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Tuesday, November 23 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
909: Freeing Climate Ambition from Misinformation Barriers

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Organized by: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Climate change is a defining global challenge of our time. Effectively addressing it requires significant changes in individual and collective human behavior and decision-making. Scientific literacy also plays an important role in addressing climate change. Research shows that a relatively small amount of climate misinformation is effective in lowering people’s acceptance of climate action. Research has also shown that knowledge, education, and awareness on its own are not enough to drive behaviour change. Panelists will explore how science literacy, journalism, and behavioural sciences can further support or explain the failure to act on climate change.

Moderators
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Eric M. Meslin

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS is President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies, an independent organization that conducts assessments of evidence to inform Canadian public policy. Over a three-decade career in academic and government settings he has held prior positions... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Marianne Mader

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Association of Science Centres
Dr. Marianne Mader is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Associations of Science Centres (CASC), one of the largest membership-based associations of informal science learning organizations in Canada, which collectively engages over 10 million visitors each year. In addition... Read More →
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John Cook

Research Fellow, Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub
John Cook is a Research Fellow at Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge and 2016 Friend of the Planet Award from the National... Read More →
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Jiaying Zhao

Associate Professor, University of British Colombia
Jiaying Zhao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia and the Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Sustainability. Dr. Zhao was a guest speaker on an Apple Podcast... Read More →
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Matthew Nisbet

Professor, Northeastern University
Matthew Nisbet, CAMD Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Professor Public Policy and Urban Affairs, has conducted extensive research on climate change communication, studying the overlap between communication, science, and policy. His latest scholarly project was recently... Read More →
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Laura Wesley

Director General of Communications, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Having served as the Director General of COVID-19 Communications Priorities, with the Privy Council Office (PCO), Laura focused on whole-of-government integration in the Government of Canada’s (GC) communications response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also led PCO’s Advertising... Read More →


Tuesday November 23, 2021 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST
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