Bristol Conversations in Education - Responding to the Climate Emergency – Psychology and (dis)obedience
Professor Colin Davis, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol
Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public.
The University of Bristol declared a Climate Emergency in April 2019, becoming the first university in the world to do so. Over 7000 colleges and universities worldwide have now followed suit. But how do individuals respond to this emergency? What are the psychological forces that allow us to ignore the facts of climate breakdown? Business-as-usual will lead to catastrophe — what makes us carry on regardless? Professor Davis will consider these questions from the perspective of psychological studies of obedience and conformity. He’ll also discuss the power of disobedience, and why he has embraced civil disobedience as part of the Extinction Rebellion.