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Net Impact Presents: How Culture Shapes The Climate Change Debate

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Segal Graduate School of Business

500 Granville Street

Room 2800

Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6

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A discussion with Andrew J. Hoffman, author of How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate & Professor of Sustainable Enterprise - University of Michigan.

Tentative Schedule for the evening:
5:30pm - Appetizers & Networking
6pm - Lecture with Andy Hoffman
6:45pm - Q&A
7pm - Book Draw & Networking

Six signed copies of How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate will be drawn for at the event, so don't miss your chance to get your hands on one for free!

A little more about the book:
Scientists have documented the processes and impacts by which human activity is changing the climate. And yet surveys show that the Americans are still divided on this issue. In the past election, climate change was a wedge issue on a par with abortion. Why is this so? Why do such large numbers of Americans reject the consensus of the scientific community? To answer this question, we must examine how people’s opinions on this and other complex scientific issues are based on their prior ideological preferences, personal experience, and values—all of which are heavily influenced by their referent groups and their individual psychology. Physical scientists may set the parameters for understanding the technical aspects of the climate debate, but they do not have the final word on whether society accepts or even understands their conclusions. We must acknowledge that the debate over climate change, like almost all environmental issues, is a debate over culture, worldviews, and ideology. In this way, it has become enmeshed in the so-called culture wars, much like other “cultural” issues that divide the country (abortion, gun control, health care, and evolution).

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