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Positive Action: Science and psychology to support young Australians with climate distress
The Matilda Centre and Net Zero Initiative and bring you "Positive Action" to understand the psychology behind climate anxiety, arm you with practical strategies for managing your thoughts, and discover Net Zero solutions that industry can implement to bring about change.

We aim to empower young people through sharing lived experience, research on innovative scientific advances for climate change, and suggestions for supporting each other and engaging in active coping.

Register today and submit your question to the panel, chaired by Associate Professor Alice Motion, and with guest panel members Sam Wenger, Cheryl Ou, Susie Burke, Carol Ride, and Louise Shepherd.

Oct 11, 2022 06:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Alice Motion
Associate Professor @the University of Sydney
Alice is a chemist and science communicator based at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on open science and Science Communication, Outreach, Participation and Education (SCOPE). Finding ways to connect people with science and to make research more accessible is the overarching theme of Alice’s interdisciplinary research.
Sam Wenger
PhD student @the University of Sydney
Sam is a PhD student and is co-leading the Musk Foundation student XPRIZE team. He holds a Masters of Science in Energy and Sustainability from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research & Information Engineering from Cornell University. His PhD focuses on technoeconomics and Social License to operate for Direct Air Capture, and is jointly supervised by Professor Chris Wright from the Business School. He was a Direct Air Capture consultant at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C. and authors RemoveCarbon.co.
Cheryl Ou
Chairperson, Youth Advisory Board @NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use (PREMISE)
Cheryl is the chairperson of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use (PREMISE) and Matilda Centre Youth Advisory Board (YAB), providing input into the governance and research priorities of PREMISE and contribute to specific youth-focused research projects. The YAB comprises a culturally, linguistically and gender diverse group of 10 members aged 16-25, with representatives from metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas of Australia. They bring expertise and an interest in mental health and substance use via their own lived experience, that of their families or communities.
Susie Burke
Psychologist and climate change campaigner @susieburke.com.au
Dr Susie Burke is a psychologist, researcher, writer, and climate change campaigner with a background in individual and couples therapy, group work, conflict resolution, disaster psychology, parenting issues, and environmental issues. Susie helps people cope with and come to terms with climate change and disasters.
Carol Ride
Psychologist and Founder @Psychology for a Safe Climate
Carol is a psychologist and founder of Psychology for a Safe Climate. She has worked as a therapist and trainer for more than 30 years and has been involved in the climate movement since 2006, helping form a local community climate action group. Her shift to work in the field of climate change as a psychologist and activist is motivated by the urgent need to contribute to engaging and supporting people in responding to the unfolding climate crisis. She believes the huge injustice being done to our young people throughout the world is unconscionable.
Louise Shepherd
Psychologist and Director @The Sydney ACT Centre
Louise is a clinical psychologist with 25 years experience, across a range of settings, who was introduced to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in 2004 and became a peer reviewed trainer in 2012. She works as a therapist, supervisor, trainer, and executive coach and is the director of The Sydney ACT Centre. She is also a mum and step mum to three gorgeous girls, and this is what drives her commitment to climate action. Alongside her clinical work, she has spent the past few years as a Sydney organiser for the group, Australian Parents for Climate Action where she engages daily with a bunch of dedicated parents working towards a safe and sustainable future for their children and future generations.