Psychology

Eco-anxiety and the Climate Strike

This week on Terra Informa, we catch up with Dr. Holli-Anne Passmore to talk about eco-anxiety and the feelings driving global climate action this past week. After the interview with Dr. Passmore,  we’ve got audio and interviews from the September 27 Climate Strike on the Alberta Legislature grounds.

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Eco-anxiety and Dr. Holli-Anne Passmore

Terra Informer Eric Bowling spoke with positive psychologist Dr. Holli-Anne Passmore. Positive psychology seeks to support people as they accept their past, feel happiness and excitement about their future, and contentment in the present. Dr. Passmore’s work focuses on the relationship between people, nature, and well-being, and has been published in numerous academic journals and presented at national and international conferences.

Climate Strike Edmonton

Last week, people around the world came out in record numbers to call for climate action. This week of action was kicked off and wrapped up by two major events on Friday September 20th and Friday September 27th. Canada’s strikes and marches were planned for this past Friday, September 27th to conclude this week of action.

Here in Edmonton, Alberta, an estimated 4000 people converged on the legislature building downtown, and an estimated 1000 people rallied in Calgary.

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Keeping Oil Underground + Inside Animal Minds

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This week, we speak to a cognitive psychologist and crawl into the minds of animals—specifically, the minds of our cats. But first, we discuss how tricky it will be to avoid climate change by keeping the world’s oil in the ground.

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Keeping Canada’s oil in the ground

On January 8, the top scientific journal Nature published a letter that outlined the amount of fossil fuels the world needs to leave in the ground to limit global warming. Titled “The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius”, it was written by Christophe McGlade and Paul Ekins. The article drew a lot of mainstream attention, particularly here in Canada, due to the claim that 85% of Canadian bitumen reserves are unburnable. The Enbridge Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Alberta, Andrew Leach, is a contributor to Maclean’s magazine and wrote a response to the article. Andrew Leach spoke to Carson Fong about the issue.

Cats on cats

After speaking with cognitive psychologist Robert Cook about animal minds, Trevor Chow-Fraser asked a few of his friends to talk about their cats. And while they’re sometimes loving and hilarious — other times, they just don’t make any sense at all! Here’s his story about crawling inside the minds of our alien companions, including contributions from Robert Cook, professor of psychology at Tufts University, and the University of Alberta’s Hannah McGregor and Clare Mulcahy.