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The Psychology of Climate Change: Cultivating a Mindset of Hope and Action
February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
What emotions does the climate crisis bring up for you?
Overwhelm – hope – fear – inspiration – passion – all of the above? Let’s dive in!
In celebration of International Development Week 2021, BCCIC’s Climate Change Branch is proud to present a discussion on the psychology of climate change and climate communications. Climate change is a global challenge that can cause stress and anxiety amongst individuals and communities. Our panel explores the impact climate anxiety has on our well-being, and ways in which we can empower people to advance climate action through effective public engagement, psychology and communications.
Join us as we discuss the intersection between psychology, communication, climate action and social change. We are excited to explore the ways we can communicate on and address the climate crisis to replace climate anxiety with a mindset that fuels hope and action.
This panel is being held as a side event to BCCIC’s IDW 2021 event series on well-being. Visit BCCIC’s event calendar to view all IDW2021 events happening from February 7th – 13th!
In this event, we will be joined by experts in the fields of climate
psychology, public engagement research and campaign design for effective communications:
Dr. Michael Schmitt
Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University
Dr. Schmitt is an expert researcher and lecturer on topics including social psychology and climate change and psychology and environmental sustainability. He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on this issue in notable scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Ecopsychology, and the Journal of Behavioral Science. He is passionate about exploring what encourages people to engage in pro-environmental behavior that is intended to bring about pro-environmental social change.
Communications and Public Engagement Research Assistant at BCCIC
Katia is a fifth-year International Studies student at Simon Fraser University and focuses mainly on security issues in the East Asian region. However, she began her communications work as Director of Communications on a federal election campaign in 2019 and continued similar work while volunteering as a Media Outreach Assistant at the Canadian International Council. In Fall 2020, she was hired as the Communications and Public Engagement Research Assistant at BCCIC’s Vancouver Branch, where she researched and co-authored a Digital Public Engagement Toolkit. This toolkit designed to provide international development agencies across Canada with the tips and tools for creating effective digital public engagement campaigns, in order to increase feelings of global citizenship in Canadian audiences and strengthen solidarity around important social justice issues, particularly in the context of COVID-19.
Digital Communication Assistant at BCCIC
Since the completion of her Bachelors in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, Kylie has been volunteering with BCCIC as a digital communication assistant, supporting various public engagement campaigns and the promotion of BCCIC reports. More recently, she has begun focusing on her interest in environmental issues by volunteering for BCCIC’s Climate Change Branch and researching and writing pieces related to both BC and Canada’s environmental policies.