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How to Counter False Choice Frames About Climate or COVID-19

2020-05-26T15:22:02+00:00May 25th, 2020|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Green New Deal|

"Do you want to eat your peas with a fork or a knife?" is a well known false choice that parents use with kids. In either choice, hopefully, they will eat their peas. False choices are a particular type of frame. They are used a lot with both climate [...]

Crows Explain Why the Death Toll In Trump’s Pandemic Doesn’t Matter

2020-05-17T17:39:37+00:00May 16th, 2020|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

The death toll does matter, but I want to tell you a story. When I was a kid, my father stopped to get gas at a country station. I saw an old man sitting in the shade outside. He was dressed in a torn hunting vest and ragged clothes. [...]

Did We Just Miss the Moment of Renewable Energy Convergence?

2020-05-10T19:27:05+00:00May 9th, 2020|General|

We need some good news during this period of national chaos. There were three news stories this week that could be missed during the pandemic, but together they signal the moment of convergence for clean low cost renewable energy. Convergence means the merging of distinct things. In this case, [...]

What Is Your Vision for a Better Climate Future?

2020-04-29T16:35:19+00:00April 28th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

I am captivated by maps. They possess some magical pull on my imagination. Names take on a mystical significance with the rhythm of their syllables; the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kyoto and the Cauca. This could just be a romantic reflection, but I am curious about our human attraction to horizons. [...]

What Can We Message About Climate Now?

2020-04-18T21:02:08+00:00April 18th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

As climate communicators, we are all struggling with three main questions during the pandemic. The first is when is an appropriate time to restart our messaging. The second is what messages work best during these times. The third is which audience targets yield the biggest benefits. A number of [...]

Climate Communicators – Be Careful of the Economic Narrative

2020-04-15T22:24:21+00:00April 15th, 2020|Climate Communications, Framing, Green New Deal|

I’d just finished giving testimony to an administrative law judge on why a new dirty tar sands pipeline was a bad idea. It is the climate equivalent of putting 40 black smoking coal plants in my state. There was a group of Union Local 49 guys in yellow t-shirts [...]

Focus on Differences Between the Pandemic and the Climate Crisis

2020-04-13T17:16:20+00:00April 13th, 2020|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

Remember when some kid told you that tennis balls had poison gas in them, and if you cut them open you would die? This became a widespread belief, or credo among my childhood friends. A credo may have some elements of truth, or sound true, or it can be [...]

Green Snakes and Petroglyphs

2020-04-14T03:29:20+00:00April 3rd, 2020|A Good Day|

(When I was in jail once, I could only sustain myself with my imagination. Pandemic social distancing feels similar, yet as necessary as fighting for the earth. We do it for each other because we care for each other. So this is for all my friends that are feeling [...]

The Bad Framing of the “People’s Bailout Campaign”

2020-04-02T17:40:08+00:00April 2nd, 2020|Climate Communications, Framing|

As communicators, we know words matter. They influence whether we are attracting people to a new idea or unconsciously turning them off. Naming the “People’s Bailout Campaign," by a coalition of groups, is one example where we could have done better with our words. Why? Because the campaign name [...]

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