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Avid Reader: Rebecca Huntley – How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference

Wednesday 29 Jul

6:30 pm

7:30 pm

 – 

Australia/Sydney
Free

Online

About this event

Avid Reader is hosting an online event about Rebecca Huntley’s book – ‘How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference’.

Wednesday 29 July 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
ZOOM Online

This is a rescheduled event.

This event commences online at 6.30pm.

NOTE: In registering for this event you need to include your email address. Avid Reader will email the Zoom event link to you after 5.00pm on the day of the event. If you have not received this information prior to the event please check your SPAM folder.

The antidote to climate anxiety is action. Make your first action reading this book.’ Osher Gunsberg

Linh Do is in-conversation with Rebecca Huntley discussing How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference.

A toolkit for understanding our emotional responses to climate change and how we can have meaningful conversations across dividing lines.

Why is it so hard to talk about climate change?

While scientists double down on the shocking figures, we still find ourselves unable to discuss climate change meaningfully among friends and neighbours – or even to grapple with it ourselves. 

The key to progress on climate change is in the psychology of human attitudes and our ability to change. Whether you’re already alarmed and engaged with the issue, concerned but disengaged, a passive skeptic or an active denier, understanding our emotional reactions to climate change – why it makes us anxious, fearful, angry or detached – is critical to coping on an individual level and convincing each other to act.

This book is about understanding why people who aren’t like you feel the way they do and learning to talk to them effectively. What we need are thousands – millions – of everyday conversations about the climate to enlarge the ranks of the concerned, engage the disengaged and persuade the cautious of the need for action.

Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia’s most experienced social researchers and former director of The Mind and Mood Report, the longest running measure of the nation’s attitudes and trends. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in gender studies, and is a mum to three young children. It was realising she is part of the problem older generation that caused her change of heart and to dedicate herself to researching our attitudes to climate change. She is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Corps, carries out social research for NGOs such as The Wilderness Society and WWF, and writes and presents for the ABC. This is her sixth book.

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