Social Influences on Environmental Engagement
February 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Environmental issues are increasingly entrenched in social meanings. Indeed, differences in an individual’s understanding of and responses to pressing environmental issues have become less about science and more about what these issues “conservation and sustainability” mean for society and disparate social groups. In this webinar, we will discuss how socially-relevant factors, such as social norms, identity, and worldviews, differentially shape individual’s positive engagement (or lack thereof) with the environment.
Presenter: Meaghan Guckian, PhD is Core Faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. Working at the intersection of conservation psychology, communications, judgment, and decision-making, and environmental conservation, Meaghan’s research examines the behavioral underpinnings of the multifaceted social-ecological dilemmas facing society. She received her PhD in Environmental Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying how intentional social interactions can act as both barriers and conduits to environmental progress.