Climate Change denial conference hosted at UWE

Issue date: 26 February 2009

A globe Facing Climate Change conference
University of the West of England, 7 March 2009

Man-made climate change poses an unprecedented threat to the global ecosystem and yet the response, from national policy makers right through to individual consumers, remains tragically inadequate. The Centre for Psycho-Social Studies at the University of the West of England is organising a major interdisciplinary event Facing Climate Change on this topic at UWE on 7 March 2009. Facing Climate Change is the first national conference to specifically explore 'climate change denial'.

This conference aims to strengthen our awareness of the challenge facing us and to enhance our capacity for effective decision-making and action. It will do this by bringing together a group of people - climate change activists, eco-psychologists, psychotherapists and social researchers - who are uniquely qualified to assess the human dimensions of this human-made problem.

Professor Paul Hoggett is helping to organise the conference, he said, “We will examine denial from a variety of different perspectives - as the product of addiction to consumption, as the outcome of diffusion of responsibility and the idea that someone else will sort it out and as the consequence of living in a perverse culture which encourages collusion, complacency, irresponsibility.”

George Marshall, Director of Climate Outreach Information Network, and one of the conference keynote speakers said, “The knowledge of the problem is remarkably well established yet we clearly refuse to recognise the implications of that knowledge.”

Keynote Speakers include George Marshall Director of Climate Outreach and Information Centre, Mary-Jane Rust, Ecopsychologist and Jungian Analyst and Paul Hoggett, Professor of Politics, UWE.

Workshops will be led by Zita Cox (Environmental Constellations), Ro Randall (Cambridge Carbon Footprints), Dr Chris Johnstone (The Great Turning Times); Nick Totton (editor Psychotherapy and Politics International) Renee Lertzman (Cardiff University) and Jim Wilson (psychotherapist and consultant).

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