big of an impact as expected.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Antal sider43
VejledereClaus Munch


  • klima
  • individ