Welcome to the second event of the fall 2022 Sustainability Seminar Series, titled “The psychology of climate change and sustainability” by Dr. Ana Aznar from the University of Winchester.
When we talk about environmental problems, we often refer to aspects such as climate change, pollution, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. But if we look closer, the question might also be if we rather look at them as environmental or human problems. These issues have a common cause: Human behavior. Following that it seems that the science of behavior, psychology, should be considered besides other sciences in the fight against climate change.
In this seminar it will be addressed how psychological theory and research can be applied to promote a sustainable future. More specifically, it will be explored why so many people feel distant from climate change. What can be done to reduce this distance. What emotions do people feel around climate change with a special emphasis on eco-anxiety, and what are the consequences of climate change on our psychological health.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Ana Aznar is an internationally published child psychologist with a general interest in children’s socioemotional development. Her research examines children’s understanding of emotions, and she is particularly interested in children’s emotions around climate change. Her work has been translated into over 10 languages and featured widely in scientific publications such as The Journal of Experimental Child Psychology as well as in the popular press.
This event is organized by Students for Sustainability, with the support of the Office of Student Life and the Office of Sustainability. Should you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.