The Great Community Climate Change Experiment

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Professor Geoff Beattie, Dr Laura McGuire and Prof Christopher Dent are working together with Research Assistant Paula Garlick on the British Academy funded project – ‘The Great Community Climate Change Experiment’. It will be based on a series of local community events organised in the Northwest region, where the audience will take part in some unique psychological research.

Local adult audiences will be shown a new film produced by Laura McGuire and Geoff Beattie that documents the journey of Kirkby school children as they engage with climate change through creative arts workshops and how their behaviour changed as a consequence. The researchers will assess whether the voices and actions of local children are more effective at convincing adults to change their own attitudes and behaviour.

Professor Beattie says: “If urgent action against climate change is going to be effective, we have to learn how best to convince people to make changes to their everyday lives and live more sustainably. However, many people feel they can’t do anything that will actually make a difference. We are assessing whether people are more likely to alter their behaviour once they’ve seen children from their own community change as a result of increased emotional engagement with climate change through the creative arts. It’s a very local angle on climate change, with a very high-level goal – making significant change in attitudes to sustainability.”

Four experiment events have been thus far organised:

Wednesday 18th May, John Archer Hall, 6pm

68 Upper Hill Street (corner of Windsor Street)
Liverpool L8 1YR.

Book your event using this link: The Great Community Climate Change Experiment – John Archer Hall

Tuesday 24th May, Edge Hill University (Law and Psychology Room LP.026), 4pm

St Helens Road, Ormskirk L39 4QP.

Book your event using this link: The Great Community Climate Change Experiment – Edge Hill

Friday 24th June, Southport Eco-Centre, 6pm

Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX.

Book your event using this link: The Great Community Climate Change Experiment – Southport Eco-Centre