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A monthly update of environment, psychology and health news

Late January 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Here's another brief newsletter hot on the heels of the last to let you know about some very interesting events coming up in February, including a conference run by Psychology for a Safe Climate, a number of talks and workshops by George Marshall, climate change and communication expert from the UK.   


Susie Burke and Harriet Radermacher
Public Interest, Environment and Disaster Response

twitter:  @BurkePsy. 

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Upcoming events

Psychology for a Safe Climate Conference 21st March

Saturday March 21, 2015. 9.00 to 5.00 pm
Northcote Town Hall, level 3. 189 High St.

For information about the program, click here.

Book here:


George Marshall Australian Tour Feb 2015

George Marshall is a climate communications specialist from the UK Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN) and author of Don’t even think about it: why our brains are wired to ignore climate change.

There are several opportunities to hear him speak when he is in
Australia as a guest of Psychology for a Safe Climate and Sustainable Living Foundation.

Great Debate Sustainable Living Festival
To Collapse or not to Collapse:
Pushing for economic ruin or building a great transition
Friday 13th Feb 6.30pm – 8pm
The Deakin Edge
Federation Square
Cost $25

Free Public forum organised by Breakthrough
Don’t even think about it: why our brains are wired to ignore climate change
Saturday 14th Feb 2pm RMIT University Building 80
445 Swanston St Melbourne – Lecture theatre 80.02.007

Workshop for Psychology for a Safe Climate
Communicating about climate change - when our brains are wired to ignore it.
Sunday 15th Feb 1.45pm to 6pm
Edinburgh Gardens Community Room
Cost $30 (concession $20)
Bookings essential:

Special event for SLAP Tomorrow in Shepparton
New ways to reach new audiences on climate change.
Monday, February 16 at 6:00pm,
University of Melbourne’s Rural School of Academic Health.
Graham Street, Shepparton.
Gold coin donation

Ideas and Society, LaTrobe University
George Marshall in Conversation with Robert Manne
Tuesday 17th Feb 6pm to 7.30pm
Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street,
Free event, bookings essential here

George Marshall workshop 15 Feb

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How Will I Be Remembered? Conserving the Environment for the Sake of One’s Legacy

Zaval, Markowitz & Weber in Psychological Science

A team led by Columbia University psychologist Lisa Zaval finds people take the issue of environmental sustainability much more seriously if they have been thinking about their legacy.

“When people’s latent motivation to leave behind a positive legacy is made salient … behavior shifts toward favoring the well-being of future others,” the researchers report in the journal Psychological Science. “Prompts that encourage people to think about how they would want to be remembered (or perhaps what they don’t want to be remembered for) may effectively promote environmental behavior.”

Read Tom Jacob's article on the study here.

Read the original research paper here.



Climate change will hit Australia harder than rest of world

Oliver Milman, The Guardian, Tues 27 Jan, 2015

Australia could be on track for a temperature rise of more than 5C by the end of the century, outstripping the rate of warming experienced by the rest of the world, unless drastic action is taken to slash greenhouse gas emissions, according to the most comprehensive analysis ever produced of the country’s future climate.

The national science agency CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have released the projections based on 40 global climate models, producing what they said was the most robust picture yet of how Australia’s climate would change.

Read more here.



Making Sense of Climate Science Denial


Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial. Denial 101 starts in March 2015, is 7 weeks long and hosted by University of Queensland. For more information click here.