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What Climate Leaders Fail to Understand About the Election!

2022-11-28T18:46:24+00:00November 27th, 2022|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Identity|

... And What We Can Do About It. The election is over. We didn’t get shellacked as bad as we thought. We took a few state houses. Many political and climate leaders are calling it a victory. So we feel pretty good about our efforts. Even though we know [...]

Is the Marlboro Man Really the Identity We Need To Help With Climate Collapse?

2022-11-28T20:04:24+00:00November 27th, 2022|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Identity|

I saw an ad for a Chevy truck last night. It had all the requisite touch points: the deep base male voice-over, the truck driving up an impossible mountain, a female passenger adoring the ride, and by association, her driver. What caught my attention was the line “… equipped [...]

The One Question Every Climate Activist Needs To Ask…

2022-11-04T19:04:19+00:00August 21st, 2022|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Framing|

In the late 1950s, Phillip Morris & Co. hired Leo Burnett Advertising to change the image of their feminine filtered cigarettes to make them more masculine. Filtered cigarettes were a technical ruse. They were supposed to be healthier, but were mostly smoked by women. Burnett launched one of history’s [...]

What the Climate Movement Is Missing With the New IRA Climate Bill

2022-08-18T15:57:07+00:00August 12th, 2022|Climate Communications, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging|

… And We Better Figure It Out Fast As liberals, progressives and climate activists we are busy analyzing and dissecting the new (poorly named) “Inflation Reduction Act” climate bill. Does it contain too many giveaways to fossil fuel companies? Is it enough? How much will it lower our carbon [...]

How to Frame the Right’s Bad Climate Ideas and Delay

2022-08-02T15:30:29+00:00July 24th, 2022|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Environmental Messaging, Framing, Language|

“We can no longer tolerate Republican’s bankrupt delay on climate.” Do you get an image or feeling on the quality of their delay from this sentence? If we want our ideas to spread, we must use words that create images and feelings and connect them to stories and narratives [...]

How Samuel Alito Just Screwed Your Kids, and What You Can Do About It

2022-07-01T15:43:37+00:00June 30th, 2022|General|

“Now, what is a pollutant? A pollutant is a subject that is harmful to human beings or to animals or to plants. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Carbon dioxide is not harmful to ordinary things, to human beings, or to animals, or to plants. It’s actually needed for [...]

What’s Your Strategy for These Words of Climate Delay?

2022-11-04T14:29:22+00:00June 27th, 2022|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Language|

“We may not know what lies ahead, but it’s only human to search for it.” – Chevron This is the concluding sentence from a recent Chevron ad I saw. Seems innocuous. It’s lofty and inspirational and would likely slip past, except it raised my “cow waste” detector. Not many [...]

We Have the Word “Drought” All Wrong

2022-05-26T17:18:16+00:00May 26th, 2022|Actions You Can Take, Climate Change, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

I was in the great Southwest in April. I drove north up 84 toward Las Vegas, New Mexico glad to finally have a 40 mph tailwind. Halfway there, I ran into a tumbleweed storm. Hundreds of dusty rolling aliens flying across the road like some herd of strange frightened [...]

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 [...]

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