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The Psychology of Inspired Collective Climate Change Action (and what gets in its way)

A conference - London

Saturday 21 November 2015

In partnership with the

09.00   Registration and coffee
09.30   Maggie Turp

The Elusive Global 'We'
Climate change has no colour, no odour and no audible tone. Its effects - measurable and well evidenced as they are - are unpredictable with regard to specifics of where, when and how events will unfold. This situation, along with the absence of an identifiable 'enemy', militates against the development of a global 'we'. This talk will explore the particular nature of such difficulties and identify existing situations where common humanity takes precedence over individual, group and national interests. What can we learn from such examples? And how can we further the development of a concept of oneness as a global community as a basis for acting together in response to the challenges that lie ahead?
10.05   Sally Weintrobe

The New Imagination
A vibrant new imagination is currently emerging of a different, sustainable future. Fighting for this future means repairing environmental and social damage, and also repairing our hearts and minds damaged by our current culture of uncare. Understanding the toxic effects of this culture is crucial for change, as without this understanding we are in danger of imagining the future with blind, disaffected or despairing eyes.
10.40   Coffee
11.10   Professor Paul Hoggett

Climate change: cultural transformation is possible
We have left action so late there is now no way of avoiding dangerous climate change which does not also require a major transformation in the way in which we live. But surely to say that a cultural transformation is required is to be unrealistic, it is to ask too much of us? The danger is that, overcome by feelings of hopelessness, the self withdraws anxiously into a psychic retreat from where facts are accepted but meanings and implications are denied. But there is another way. In our lifetime positive cultural transformations, for example in relation to sexism and homophobia, have been set in motion. What can we learn from these processes of change which might inform the collective action we now require around climate change?
11.45   Jo Hamilton (presenting work jointly researched with Emily Hinshelwood)

Creative processes for climate engagement
We are saturated with expert knowledge of energy problems and solutions. This presentation will suggest that moving to a deeper engagement with climate action involves combining the external landscapes of science and politics with people's emotional worlds and inner narratives. Drawing on research with a community based arts and climate change project in South Wales, we will explore the roles played by creative processes in achieving pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour change, and offer suggestions for how creative processes can be incorporated into energy engagement at a community level.
12.20   Rosemary Randall

Listening to each other: the contribution of Carbon Conversations to collective action
As well as political campaigning, we also need community-based action to encourage and support carbon reduction and the shift to a low-carbon society. Carbon Conversations project, with its system of small groups, draws on and adapts a variety of therapeutic approaches to achieve significant carbon reductions in the lives of participants and develops their capacity to influence others, dealing with issues of loss, anxiety, guilt, self-efficacy and the process of change. This talk will also compare the different experiences of Carbon Conversations groups in England and Scotland which have seen divergent government engagement with climate change since 2010 and discuss the psychological impact of this.
13.00   Lunch (a light lunch is included)
14.00   George Marshall

Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change
Why, when so many people express concern about climate change, do they find it so hard to talk about or even remember? Drawing on his recent acclaimed book Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, and his expertise on climate communications, George Marshall explains that climate change speaks poorly to our sense of threat and can only be felt is through the medium socially constructed narratives. These may shape disinterest and denial but, if they speak to people's core values and identity, can be also be a source of strength and hope. We will examine why and how.
14:35   John Bunzl

Why I Donít Care About Collective Action
Dealing with global problems like climate change isnít easy when you donít care about collective action. But what would it take to make us care? What is it about our current thinking that needs to change? From the state of protest to our relationship to politics, John Bunzl uncovers the myths that undermine our capacity to really care about collective action, and imagines a new way forward for meaningful climate change activism.
15.10   Tea
15:40   Chris Rapley

How do we engage people with creating a greener more ethical world?
Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Change at UCL and Director of the Science Museum argues that the ultimate solution to climate change lies in developing a society that does not identify human happiness with material growth.
16:20   Chris Johnstone

Inspiring Active Hope
Active Hope is different from being hopeful. It involves starting where we are, identifying what we hope for and then taking action to move that way. Drawing on evidence-based approaches to behaviour change and community carbon reduction, this talk describes practices to inspire Active Hope in ourselves, in the communities we belong to and in the larger society of which we're part.
17.00   End

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Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.00 Registration and coffee
09.30 Start
10:50 Coffee
13:15 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End