WHY SO LATE? WHY SO SLOW? Psycho-social aspects in the delay to the fight against climate change, from daily behaviors to collective actions
It was held Thursday, June 17 the Workshop of the GdL Climate Change entitled "Why so late? Why So Slow?"
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What are the psychological, social, or cultural obstacles that delay action against the climate crisis?
The workshop, organized by the WG Climate Change, wanted to contribute to the identification - with specific contribution of researchers, educators, experts in communication and public engagement - of those resistances that hinder the adoption of virtuous behaviors, both at the level of individuals and communities, deepening the theme by putting in system the theoretical and critical framework and the report of the state of research at national and international level, with reference also to possible applications within the university community.
In order to fight climate change, it is therefore very important to combine structural and technological interventions with a proper knowledge of the psychological and social dynamics that underlie the daily behavior of people. In fact, individuals and communities, with their lifestyles and their consumption choices, are the final recipients of the productions that cause climate-changing emissions, as well as the active subjects of possible mitigation and adaptation actions.
For this reason, for some years now, reflection has developed on the contributions that can come from the social sciences and in particular from psychology, so it is useful to find new strategies and accelerate the inevitable hoped-for transition towards an energy and production system in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Scientific Coordination: Bruno Mazzara, Marino Bonaiuto (Sapienza Università di Roma), Stefano Caserini (Politecnico di Milano)
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09:30 – 10:00 | Welcome
- P. Lombardi | RUS President - Network of Universities for Sustainable Development
- S. Caserini | Coordinator of the RUS WG Climate Change
- B. M. Mazzara, M. Bonaiuto | Scientific coordination of the workshop
10:00-11:20 | Individual contributions
- V. Rizzoli, M. Sarrica, B. M. Mazzara: The role of psychological distance as a barrier to behavior. Environmental and health crisis compared (Italian)
- S. Migliorisi, G. Leone, B. M. Mazzara: Climate change, moral emotions, and action orientation. Research directions (Italian)
- F. Corvino: Climate change and procrastination (Italian)
- A. Putzer: Pleasure paralysis. The loss of the ability to enjoy Nature (Italian)
11:20-12:40 | Cultural dimensions
- A. Pirni: Diachronic indifference and ethical motivation. Rethinking the duty of justice towards future generations
- E. Rinallo, M. Scopelliti, D. Barni: Intergenerational transmission of environmental values and adolescents' pro-environmental behaviors: psychological mechanisms (Italian)
- M. Van Aken: Climate change as cultural change: obstacles, denials, and desires for environmental relationships (Italian)
- A. Sannella, M. Nocenzi: An intersectional analysis of social change (Italian)
12:40-13:00 | Discussion
14:00-15:20 | Communication Dimensions
- B.G.S. Casara, C. Suitner, L. Badia, D. Clementel, L. Iacovissi, M. Migliorini, D. Solimini, M. Formanowicz, T. Erseghe: Climate Change, Rhetorical Change, Social Change. A network approach to the study of online communication related to Climate Change
- I. Tzankova, E. Cicognani: The environmental activist: from social representations to activist identity formation among young people (Italian)
- M. Bertolotti, I. Miligi, P. Catellani: "But what does it cost us?" Framing and moral licensing effects in environmental policy communication (Italian)
- A. Bachiorri, A. Puglisi: Changing minds, not the climate. The role of education for sustainability (Italian)
15:20-16:40 | The role of technology
- D. Padovan, O. Arrobbio: Imperial mode of living, technological determinism and social practices (Italian)
- F. Dessi, S. Ariccio, T. Albers, S. Alves, N. Ludovico, M. Bonaiuto: The acceptability of sustainable technology (Italian)
- G. Pozzi, E. Ginelli, G. Vignati: Psychological barriers and social constraints to industrialization in construction (Italian)
- E. Dall’Ò, J. von Hardenberg, P. Claps: The cultural and scientific approach to climate change (Italian)
16:40-17:00 | Discussion
17:00-17:40 | Closing
- Robert Gifford, University of Victoria, Canada: The dragons of inaction engender the theory of behavioral choice
17:40-18:00 | Discussion
Paola Baglione (Politecnico di Milano), Operational Coordinator of the WG Climate Change: email@example.com