Public invited to environmental lecture at UConn

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and a research scientist at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, will give a talk entitled “Climate Change in the American Mind” for the University of Connecticut’s Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on nature and the environment. The talk will take place on Thursday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m. at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium, at UConn. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Leiserowitz will report on recent trends in Americans’ climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy support, and behavior and discuss strategies for more effective public engagement. He is a widely recognized expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change.

His research investigates the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior. He has conducted survey, experimental, and field research at scales ranging from the global to the local, including international studies, the United States, individual states (Alaska and Florida), municipalities (New York City), and with the Inupiaq Eskimo of Northwest Alaska. He also conducted the first empirical assessment of worldwide public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding global sustainability, including environmental protection, economic growth, and human development.

Dr. Leiserowitz  has served as a consultant to the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, the Global Roundtable on Climate Change at the Earth Institute (Columbia University) and the World Economic Forum.

The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment. The lectures are open to the public and do not require registration. For additional information  call 860.486.4460 or visit doddcenter.uconn.edu/asc/events/teale/teale.htm

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