Why do we ignore climate change?

Internationally acclaimed UK author George Marshall will discuss why Australians are wired to ignore climate change at an upcoming La Trobe University Ideas and Society event.

George Marshall is the author of Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. He will join La Trobe University Professor and Ideas and Society Program Convenor Robert Manne to discuss the complex psychology behind climate change denial.

Over the past 25 years, George Marshall has worked at all levels of the environmental movement. Working through the Oxford-based Climate Outreach and Information Network, the charity he founded in 2004, he has become one of the leading European experts in climate change communications. 

Throughout his research, he has sought to answer a number of questions including why most people never talk about climate change, even those with personal experience of extreme record breaking weather, and why scientists - normally the most trusted professionals in society - have become distrusted, hated, and the targets for abuse.

"In my opinion, George Marshall has written one of the most significant books on what is by far the most important and troubling question we presently face," Professor Manne said. 

"Climate change denial has grown in Australia and elsewhere in recent years. This event promises to provide true depth of understanding of this issue. This is a great opportunity for people to hear the reflections of one of the world's most original and experienced thinkers on the question that will determine the human future." 

The event is part of the Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival and is supported by Psychology for a Safe Climate.      

The Ideas and Society Program is La Trobe's leading intellectual forum for debate, bringing together great minds to discuss today's biggest issues.

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Event details:

What:  Ideas and Society event: George Marshall in conversation with Robert Manne
6-7.30pm, Tuesday 17 February 2015
Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Additional information:
This is a free event, however registrations are highly recommended to avoid missing out. Visit the website to register and secure your place.

Media contact:

Leah Humphrys, Media and Communications Officer
T    + 61 3 9479 5353

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