Media and the Science Behind Truth

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 11:00 to Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 10:55
Where: Zoom
When: March 24, 2021 - 11:00AM to March 25, 2021 - 10:55AM

Can the corporate sector change its spots in sufficient time and gain the credibility of a skeptical public that it can be a saviour rather than the pariah of tackling inequity and carbon neutrality?

Why do people reject the science of climate change; what are the consequences of accepting misinformation and what role does psychology and the media play in overcoming this resistance?

Hear from internationally recognized speakers and authors with interesting stories, facts and examples of how ‘truth’ has become unanchored, is undermining science, and creating roadblocks to a common public understanding and dialogue about the risks and challenges for tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.

This webinar features internationally acclaimed author and scholar of environmental issues and sustainable enterprise, Dr. Andrew Hoffman, Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School for Environment and Sustainability, and a Winspear Fellow at the University of Victoria's Gustavson School of Business. Dr. Hoffman's research, teaching and writing examines the ways that environmental issues emerge as managerial, economic and political concerns. He has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and on National Public Radio. Dr. Hoffman believes that the public debate around climate change is no longer about science but about values, culture and ideology. He has published 18 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, many of which have won major awards. In 2020, he received a Best Teaching Award and a Distinguished Scholar Award in 2018, plus has been recognized many times during the course of his career. Celebrated Washington, DC lawyer and constitutional expert, Mace Rosenstein, rejoins us for this webinar. He will cover the impact of unethical political leaders and how those in positions of power rationalize their lies and why others believe them sometimes fervently. His experience advising media and telecommunications companies on complex strategic, policy, legal, and regulatory matters for nearly 30 years, provides an inside look into the workings of media and messaging. Dr. David Fago is a clinical psychologist and adjunct associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland. He has both engaged in and supervised clinical practice for the past 45 years and published several papers and book chapters.

He will explore the psychology behind fact and fiction and ways to overcome the divide. Bob Sandford is an award-winning author and editor of more than 35 books. He holds the Global Water Futures Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He will explore how Canada is not immune from the use of misinformation and that we need to be “on guard for Thee” to arrest this trend and protect a civil discourse.