The psychology of denial and our responses to climate change

John James

Published on Nov 5, 2014

Climate change is the most pressing environmental threat faced by humans, yet responses – individually, collectively, and politically – have frequently lacked urgency.

Why might a threat of such magnitude meet with such inaction?

Our guest presenter, Zoe Leviston, has been working as a social scientist for CSIRO since 2004. She is currently part of the Adaptive Social and Behavioural Sciences group in CSIRO’s Land & Water Flagship, based in Perth. Zoe applies social psychological theory to understand how individual, group and cultural processes shape people’s responses to a variety of natural resource challenges, including water security, agricultural management, and resource consumption. In 2013 she completed a PhD in Psychology at Curtin University, assessing the social and psychological underpinnings of behavioural actions and reactions associated with climate change.

This webinar recording will help you better understand:
– what underlies the discordance between climate change threat and people’s responses, drawing on data from a series of national annual surveys and workshops conducted by CSIRO,
– how different human responses to climate change can all be thought of as adaptive, as they serve to satisfy important psychological and social needs,
– how these needs can be revealed using principles drawn from social psychology (including social identity theory, cognitive dissonance, system justification, and false consensus effects).

You can see the presentation slides over here: http://www.enablingchangeandinnovatio…


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