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Link Zoom for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84720165435
In recent years, climate scientists and activists have been forced to confront the limitations of the information-deficit model of science communication, which assumes that people act irrationally because their knowledge is deficient. After all, increasingly grim and alarming scientific reports such as those periodically produced by the IPCC have failed to translate into climate action at the scale and pace required to avert catastrophic impacts. In response, there have been numerous calls and attempts to explore alternative, creative pathways for getting the public to engage with the climate crisis, such as those provided by literature and the arts in general.
In this webinar, Stef Craps will discuss how contemporary literature grapples with the aesthetic, ethical, and existential challenges posed by climate change, a phenomenon that defies the imagination, shakes the very idea of what it means to be human, and forces us to re-frame our relationship to the planet and to each other.
Stef Craps is a professor of English literature at Ghent University, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative. His research interests lie in twentieth-century and contemporary literature and culture, memory and trauma studies, postcolonial theory, and ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. His latest work focuses on climate change fiction and the aesthetics of ecological mourning.
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The presentation is in English only, followed by an exchange of views between the speakers and participants.
This series offers a platform to speakers from Belgium and beyond. By drawing on a range of disciplines within the social sciences, the Foundation aims to broaden the discussion about tools, methods and practices for strengthening climate initiatives.
The webinars are aimed at public authorities, non-profit organisations, journalists, communicators and businesses looking to promote understanding, engagement and inclusive climate action.
Webinars already organised:
14/10/2021 - Climate Change, Nationalism and the State: A Realist Approach
By Dr. Anatol Lieven, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Washington DC
In this talk, Dr Anatol Lieven discusses climate change as a national security issue, and the potential role of nationalism in mobilising public support for radical action, including possible tools, methods and practices for strengthening climate initiatives in order to promote better understanding, engagement and inclusive climate action.
20/05/2021 - Climate controversies: why and how to map conflicting discourses?
By Frederik De Roeck & Thomas Block, Ghent University
In society there is disagreement and debate about a series of climate-related controversies, such as eating meat and travelling by air. In this webinar, Frederik and Thomas introduce discourse analysis as a tool for mapping such climate controversies. They do so by looking at conflicting arguments, interests, assumptions, world views and coalitions. Based on concrete examples they show how discourse analysis can contribute to a better understanding of the current societal debate on climate change.
25/03/2021 - From Science to Practice: how to design and implement solutions that encourage environmentally sustainable behaviours?
by Dr. Julia Terlet, Behavioural Scientist and Fred Dorsimont, Managing Director, certified in behavioural science from Stanford University and University College London
Successful behaviour change is not just about the science. It is also about using the right tools to translate behavioural insights into equally robust interventions. It is about moving from science to practice with the same level of rigour. Julia and Fred talked about the process of designing and implementing behaviour change solutions, and of applying them to the challenge of encouraging environmentally sustainable behaviours.
10/02/2021 - Mobilizing against climate change. When research in human and social sciences strengthens scientific research on climate
by Thierry Libaert, President of the Academy of Controversies and Sensitive Communication
For more than thirty years, scientific data has been available to alert us on climate change reality. However, our behavior is not changing significantly. Thierry Libaert discuss the obstacles to behavior change and the reasons for the low effectiveness of the current awareness discourse. He will also address communication approaches that are adapted to the challenges posed by the ecological transition.
19/01/2021 - How to encourage pro-environmental behaviour and overcome barriers to behaviour change?
by Prof. Dr. Siegfried Dewitte, behavioral scientist, KULeuven
Comfort considerations and habits are major barriers, both at the individual and societal level. On top of that, polarization has emerged as an additional challenge as pro-environmental behaviour has been associated to deep political preferences, further threatening the success of interventions. What are potential ways to mitigate these barriers? And what can we learn from behavioural sciences?
19/11/2020 - Motivating climate action
by Prof. Dr. E.M. Linda Steg, University of Groningen
To mitigate climate change, it is important that people accept low carbon technology and systems, and consistently engage in climate action. Common approaches to encourage climate action typically target extrinsic motivation, by offering incentives that change personal costs and benefits of mitigation behaviour. However, such approaches are not always as effective as assumed. I will discuss factors and strategies that can foster and secure intrinsic motivation to engage in climate actions. Intrinsically motivated people behave without being coerced or incentivised, even when climate actions are somewhat costly, as doing so is meaningful and makes them feel good.
14/10/2020 - Do people still care about climate change? Why careful public engagement on climate change is critical during and after the COVID-19 crisis
by Dr Adam Corner, Climate Outreach
Summarising polling and narrative testing conducted in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Adam's presentation will describe the key principles for effectively communicating climate change. Drawing on two decades of social science research, and reflecting on the unique challenges (and space for fresh thinking) created by COVID-19, the presentation will make the case for careful, evidence-based public engagement that can both build a social mandate for climate change and respect the sensitivities of communities impacted by the pandemic. It is vital that climate change does not fall out of the public consciousness at this critical time for global decarbonisation, and approaching public engagement using sensitive, evidence-based strategies is the way to prevent this from happening.