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Engaging the public in changing food systems to tackle climate change

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An online lecture hosted by the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST).

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In this talk, co-hosted with Cardiff University Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh will argue for the importance of engaging the public in the changes required to address climate change, particularly focussing on changing consumers’ food choices and food system change.

She will present insights on public views on low-carbon, sustainable food policies from Climate Assembly UK - the first UK-wide citizen’s assembly on climate change, and present findings from research into how to change diets to promote low-carbon, sustainable food choices.

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Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport, based in the Department of Psychology, University of Bath. She is also Director of the ESRC-funded UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST).

She regularly advises governmental and other organisations on low-carbon behaviour change and climate change communication, was one of the expert leads for Climate Assembly UK, and is Lead Author for IPCC’s Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report. Her research projects have included studies of meat consumption, energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change.

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