Can low consumption lifestyles help us meet climate goals?

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Rebecca Blackburn is a first year Psychology PhD student, and the inaugural recipient of our Game Change Scholarship. Her PhD examines the question - could low consumption lifestyles help us meet climate goals?

Consumption has major ramifications for the environmental health of our planet, especially climate change. If we are to have any hope of reaching climate targets, we need to challenge the paradigm of constantly buying the next new thing to impress ourselves and our neighbours. But how can we motivate lower consumption?

Minimalists are a group of people who have voluntarily reduced their consumption but not necessarily for environmental reasons. Could they hold the key to a more sustainable future?

Join us in this webinar to hear Rebecca discuss her research so far.

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5pm - Welcome and introduction.

5:05pm - Could low consumption lifestyles help us meet climate goals? Presentation by Rebecca Blackburn.

5:30pm - Q&A.

6pm - Event closes.

About the speaker

Rebecca Blackburn is a first year psychology PhD student. She is supervised by Professor Iain Walker, Dr Zoe Leviston and Dr Ashley Schram. Rebecca previously worked in environmental management and is the author of Green is Good – Smart Ways to Live Well and Help the Planet. She is a recipient of the inaugural Climate Change Game Changer Scholarship.