Building Resilience Against Climate Misinformation
The first in our Climate Change Education Engagement Series
A series of public events with related teacher workshops. Open to everyone, including community members, youth climate advocates, and educators.
People are overwhelmed with misinformation that can create confusion around important issues such as climate change. Dr. John Cook will share discoveries from his extensive scientific research into how our minds respond to misinformation and conspiracy theories, and engage you with techniques to identify and neutralize misinformation in your daily life. He has found great success in “gamification,” including his latest app, Cranky Uncle!
Teacher Workshop: APRIL 7
Gather to reflect with peers on the skills needed to address climate misinformation, and apply that understanding to your teaching and learning spaces.
Check out Critical Thinking Cafe, a 3-minute video by John Cook and his colleagues that uses humor to introduce and explain how to dismantle misinformation. For a deeper dive into the ideas on deconstructing misinformation, watch this video (14 min) by John and team.
John is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. His research focus is understanding and countering misinformation about climate change, with an emphasis on using critical thinking to build resilience. He obtained his PhD at the University of Western Australia, studying the cognitive psychology of climate science denial. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website that won the 2011 Australia Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge. In 2013, he published a paper that was highlighted by President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. In 2015 at the University of Queensland, he led the development of a Massive Open Online Course on climate science denial, that has received 40,000+ enrollments from over 185 countries. He co-authored the college textbooks, Climate Change: Examining the Facts and Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis, as well as the book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand.
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