By Madeleine de Trenqualye
How do we incentivize people to adopt the policies and behaviours urgently required to tackle climate change?
Canada is warming at twice the global rate, according to a new report issued by federal scientists earlier this year. That finding follows on the heels of a landmark UN report issued last fall, which warned that humanity has just 12 years to avoid the consequences of catastrophic climate change, from wildfires, rising sea levels, and food shortages.
Science tells us what the impacts of global warming will be. But social scientists — including political scientists, psychologists, economists and geographers — play an essential role in implementing solutions: in researching how our economic policies should be overhauled, how the climate crisis can be made comprehensible to the public, and how to incentivize society to adopt new behaviours.
We look at how four UBC Arts researchers are using insights from behavioural psychology, comparative policy, and environmental economics to advance climate change solutions.