Jenna Ness, UST student researcher

UST Student Researcher Studies What Makes People Care about Climate Change

Jenna Ness ’14, an environmental studies and psychology double major, has conducted an experiment to understand more deeply what makes people care more or less about global climate change.

Her extracurricular study, “Climate Change Attitudes and Behavior: Are They Powered by Psychological Distance and Action Goals?” tested for differences in how her test subjects felt about global climate change when the threat seemed near or far away. The study showed, as expected, that subjects who received information about the effects of climate change in their local area were more like to perceive a need for themselves to take personal action to reduce their carbon footprint, compared to those who read only about effects far from their area. A more surprising result: those who received information about actions they could take also had a spike in motivation to reduce their carbon footprint, even if they had not read about local effects of climate change.

For more details, see the Newsroom story about Ness’s research.

Cardinal Turksen to Speak on Faith and Food

Cardinal Peter Turkson will speak at UST on Nov. 5, at 7:30 in the OEC Auditorium. Cardinal Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will speak on “Faith and the Call for a Human Ecology.” The talk is part of a symposium on Faith, Food and the Environment. Learn more in the Newsroom story.

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St. Thomas is a certified EPA Green Power partner

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UST signs Presidents Climate Commitment

President Dease announced the signing of the Presidents Climate Commitment at his 2008 Convocation Speech