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Satire, humor, and environmental crises

The book Satire, humor, and Environmental Crises explores how satire and humor can be employed to address and mitigate ecological crises at individual and collective levels. Besides scientific and technological endeavors, solutions to ecological crises must entail sociale and communicative reform to persuade citizens, corporations, organizations, and policymakers to adopt more sustainable lifestyles and policies. This book will be of great interest for students and scholars interested in environmental humanities, communication science, psychology, and critical humor studies. It can further benefit environmental activists, policymakers, NGOs, and campaign organizers. 

Time to talk about values, time to say no

Be it solar panels or wind turbines, a town hall-style forum on proposed green energy plans where locals can have their say and gain a sense of trust in the process seems like the ideal setting to combat NIMBY-ism (Not In My Back Yard). Not necessarily: a new study from the University of Groningen finds the stage a proposed project is in effectively dictates who will show up to a public forum, what their values are, and how likely they are to oppose those plans outright. In their latest publication, “Time to talk about values, time to say no: What drives public participation in decision-making on energy projects?”, published in August in PLOS Climate, professors Goda Perlaviciute and Lorenzo Squintani found that the stage of plans – more abstract and global versus concrete and local – influenced who was likely to show up at a public forum on proposed renewable energy projects.

Making Groningen CO2 neutral in 2030

Making Groningen CO2 neutral in 2030 is a major challenge that can only be fulfilled by working together. To meet the issue, the Wubbo Ockels School, the Municipality, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Alfa College, and Noorderpoort College are collaborating on the development of a series of Changing Principles. These principles aim at reconsidering the way in mobility, heating, waste management, and other key aspects of the way in which oir Municipality functions. The first draft of such principles was handed to the Akkoord of Groningen, represented by Groningen Mayor Mr Koen Schuiling, during the House of Connections’ official opening ceremony on Tuesday 27 June.

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