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The Dragons of Inaction – and How to Slay Them

Professor Robert Gifford
February 26, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Clearihue A127,
University of Victoria,
Victoria, BC.
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Most people now understand that environmental problems are human problems; we cause them, and it is our job to fix them. Yet many people, even those of us who have the best of intentions, are still not doing enough in their own lives to help. Why is that? How can the gap between good intentions and impactful behavior be closed?

Bio: Professor Robert Gifford is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science, and the recipient of a Career Award from the Environmental Design Research Association. Dr. Gifford is the author of over 120 refereed publications and book chapters on environmental psychology, nonverbal behaviour, and the multiple influences of personality, social, and environmental factors on human behaviour and attitudes. He is the author of five editions of the textbook Environmental Psychology: Principles and Practice. Dr. Gifford is the editor of the Journal of Environmental Psychology, has served as coordinator of CPA’s environmental section, APA’s Population and Environment Division, and is the past President of the Environmental Psychology division of the International Association of Applied Psychology. He is the founding director of UVic’s minor in Human Dimensions of Climate Change and an author of APA’s 2008 task force report on climate change.