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Climate change and the infinite game - SHCH2020 Webinar 8

Climate change and the infinite game: Answers to four essential questions

This is webinar 8 in the Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health series and will focus on our response to the call of climate change and how this can have positive outcomes for mental health.

Everyone reading this will have been told, and perhaps told others, that climate change is urgent. We must do something now or the world as we know it will collapse. This rhetoric, however, does not match our experience. For most of us life is as it has always been – sure, the odd public and personal crisis comes along, but they don’t have much to do with the climate. So gradually all those impassioned pleas of urgency sound like hysterical echoes – true maybe, but convincing, no. Covid-19 - now that was urgent, everything changed in two days. We got it.

In this talk Professor Niki Harré will argue that to approach climate change as the long-haul problem it is, we need to stand back and ask four essential questions. What is the problem? On whose authority should I act? How do I speak to a 10-year old? Why do I feel anxious?  She imagines a response to climate change that invites everyone in; makes room for beauty, joy and compassion; and that insists our way of life must radically change.

Niki_Harre 2016 ImageAbout Professor Niki Harré

Niki is on the academic staff in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. She is also the leader of a Sustainability Network within the university’s Faculty of Science. Her recent research projects have focused on values, sustainable communities and schools, positive youth development and political activism. The question that drives her is how to engage people in creating a more sustainable and equitable society.

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Date Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Time 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Audience All University,Allied health professionals
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Webinar
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin)

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