Environmental Messaging – Carl Sagan (Dust Mote) – Per Espen Stoknes (The Living Air)

2018-02-20T16:56:18+00:00February 20th, 2018|Climate politics, Environmental Messaging, Nature|

Climate and the environment shouldn’t be political issues, but they are. Conservatives are more skeptical, and the current administration, as well as local politicians, are doing immense damage to renewable energy and the climate. As a result, many people are trying to figure out how to move the needle [...]

Environmental Messaging: Are Your Messages Hitting These Five Walls?

2018-01-20T04:33:59+00:00January 20th, 2018|Climate politics, Environmental Messaging|

We can be much more successful in getting people to act on the environment if we use better messaging. So much of our messaging is based on facts, doom and gloom, reacting to the frames put out by deniers, or trying to counter actions by the current administration. The [...]

Environmental Messaging: New Year’s Resolutions for Messaging

2017-12-23T02:51:28+00:00December 26th, 2017|Environmental Messaging|

Last year was rough year for the environment. Part of this is due to our messaging. Now is a time to reflect and recharge. What if we could be more effective in our communications? Imagine more members and volunteers. Easier fund-raising. More victories with legislation. I admit that I [...]

Environmental Messaging: We Can’t Convert Conservatives on Climate

2017-11-24T18:43:05+00:00November 24th, 2017|Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting|

I apologize.* I was wrong. I believed there was a way to have a conversation with conservatives about the environment and the climate crisis. I’ve criticized some of my friends and colleagues for arguing the facts against climate denial, (see Climate Change is Real, So What?) which re-enforces the [...]

A Climate Champion’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving

2017-10-30T21:29:51+00:00October 31st, 2017|Environmental Messaging|

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s that national holiday when we celebrate family dysfunction. This is especially true for those of us concerned about the environment, climate, and the earth. You’ve resolved ahead of time not to engage with Uncle Ralph. (Why does your mother always invite him?) [...]

Environmental Messaging – Enbridge Line 3 False Choices

2018-08-10T21:38:23+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Climate Change, Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting|

As big as Keystone XL and DAPL, do we need another pipeline from the world’s dirtiest source of oil? I sat through most of the testimony in the public hearings on Enbridge’s request for a “Certificate of Need” for their Line 3 oil pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota. Arguments [...]

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