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Multiple Values of Nature, Conference reflections

Last week I attended the Multiple Values of Nature conference in Bristol, run by the British Ecological Society and their new journal People and Nature, together with the Valuing Nature Partnership. The two-day conference drew together around 140 people – scientists from various disciplines, artists and policy makers with presentations on balancing multiple values, values as a means of change and transformation in society, and engaging diverse audiences. First of all, a big thank you to the all the presenters for putting across their ideas and views on these complex subjects, and to the organisers for bringing together this group of people. As with all good conferences, I left with a brain o

The Weekly Read - week 2

Here’s the second installment of the Weekly Read, our blog which brings you a little bit of social science each week. Continuing last week’s theme of behaviour change, here is a paper which explores why society is slow to respond to the widely acknowledged ecological and climate crises. Motivating Society-wide Pro-environmental Change by Thijs Bouman and Linda Steg One Earth, Volume 1, Issue 1, 20 September 2019, Pages 27-30 This paper explores how societal values may be influencing people’s willingness to change their behaviours to reduce environmental impacts. Bouman and Steg describe a popular explanation for the lack of action – that self-interest is people’s greatest motivator to act, m

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