Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Place: Essex Public Library
Time: 6:45 PM
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Marlon
Jennifer Marlon, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC). She obtained her Ph.D. and M.S. in Geography from the University of Oregon. Dr Marlon studies human-environment interactions- how geography, psychology, and social processes drive environmental changes, and how humans perceive and respond to these changes. Her current research focuses on risk perceptions of extreme weather, including hurricanes, droughts and heat waves.
Given the complexity of climate change- its causes, consequences and possible solutions- it is not surprising that Americans have very different ways of responding to it. According to Dr. Marlon’s research, there are in fact, six unique groups or “interpretive communities” within society who each respond to the issue of human-caused climate change in their own distinct ways. Dr. Marlon’s presentation will examine climate change through the lens of national public opinion and the “Six Americas.”
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