CEC Chair attends Climate, Mind and Behavior Symposium

CEC's Keith Wheeler and Jack Byrne attended this symposium at the Garrison Institute, New York. View videos of key presentations on shifting human behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience.



The Climate, Mind and Behavior Program convenes leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of climate change and environmental advocacy, neuro-, behavioral and evolutionary economics, psychology, policy-making, social networking investing and social media. During the program’s annual symposia and regional meetings CMB network participants work together to identify ways to shift human behavior so as to realize large-scale greenhouse gas emissions reductions. It brought experts from these fields together for the second annual CMB symposium on March 2-4, 2011. Keith Wheeler, Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), attended the symposium along with Jack Byrne, CEC Specialty Group Leader.

Many discussions related strongly to CEC's thinking about where to focus energy as the Commission develops its next strategic plan, Keith said. Topics included the importance of messaging in climate communications, the neurological basis of behavior, emotional and unconscious dimensions of climate change communications and outreach strategy, human motivation, and the value of stories as a means of influencing and changing behavior.

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