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The Essential Role of Social Mobilization in Confronting the Climate Crisis

When: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CT

Where: Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Jeff Henderson  

Group: Trienens Institute

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Join us in welcoming Professor Adam Aron from the University of California San Diego and City of Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss for a hybrid (online and in-person) presentation on The Essential Role of Social Mobilization in Confronting the Climate Crisis!

A pre-event reception with food and beverages will take place at 5:30pm outside McCormick Auditorium. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Free event. This is a hybrid event (with speakers in-person and online via Zoom). Register below to attend online. 

This event is jointly organized by the Cognitive Neuroscience Program, the Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy, the Department of Psychology, and the N.W. Harris Fund, Northwestern University.

Who: Professor Adam Aron, UC San Diego | Mayor Daniel Biss, City of Evanston
What: The Essential Role of Social Mobilization in Confronting the Climate Crisis
Where: McCormick Auditorium, Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 | Online via Zoom
When: Wednesday, September 27th | 5:30pm reception, 6-7pm presentation

About Adam Aron
Professor Aron is a cognitive neuroscientist, professor of psychology, and climate activist. His research focuses on the social psychology of collective action on the climate crisis. His recently published book is The Climate Crisis. Professor Aron co-founded the UC Green New Deal coalition. See the associated documentary here.

About the presentation
Why, despite all we know about the causes and harms of global heating, has so little effective action been taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and what we can do to change that? In this presentation, Adam Aron will argue that, even with the advent of the Inflation Reduction Act, the pathway to stopping dangerous global heating will require a much larger social mobilization of advocacy and activism to impel decision-makers to abandon fossil fuels, and transition to renewable energy and electrification embedded in a political and social framework guided by justice principles. Aron will illustrate the social mobilization on climate with examples from grassroots and advocacy struggles in both the University of California and the city of San Diego, and will discuss ideas of how to increase mobilization.

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