Hope and Collective Action

Mon. 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. MDT

Environmental risk and adversity undermine relationships to place and compromise what makes life in a community good. When a shared sense of hope and group efficacy prevail, however, such adversity can lead to collective action. The panel will discuss the concepts of hope, group efficacy, and collective action and how they operate within a variety of cultural contexts and in relation to new environmental risks, including examples from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first responders, Texas oil development impacts, Ecuadorian disaster resettlement, and faith leaders who address climate despair and ecological grief.

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