Cyberseminar on Culture, Beliefs and the Environment

This cyberseminar will feature a webinar hosted by Future Earth.  The webminar summarizes the background paper, and introduces the themes being addressed by the other expert panelists. The Webinar presenters are Dr. Vegard Skirbekk of the Columbia Aging Center and the PERN coordinators, Drs. Susana Adamo and Alex de Sherbinin. 

The webinar will be held on Monday, 15 May 2017, from 14:00-15:00 UTC  (9:00 - 10:30 AM Eastern Time in US & Canada).

You do not need to register in advance, but simply join the webinar at (100 person capacity).  To take part in a meeting you must have a browser, a copy of Flash® Player 13 or higher, and an Internet connection.

This Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) cyberseminar focuses on culture, belief systems, values, and the environment. The world is facing dramatic demographic shifts, and these are associated with different cultural values and belief systems that have implications for the environment. Industrialized countries face rapid aging while developing countries have large children and youth populations. These different patterns, and the cultural values and beliefs associated with them, have implications for population dynamics and how societies relate to the environment and how they are impacted by environmental changes and hazards. This relatively little studied area of the population-environment nexus is ripe for new discoveries.
Culture, belief systems and values are central to environmental decision making and behavior and to how people perceive and respond to risks and crises. Census, survey, focus group and other demographic data collection methods are central to understanding belief systems as they relate to the demographic makeup of society, including racial and ethnic groups, age and sex distribution, education attainment, and geographic factors. The cyberseminar will address a number of topics, including: (1) cultural attitudes and values as they relate to perceptions of the environment; (2) culture, belief systems, values and environmentally significant consumption patterns; (3) religious beliefs and their implications for age structure and population growth; (4) how religious and other beliefs vary by population composition; and (5) vulnerability and perceptions of risk as they relate to different demographic groups. 

Date: 15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017

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