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Yolanda Waters and Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE

Learn more about ActNowFilm participants Yolanda Waters and Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh FHEA MBE.


Photos of ActNowFilm participants Yolanda Waters and Lorraine Whitmarsh, with their names displayed underneath. The bottom of the picture features the ActNowFilm logo and the film title “Youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts”.
Yolanda Waters and Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE are one of 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and climate experts from across the world matched for 1-2-1 conversations as part of this year’s ActNowFilm.

ActNowFilm: youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts is an international youth voices in climate change project, selected to showcase at COP28. The film is based on 1-2-1 conversations between 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and world leading climate experts.

Yolanda Waters is an Australian environmental and marine social scientist. Her research interests include environmental psychology, behaviour change, effective climate change and marine conservation outreach, nature-based tourism and marine socio-ecology.

Yolanda is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. Her PhD research explores the diverse connections between people and iconic marine ecosystems, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and whether these connections provide a unique pathway for strengthening public engagement with climate action. To ensure applied research outcomes, she has worked closely with several collaborative partners and end-users, including the Australian Marine Conservation Society, the Coral Reef Research Hub, and the Great Barrier Reef tourism industry.

Yolanda is also the community coordinator for Divers for Climate, a community-led initiative which brings together the global dive community in the fight against climate change.

Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE is an environmental psychologist based at the University of Bath, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport. She is Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). Her research projects have included studies of energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change.

Between 2014 and 2019, she held a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant – Low-Carbon Lifestyles & Behavioural Spillover (CASPI) – and since 2019 holds an ERC Consolidator Grant – Understanding and leveraging ‘moments of change’ for pro-environmental behaviour shifts (MOCHA). She is also a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Working Group II; and regularly advises governmental and other organisations on low-carbon behaviour change and climate change communication.


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