February 24, 2015: Guest Lecture
Liese Coulter

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30-1:30 pm

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall

Here and now: Talking about the future to adapt to climate change

Abstract: Over the past twenty years the future climate has often been characterized as dangerous, affecting people’s willingness to envision, discuss, and plan for the future. Despite this, a few concerned people are constructing and sharing future oriented narratives. They use these stories to support personal planning and discussions with friends and family who aim to adapt to climate change. Impacts from climate change are frequently characterized as something that will happen at a distant time and, especially in relatively wealthy and politically stable countries, such as Australia and Canada, in a distant place.

Recently however, discourse regarding climate change impacts has become more immediate and personal, as reflected in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report showing that near-term climate change will influence our environment over the next twenty years. A need therefor arises to better understand how climate change is reflected in expectations of the future. Accordingly, this study is asking people who work with climate information how they think their personal lives will be affected by climate change up to 2035.

A series of Futures Typologies have emerged from the initial analysis. A better understanding of these developing narratives can provide opportunities to support pro-active and positive discourse in community climate change adaptation and to better deliver climate information.

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Bio: While completing a MSc Communication, Liese authored a report on voluntary carbon offsets for the Global Carbon Project. She has consulted with government departments and universities, and managed communications to support adaptation to climate change for the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CSIRO and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). Liese is a PhD researcher at Griffith University who is visiting UBC under the auspices of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).