Adam R. Aron (University of California, San Diego): The Essential Role of Social Mobilization in Confronting the Climate Crisis


Event Description

ABSTRACT: Why, despite all we know about the causes and harms of global heating, has so little effective action been taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and what we can do to change that? In this presentation, Aaron will argue that, even with the advent of the Inflation Reduction Act, the pathway to stopping dangerous global heating will require a much larger social mobilization of advocacy and activism to impel decision makers to abandon fossil fuels, and transition to renewable energy and electrification embedded in a political and social framework guided by justice principles. He will illustrate the social mobilization on climate with examples from our grassroots and advocacy struggles in both the University of California and the city of San Diego, and will discuss ideas of how to increase mobilization.

Adam Aron is a climate activist and professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego. His research and teaching now focus on the social science of collective action on the climate crisis. His climate activism has been through the Green New Deal at UC San Diego where he has volunteered on several campaigns such as fossil fuel divestment and also campus decarbonization via ElectrifyUC, and he has also produced the documentary Coming Clean. Adam recently authored the book: The Climate Crisis. Before switching to the climate crisis, Adam had a successful career in cognitive neuroscience. He earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA.

  • Climate Futures Initiative in Science, Values and Policy (CFI)
  • University Center for Human Values