Prof. Clive Hamilton will talk about how deepening political instability in many regions, compounded by the effects of climate change, will almost certainly cause even more people to be uprooted than were uprooted last century.
Attitudes, Communication and Transformation
Are we living sustainably?
Does the way people live make a difference to the big challenges of the contemporary world? And yes it does. What each of us thinks, feels, and does makes up what happens in society. What each of us does for our community – whether you pick up a litter in the street – makes up what our community looks like; just like each of our smallest financial transaction makes up a nation’s economy. Each person's action in a single instance may not seem like a big deal, but what many people do over a long period of time can accumulate, and this can go beyond our wildest imaginations and can potentially influence our community's future.
To understand why people do what they do, it is essential to find out their psychology – what they are thinking and feeling, what they want, and how they act on their hopes, aspirations, fears, and angers. These include people's opinions (e.g., carbon tax, immigration), lifestyles (e.g., consumption, conservation), and reactions to natural events and government policies. What affect their opinions and lifestyles? Mass media? People that they talk to? How can they be changed? These are critical questions that demand answers in order to anticipate what people will do in a natural course of social and cultural transformation, or in response to policy changes.