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Why disaster risk reduction and climate change needs you!

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Talk: Why disaster risk reduction and climate change needs you! Disasters are the result of the nexus between human populations and natural hazards for the most part. It is important that disaster risk, which can be extended to climate change are recognised, understood and most importantly, acted upon. The first half of this presentation will take you a journey through tectonic landscapes that often scream warnings to us, but are ignored. The reasons for this are rooted in how we perceive and understand threats, risk and response, including whose responsibility it is to respond. We will look at the way in which human beings live with risk and in some cases exacerbate it before exploring how individuals, not scientists, corporations or governments have the greatest potential to limit these risks and carry out their own protective measures. My research explores the extent to which Transformative Learning practices may help us confront our fears, sense of helplessness and stasis in the face of such threats, providing a practical and achievable ways forward. The second half of the talk will explore these ideas as well as showing how they work in practice, giving some examples from my fieldwork in a community in Santa Barbara, California.


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