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Bigfoot and Jackalope – Moving Beyond Reactive Climate Campaigns

2021-10-20T14:56:54+00:00October 10th, 2021|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy|

Let’s say we wake up and find out that Jackalope are going extinct because they are being eaten by Bigfoot. After all, they are a favorite delicacy of Bigfoot. What do we do? We probably start a Save the Jackalope campaign... of course. We have to make people aware [...]

What Junk Words Are You Using in the Climate Crisis?

2021-10-03T18:03:18+00:00October 3rd, 2021|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Language|

There are no magic words. Words that you can say that will make people suddenly understand and then prevent our rapidly unfolding climate chaos. Some words are better than others, but lots of them are just junk. Of course there is more to the climate crisis than words. But [...]

The Reconciliation Bill: Can You Overcome These 3 Climate Messaging Mistakes?

2021-09-26T17:11:32+00:00September 25th, 2021|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

What is the Reconciliation bill, what’s in it, and can we afford it? Once again, the Left and climate champions missed the messaging on the “$3.5T Reconciliation Bill,” and it may be DOA, primarily because of 3 mistakes. The Right didn’t have to spend much effort to do this, [...]

Frames and Framing – A Better Way To Think About Climate Messaging

2021-08-10T19:03:56+00:00August 10th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Framing|

Part V When I became a climate activist, I believed that there must be some phrase or a set of magic words that would get others to see the climate threat and act. Searching for these words was a fool’s errand. I knew words held power. But I was [...]

The Value of Stories – A Better Way To Think About Climate Messaging

2021-08-10T18:51:00+00:00July 25th, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

Part IV I’d like to tell you a story… I called my daughter and said, “Your son is home from the ER now, and he is going to be OK.” Imagine that you are driving in Atlanta rush hour traffic. In the middle lane. Your eight-year-old grandson is in [...]

Pivoting to Our Narratives – A Better Way To Think About Climate Messaging

2021-08-10T18:46:32+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

(originally published July 2020) Part III I am giving testimony to an administrative law judge on the impact of climate change on Minnesota crops, and why we shouldn’t allow a dirty tar sands pipeline to be built in our state. There are three hundred people in the room. To [...]

Values – A Better Way to Think About Climate Messaging

2021-08-10T18:37:18+00:00July 22nd, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Stories|

Part II One day a friend of mine was helping me refine my climate talks approach. He asked me why I was interested in working in the climate movement. It’s easy I said, “I want to help others.” Then he did something very valuable for me. He asked me [...]

A Better Way to Think About Effective Climate Messaging

2021-08-10T18:28:46+00:00July 21st, 2021|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

Part I I am frustrated. Walking out of my talk on the climate crisis, I know that I have failed. I’d prepared, rehearsed and had lots of facts about climate. The audience was polite, but at the end, their applause was tepid. While they likely care, they are unlikely [...]

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