There's No Planet B: Exploring Strategies for Changing Attitudes and Promoting Sustainable Behaviour at Every Level

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 41 (Main Building)
RC24 Environment and Society (host committee)

Language: English

Sustainability awareness has been slowly increasing since the 1960s amongst a minority of the population in Western industrialized societies. That awareness gained momentum in the 1980s and 1990s with the publication of the Brundtland Report, the establishment of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the Rio Summit in 1992, signing of the Kyoto protocols in 1997 and their date of adoption in 2005.
Twenty years have passed since Rio and little progress has been made in follow-up sessions and conferences. A key hindrance has been the unwillingness of the United States to sign the Protocol. Other countries have since withdrawn from the agreement (Canada in 2012), not taken on new targets (New Zealand, Japan, Russia) or are threatening to withdraw.
Since 2000 the effects of rapid climate change in industrialized countries (the power holders) have accelerated and media attention has increased. Awareness of climate change of sustainability issues have entered mainstream consciousness. At last sustainability has become a key political issue.
This session invites presentations that discuss strategies undertaken at every level (global, government, institutions and businesses to individual action), describe the successes and failures of efforts to promote sustainability awareness, change attitudes and behaviour in recent decades.
Session Organizer:
Lynne CIOCHETTO, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
Pro-Active Social Movement in Uncertain Social Issue of Sustainability: A Case Study of Citizen Cooperative in Japan
Yasushi MARUYAMA, Nagoya University, Japan; Makoto NISHIKIDO, Hosei University, Japan; Shota FURUYA, Researcher Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Japan; Tae NAKANE, Nagoya University, Japan
Media; The Main Tool for Problematizing the Environmental Issue; Case Study: Iran
Razieh KHAZAIE, Shiraz University, Iran; Nasser KARAMI, Bergen university, Norway