Raimi explores psychology and environmental action in Coursera "Act on Climate" interview

June 26, 2017

Kaitlin Raimi was interviewed as a featured expert for the Coursera open enrollment course, Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action, taught by U-M Professor Michaela Zint. The course focuses on 'how to translate learning into action on climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the built environment.”

In the interview, Raimi explains her research, which explores the links between psychology and environmental action: “Humans are the cause of climate change and so understanding how people think and act is really important if we want to solve this problem," she says. 

In particular, Raimi describes "environmental moral exporting"--the work people do to persuade others of their environmental views.

"[P]eople who are high in environmental exporting are more willing to have conversations, and they're more willing to have two-way conversations," says Raimi. They "really want to go out and engage with others and talk about these issues. And so I think those are much more promising in terms of actually moving the ball.”

To listen to the full interview, visit this website.