Renewing Democracy in a Time of Environmental Crisis
Free Public Lecture
Carrillo Gantner Theatre
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
761 Swanston St, Carlton
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MSSI Oration with Rebecca Huntley
There is now widespread public acceptance of the reality of climate change and the need for governments to respond. Climate change is increasingly being framed as a ‘crisis’ or an ‘emergency’. Yet the recent Australian federal election shows that there are growing divisions amongst key voting groups about our social and environmental futures.
In this oration, Dr Rebecca Huntley will draw on her extensive body of social research to paint a nuanced picture of public sentiment about the environment. She explores how different people respond to climate change in non-rational and emotion-driven ways with a view to improving the efficacy of the public discussion around climate change. Rebecca will show how peoples' attitudes to democracy and the role of government impact their response to climate change. She will argue that more effective communication strategies on climate change can renew public engagement with democracy itself.
Followed by audience Q&A, moderated by Maxine McKew.