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The Psychology of Climate Change

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Within the recent and turbulent history of climate science and renewable energy technology, it's become utterly clear that emotion, ideology and opinion take precedence over science and engineering, when it comes to the public understanding of climate science, and our response to its implications. Logically this might seem counter intuitive but this isn't as odd as we might expect - in fact, modern research around science communication and psychology suggest good reasons why this might be expected.

As resistance to change and fears persist in the general community, understanding the role of psychology in our comprehension of this most fundamental and uniquely difficult existential challenge is key to developing an effective response.

For our September GreenUps we've gathered a fine group of speakers, from the worlds of clean tech, climate science, psychology and philosophy to help lead the conversation on this most interesting of topics.

Dr Tim Rayner - Tim is a philosopher and disruptive thinker with a focus on the Philosophy of Change. His most recent book is Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide. Tim is also a Film-maker Coalition of the Willing (2010). His current project is One Million Acts of Innovation.

Sally Gillespie - Sally is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney researching psychological responses to climate change engagement. She practiced as a Jungian psychotherapist for over twenty years, and served as the President of the CG Jung Society of Sydney from 2006 to 2010. Sally is the author of Living the Dream and The Book of Dreaming.

Eleanor Glenn - Eleanor is a Values, framing and communication strategist with a background in environmental sciences and government policy. Eleanor is currently doctoral candidate with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS. PhD topic: "Exploring climate change through dialogue"

Ketan Joshi - Ketan is a renewable energy researcher and communications officer, working at Australia's largest specialist renewable energy company. He's written for The Guardian, Climate Spectator and Renew Economy on issues ranging from community engagement through to wind farm output. Ketan studied psychology and neuroscience at university.

I hope you will join us at Freda's in Chippendale (a short walk from Central Station) next Tuesday 2nd of September for what is shaping up to be a very interesting evening.

Please pre-purchase your ticket ( on Eventbrite ( to avoid any disappointment.

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