Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Morrissey, Matthew

Preferred Name - Second Author

Schmidt, Joshua

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Honors Interdisclipinary

Advisor(s)

Dr. Bradley Newcomer

Abstract

This project is a composition of a literature review, our learning process, and an attached experimental project. The project as a whole sought to understood how and why policies/corporations resist environmentally sustainable practices/laws and makes suggestions for how to convince people to change their behaviors and utilize their power as consumers. Overall, our goal was to investigate and understand the relationship between science and the public by composing a literature review of environmental science, sociology, and psychology papers, and then compose a presentation that would communicate the threat of climate change. The interdisciplinary nature of climate change made this research necessary because prior to this project, we understood climate change solely on a scientific level, without fully understanding the other spheres involved in environmental science. The literature review outlines instances of when environmental science has effectively engaged non-scientists and other areas of the field that have failed to connect to the public. The subsequent sections and text explain our thought process and our attempts to begin addressing the public successfully and creatively.

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