KATHARINE HAYHOE: Barriers to Public Acceptance of Climate Science, Impacts, and Solutions
The challenge posed by human-induced climate change to society and the natural environment has been carefully and methodically summarized by thousands of peer-reviewed studies and decades’ worth of exhaustive reports by Royal Societies, National Academies, federal agencies, and the IPCC. As the scientific evidence builds, however, public and political opinion in the U.S.—as well as in other developed nations including Australia, the U.K., and Canada—remains sharply divided along ideological, socio-economic, and religious lines. Understanding the reasons that have created and fed this polarization is crucial to the success of outreach efforts that attempt to bridge this divide.
The Canadian climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe states that the main reason for this divergence is not a deficit of information or knowledge among the public. Instead, there are a plethora of causes that can be variously categorized as psychological, societal, political, and economic. The diversity of these barriers helps explain why no single message or campaign has been able to successfully turn the tide of public opinion. By identifying each of these barriers, however, will Katharine Hayhoe share from here experience how it is possible to bypass much of the “he said-she said” stalemate in media and outreach activities, transitioning instead towards positive action based on a foundation of shared values and concerns.
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Location & Time
Time: 16h - 17h30
Location: ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels;
Katharine Hayhoe is a Canadian climate scientist, professor in Political science at the Texas Tech University, where she leads the Climate Science Center. She is also the CEO of ATMOS Research and Consulting.
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