The Department of Psychology welcomes Paul Thibodeau, assistant professor of psychology at Oberlin College, presenting “Systems thinking, metaphor, and sustainability.”
Climate change is one of the most compelling challenges for science communication today. Societal reforms are necessary to reduce the risks posed by a changing climate, yet many people fail to recognize climate change as a serious issue. Unfortunately, the accumulation of scientific data, in itself, has failed to compel the general public on the urgent need for pro-environmental policy action. In this talk, Thibodeau will argue that certain metaphors for the human-environment relationship can lead people to adopt a more nuanced and responsible conception of their place in the natural world.