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UCSB Conference on Social Science & Climate Change Solutions

This on-campus event will be livestreamed

Oct 11 2021 | 2:45pm - 5:15pm PDT Bren Hall / Online

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The solutions needed to address the climate crisis require both systematic policy actions from governments as well as individual actions by citizens. The goal of this conference is to understand how people—researchers and community members—approach climate change solutions in both their research and their daily lives. A wide range of social science research will be presented that focuses on recognizing the barriers to equitable climate change solutions, and how to overcome them. Each talk will present research from scientists on sustainability, as well as an examination by the researchers of how to magnify the beneficial impact of climate change research for all members of society—a process that requires both reflection and engagement.


Free Event
Registration for in-person attendance is now full. This event will be livestreamed. You can watch remotely using this link and passcode climate (no registration required for remote viewing).

Monday, October 11, 2021
2:30pm: Conference Check-in
2:45pm - 5:15pm: Conference Sessions
Reception to follow 
Held in Bren Hall 1414 @ UC Santa Barbara

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Schedule of speakers

Session 1 - 2:45pm

Policymakers Should Lead Not Follow Public Opinion on Climate Policy
Leaf Van Boven, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Connecting Local Events to Climate Change Motivates Climate Concern
Sarah Anderson, UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Exploring Climate Justice Solutions from Carceral Systems to our Neighborhoods
David Pellow, UCSB Environmental Studies

Session 2 - 4:00pm

Climate Change Advocacy and Personal Carbon Footprints
Shahzeen Z. Attari, Indiana University Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

The Psychology of Pro-environmental Support: In Search of Global Solutions for a Global Problem
Heejung Kim, UCSB Psychology & Brain Sciences

Scaling Up Sustainability Science: Cultivating New Kinds of Partnerships
Robert Cialdini, Arizona State University, Department of Psychology

Artists & Performers

The solutions needed to address the climate crisis require creativity, and the event will feature the work of creative artists who can help us understand the impact of climate change by communicating to us all what we have done, where we are, and where we may be going.

Poets will perform before speaker sessions. Artwork will be shown before the program begins and during the session break. The zine activity and music will be performed at the reception (not part of the livestream).

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  • Artwork on climate change by students of Sarita Zaleha, Lecturer, UCSB Department of Art and College of Creative Studies
  • Poetry by Amrah Salomón (O'odham, Mexican, European), Assistant Professor of English, University of California Santa Barbara, founding director of Regeneración Lab, member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice (CIEJ), and member of interdisciplinary UCSB American Indian and Indigenous Collective research initiative
  • Poetry by David Starkey, former Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, and Emeritus Professor of English at Santa Barbara City College, where he served as Director of Composition and Creative Writing
  • Zine activity hosted by UCSB College of Creative Studies and Art Honors Senior Madeleine Galas
  • Music at reception by UCSB alum Lucy LaForge, Lucy & La Mer

COVID-19 Protocol

This event will be held in compliance with UCSB and Santa Barbara County COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Masks required for the indoor conference. Consistent with UCSB requirements for vaccination for on-campus personnel, vaccination will be required of attendees. Registrants will be contacted with more information.


Registration is required and will be checked at the event - please show up @ 2:30p.m. Please use your UCSB email address to register, if applicable.


This conference is sponsored by the College of Letters and Science and the Center for Social Solutions to Environmental Problems at University of California Santa Barbara and the Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change at University of Colorado Boulder.


David Sherman, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB,
Leaf Van Boven, Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder,
Sarah Anderson, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB,

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